So far it's been one of those weeks that makes you despair of people's lack of sense or attention to detail. I won't bore you with the minutiae of it here, but lets just say I've been saved by three things: the brilliant series two of Fargo that's currently being shown on Channel 4, a good friend and...shopping - well that's a surprise!
My friend Jill and I get together once a month to go charity shop shopping together before we pick our girls up from school. Jill's awesome to shop with; she has a brilliant eye for clothes, loves her bargains too and is always frank with her opinions; its great fun picking out clothes for each other and finding that they suit. So yesterday, we hit the shops together and boy, was I in need of quality company!
Coming across these shoes lifted my spirits too. And they fitted - double bonus.
I also came across in a pair of 1920s Egyptian revival earrings and a WW2 Women's Voluntary Service badge.
An eclectic array of buys but that's what I love about charity shops!
This was interesting though. In the Red Cross shop a heated exchange of words was happening between two customers and the staff. Jill and I left the shop at the time as these two women and it turns out that another customer took pity on a guy who's apparently homeless and most days sits on the pavement a few doors down; he doesn't try to hustle anyone and is always polite if you buy him a coffee or snack. Anyway, another customer went into the Red Cross shop to buy him a coat to replace the inadequate one he wears. As the jacket was £15, the customer asked the staff if they could reduce the price considering who she was buying it for. The staff refused and maintained that it had to be sold at full price. The other two women intervened and questioned the shop policy as the jacket was in effect, being given to the homeless guy as a charitable act. The staff still refused and the women left saying that they'll choose another charity to donate their stuff to.
I'd be interested to know what you think about the above, especially if you work/have worked in charity shops. Mine and Jill's viewpoint was that they could have heavily discounted the coat, providing that the staff witnessed her give the coat to the guy sitting outside and wasn't trying to make an excuse up to buy it cheaper for herself.
To be honest, I'm probably biased though as the staff in this shop are notorious for being rude; one of the reasons why I stopped donating to them and give my unwanted things to a local hospice shop instead.