Interested in donating unwanted belongings to a charity shop? Or maybe you're on the lookout for some bargain shopping? Then check out the various outlets listed on Yellow which offer donated items at very affordable prices. They are generally managed by non-profit organisations which work relentlessly for various worthy causes to help those in need both locally and in the international sphere. All the proceeds obtained from these thrift stores go for charitable causes or humanitarian projects.
Certain shops collect funds for people with disability, persons who are financially unstable or those in need of medical treatments, and much more. Through the precious work of NGOs and their volunteers, these vulnerable individuals can have their lives brightened up by the donations collected.
A number of charity shops are established to help animal sanctuaries providing shelter to stray animals, cats and dogs in particular. These animal shelters can only function with the help of donations and strive to collect food and bedding for abandoned pets.
Some of these thrift shops are open all year round, while others open their doors for a defined period of time to collect money for a project, so do keep your eyes open.
What do charity shops offer?
These stores are usually brimming with vintage and bizarre items oozing character and history. They offer both brand new goods which may have been unwanted gifts and second-hand items in good condition. They do not sell torn or damaged items.
Products you can get your hand on include antique and modern furniture, appliances, glassware, pots and pans, ceramics and other kitchenware and household goods.
Do you like experimenting with clothes from different eras? Through the diversity of formal and casual apparel for men, women and kids, you may be able to put together an outfit if you are donned with a creative eye. Second-hand clothing may have come back in fashion and can be adjusted and blended with more modern garments to create a unique look. Cheap wedding dresses can also be found.
Ornament enthusiast? Then you'll surely be staggered by the diversity of collectibles, figurines, artworks, souvenirs, frames, religious items, vases and other home decor items.
Other fascinating items you can find include toys, baby equipment, electronics, jewellery, bags, hats, LP records, stationery and games. Books are also very popular - from fiction to academic books, you'll find various types of second-hand books to cater for any taste.
Decluttering your home?
Spring cleaning your home? You will definitely pinpoint several objects which are just lying around in your cupboards and wardrobes with no intention of being used. Why waste precious space when you can donate all your unwanted belongings for a good cause? Charity shops can only function through items donated by the general public and your junk may become someone else's prized possession. Certain shops have specific drop off points and in the case of bulky objects, may also provide a pick up service.
Everyone derives pleasure from a great bargain. Knowing your money is going for a charitable cause will make you more satisfied with your purchase. Visiting charity shops is always an intriguing experience due to the versatile range of products they have to offer. You may pop by and find absolutely nothing which catches your attention, but you may be lucky and get your hands on a vintage treasure or novelty on another day. These second-hand shops have the preconceived notion they only sell garbage and useless things, but shelves are filled to the brim with a diversity of interesting products at very cheap and affordable prices. You never know what knick-knack may attract your attention, and seeing as all proceeds are donated to charity, it will never feel like a waste of money.
Interested in Volunteering?
Charity shops can only function through the time volunteers dedicate to sort and organise thrifty items. Explore the range of charitable organisations and be a part of the good cause. These shops are always looking for people to help them out so why not get involved in some voluntary work?
Explore the selection of charity shops across Malta and Gozo and buy or donate new and second-hand products to contribute to the various charitable causes at hand, while have a look at these 15 Maltese voluntary organisations who are making a difference.