Age UK Staffordshire’s charity shop in Longton Exchange is welcoming customers back again. The shop reopened on June 15, following a period of closure due to Covid-19, with new temporary opening hours and social distancing.
The new measures included a limit of four customer allowed into the shop at a time and shop displays arranged so that customers could observe social distancing.
Manager Rose Shaw said: ‘We have been inundated with donations. People have been clearing out over lockdown and waiting for us to open again. It is good to be back.’
Rose has been working at the shop ever since it opened in the centre.
‘It feels like a community,’ she says. ‘I think we are friendly. People comment on how nice we are in here. We have a chat with most customers and I think they like that.’
Rose says she enjoys her job. ‘I like working with the volunteers,’ she said. ‘We all get on together. Every day is different. There are always different things coming into the shop. We put new stuff out every day.’
There is something for everyone with a wide range of items for sale including clothing, accessories, books and homeware.
Donations have included Airfix Models, jewellery, seventies box games and a gold sovereign.
Age UK shops raise much needed funds that help keep their services and support for older people going.
If you are looking for a bargain then why not call in. Any money raised at the shop stays in Staffordshire.