What we can take
Whether you’re donating the contents of an entire flat, or a single item, nothing from your donation will be wasted. If we can sell it, we want it!
We always welcome good quality and clean:
- clothing, shoes and bags
- jewellery and accessories
- CDs and DVDs (sorry we can no longer accept VHS cassettes)
- toys and games
- ornaments and collectables
- clean carrier bags
Please note that we are unable to accept some large electrical goods, VHS cassettes, used cosmetics, knives, alcohol or large items of furniture.
Please drop your clothes, music, homeware and toys to one of our shops during opening hours. Unfortunately we cannot pick up items and are unable to accept large electrical goods or furniture.
Please do not leave your bags outside our shops when they are closed.
Temporary Changes Due to Covid-19
During lockdown, many of us have taken to de-cluttering our homes. If you’ve been collecting things to donate, please only drop them off to our shops during opening hours.
When we reopen, there is often a backlog of donations waiting for us and we are much busier than usual, so we ask that you only donate re-saleable items to us. If you’re unsure whether an item is re-saleable, ask yourself if someone would buy it, or if the item is damaged or used up, for example, second hand books with some folds or scuffs are fine, but we wouldn’t want a book of wordsearches that have already been done.
In addition to those listed above, items we currently can’t sell include helmets, car seats, and baby equipment. Please see ask for further advice if you are uncertain.
If we are unable to take all of your donations during this busy period, please don’t be offended, and do seek further avenues to donate or re-cycle goods elsewhere.
You can also help us by filling out a GiftAid form with your donations. This brings us an extra 20% of the sale value at no extra cost to you.
If you have larger items of furniture to donate to our partner social enterprise, Restoration Station, please hold on to them for a little longer. You could also take photos and measurements and send them to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will be in touch once we re-open.
Making things safe
Whilst the pandemic continues, people may feel concerned about handling or purchasing second-hand goods. The SCT shops are taking rigorous steps to ensure the safety of staff and customers.
All new donations will be left in isolation for several days before they are sold. This ensures that the virus can’t be carried from the donator to the buyer. We have also rotated our stocks since closing, so the clothes currently on sale have been waiting in storage since before lockdown was introduced.
The shops will have social distancing measures implemented with floor markings, one-way systems where possible, and limited numbers of visitors at a time.
Our full risk assessment can be downloaded here. If you have specific questions on our safety protocols, don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Covid-19 has exacerbated dangerous working conditions for manufacturers and ushered in a national economic crisis, and climate change continues to pose one of the greatest threats to our lives and livelihoods. As ethical and sustainable consuming is becoming more important, we encourage support for charity and second-hand shops at this time.