Christmas shopping


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Read about our 2013 Christmas campaign below ...

All we want for Christmas is ... your donations!

Our Christmas shopping launches are always special days as shoppers can get their hands on all the festive stock we’ve been saving up since last Christmas. There are some fantastic, high quality bargains to be had that will make wonderful Christmas presents for loved ones.

However, we’d also like to encourage people to think about what they might be able to donate this Christmas. Whether it’s a winter coat, woolly hat, children’s toy, Christmas party dress, book, DVD, bric-a-brac – whatever you can spare – they will all help us provide affordable Christmas presents for people in communities throughout the UK whilst raising money for The Salvation Army, which does such wonderful work at Christmas time.

Our shops will be unveiling new window posters and Christmas card-style leaflets showing customers what a big difference donating their unwanted items could make:

  • £9 could help to keep three homeless people off the streets at Christmas
  • £19 could provide a Christmas box to a family in need containing food and gifts
  • £28 could provide a Christmas meal and much-needed companionship to five elderly people
  • £46 helps an officer keep the doors of a Salvation Army centre open for vulnerable people for a day
  • £63 could mean three weeks in a Salvation Army centre for a homeless person
  • £250 helps keep a Salvation Army drop-in centre open for those in need this Christmas

Most of these events will be held on 21 November 2013, but some shops are holding theirs earlier or later (between 14 November and 14 December). Please contact your local shop or keep an eye out in your local papers for details of your local launch event.

91 Dumbarton Road – Christmas Extravaganza

We’re pleased to announce our famous Christmas shopping evening will this year be held on 14 November 2013 from 6pm-8pm.

Each year the area around 91 Dumbarton Road in Glasgow is awash with eager festive bargain hunters as our flagship charity shop hosts its annual Christmas shopping extravaganza.

Staff and volunteers from the shop save the best festive fashions, toys, furniture and household goods from donations received throughout the year, ready to be displayed for the first time at the event, which runs from 6pm–8pm.

The shop is closed throughout the day to allow staff and volunteers to create their famous festive displays, although queues usually begin forming outside from early in the morning as shoppers vie to be the first through the doors when they open at 6pm.

2013 will be the 16th year the event has been held and in recent years the evening has raised an impressive £13,000 in just two hours! Manager Denise Waterson says the event’s growing popularity demonstrates how people are increasingly looking for ways to make Christmas more affordable without missing out on anything:

“The beauty of an event like this is that people can really get into the spirit of Christmas shopping and enjoy the buzz of picking out presents for loved ones or purchasing a party dress – without having to spend a fortune. Whether you’re a regular charity shopper or looking for new ways to cut down on the cost of Christmas we’d encourage everyone to pop along. The atmosphere’s always fantastic and many of our customers tell us that they know Christmas has really started when we hold our extravaganza! It’s not just Christmas gifts and clothes that will be on sale for the first time – we’ve also been keeping back some fabulous furniture and homewares that could give your home an inexpensive lift in time for the festive season.” 

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