Are our charity shops overwhelmed?

I’m in something of a quandary. I read a national newspaper article this week which said:

Charity shop bosses have urged people to stop donating “patently unsellable” items, as they are deluged by mountains of bags from spring cleans.

The Charity Retail Association (CRA) has warned the public to avoid dropping off “disgusting or really badly broken” pieces to their local shop, as they end up having to be thrown away.

The article, in The Telegraph, added:

Among the worst donations reported by charities include a soiled child’s potty, boots with concrete on the soles, chipped glasses, teapots without lids, and ripped or paint-stained clothes. Hospiscare, based in Devon, said it faced an annual bill of £32,000 to dispose of donated items it cannot sell.

It estimates that around 20 per cent of donations can be sold, while 60 per cent is recycled and 20 per cent has to be thrown away. That’s a bit shocking! 

“It’s not just about donations being preloved, it’s also so they are ready to be loved by somebody else,” said Helen Hutter, the charity’s retail manager.

Like the rest of the world, I have been clearing out, and have items to donate but are the charity shops being deluged (my items are not broken or unsaleable, by the way; some are close to new as I have consumed too much over a period of years and am addressing the habit)?

We are all urged to buy less, to up-cycle, and reuse, so charity shops seem a perfect place to send my pairs of too tight shoes, or clothes I no longer fit (or like) but I am not keen on turning up with a bag load of items only to find that the charity shops neither want nor need them.

Has anyone donated items to charity shops in Bude recently? Which ones are taking items? And if not a charity shop, then where?

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