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A word of caution for decluttering....

(11 Posts)
threexnanny Tue 17-Mar-20 16:12:33

I sorted a large bag of books and dragged them off to the charity shop today only to be told they cannot accept them at the moment. I don't know if the same applies to clothes and bric-a- brac. It could be worth a 'phone call before you make a special trip / carry heavy bag etc. just to make sure.

rockgran Tue 17-Mar-20 16:18:51

Yes, it has occurred to me that these shops may also be closing down for now so won't want much stuff. Everyone seems to be using the time to tidy and declutter but we may still have to store the stuff. sad I make things for a local shop but I may have to stockpile for a while.

J52 Tue 17-Mar-20 16:19:08

I had a similar thought. Charity shops will suffer, as no one will want to go in browse and linger, even if they’re allowed to.

Oopsadaisy3 Tue 17-Mar-20 16:20:30

I don’t think that the volunteers will want to put their hands into the bags at the moment.

Pittcity Tue 17-Mar-20 16:23:49

I volunteer in a charity shop and we've been given guidelines on handling donations. We've got gloves and sanitisers.
It's just customers that are in short supply.
Ringing ahead is a good idea.

FoghornLeghorn Wed 18-Mar-20 09:23:44

The charity I used to work for is refusing shop donations until further notice. I think many will do the same.

Teetime Wed 18-Mar-20 09:48:19

We had an Air Ambulance collection yesterday- I had a full bag of assorted items.

Ellianne Wed 18-Mar-20 09:50:52

I thought that might happen with donations and I also thought about many volunteers in the shops being over 70.

BlueBelle Wed 18-Mar-20 09:54:06

I cannot go into my charity shop to work I m not sure how long they will stay open as 75% if the volunteers are retired and over We have about half a dozen younger and I don’t think it can survive long on that skeleton staff one of our other shops is 93% down on workers
I had no problems with going in or sorting bags you can wash you hands and the virus doesn’t live long on clothes anyway or other surfaces but the rules are partial isolation for over 70 s as of this weekend so I had to comply for the safety of others as much as myself
Very very sad it’s been my lifeline for six years but we ll get over it and put it behind us soon

nannynoonoo Wed 18-Mar-20 09:55:46

Hi threexnanny
Understable at the moment.

threexnanny Wed 18-Mar-20 12:38:26

Yes, very understandable NANNYNOONOO. However, just this morning I got a letter from Oxfam (where I'd taken the books) saying that I should rush to have a sort-out and donate by 31st March to get my Nectar points!
Left hand not knowing what the right is doing?