How many times a week do you frequent a charity shop?
Up to 5 times a week.
Which is your favourite local charity shop?
My Local Sue Ryder Care, which is less than 10 minutes walk away.
Which charity shop would you go and help?
One in another town, to see new faces as I'm very familiar with all the ones in my local town!!
Which do you think offers the consumer better value for money charity shop or car boot?
Boot Sales offer better bargains, especially for 50p to £3, but you do really have to rummage for them. Charity shops in my area aren't too dear and offer a wide variety at reasonable prices, generally anything from £2-£10, depending on the item.
Would you change the pricing in a charity shop(i.e. do you think too expensive or too cheap)?
I think the charity shops in my town and surrounding areas are priced just right, even for a good quality item, I rarely pay more than £8. London charity shops are expensive in my opinion, for high street items especially. I understand how Mary wanted to place expensive items in a shop for a lot more money-I'm not sure how this would work on a long term basis, especially when volunteers are unfamiliar with designer names. Items may be better off being auctioned on ebay by the charity, I know a lot of the charities work this way now.
How motivating do you think Mary Portas is?
I love her, I think she has a great attitude, but I suppose it must be hard for her when a lot of the old dears are stuck in their ways of working and methods-but she is giving it a go, much needed in some areas, I think! I really enjoyed the programme on Tuesday night, it's great because I can really see her vision and where she wants her shop to be, but there is also the other side of it regarding the volunteers and what they can do, considering they don't get paid and what's expected of them. Very interesting indeed!
If you had to work with one of the Orpington old dears who would you choose?
I love Leila, a great sense of humour!! Brenda and Graham are too set in their own ways I think!
Have you every volunteered in a charity shop?
No, I've debated it, but I've decided its just as good to buy from them and donate things regularly too. I will never say never though.
What top tip would you give to a charity shop virgin?
Expect the unexpected, be prepared to have a good rummage and stock up on key quality items, such as jeans, jackets and dresses. Oh, and always look at other items even if you're not intending to buy them. Yesterday afternoon, I went looking for costume jewellery, but because I look and scan most different items, I scored a gorgeous fluid jersey beige DKNY dress for only £4.99, which fits like a glove!!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY SHARON-ROSE!!