“ Charity Retail Shop „
I have always enjoyed shopping in PDSA and for the last year I have been working there as a volunteer retail assistant, volunteering for PDSA is probably the best decision I have made for a long time, but first I'd better tell you about more about the shop.
PDSA shop sells both new and donated goods, new goods are usually pet related and pet lovers can get some great calendars, key rings, cups etc. along with bowls, treats, toys etc. for their pets. Around Christmas time there is an excellent and well priced range of cute cards. Donated goods are sorted through to ensure that only quality clothing is put out, stock is often rotated and changed to suit trends (who said charity shops don't keep up with fashion :D) There is a great variety of clothing although this is often aimed at adults, there is an even wider variety of books but the highlight of PDSA shop is the range of bags and shoes sold at breathtaking prices. Its always worth popping in because there are often sales that take prices down to £1.
Now I can't resist sharing my experiences of working at PDSA and telling you that if you have a little time to spare you will not regret volunteering. I received a very straightforward interview and was hired on the spot, on my first day I was given a induction, the staff were all very friendly and welcoming and in the time I have worked at PDSA I think that I have become a happier more confident person, you have to be 14 to volunteer with PDSA and here are the benefits of doing so:
20% staff discount
Free PDSA staff magazine
Happy working environment
Only have to volunteer for 4 Hours per week (You may be allowed to volunteer for only 2Hrs if you arrange this)
I absolutely love shopping and I love bargain hunting and so charity shopping is the ideal for me!
When I was younger, we used to have a £3 limit for Christmas presents for our large extended family and the rule was that the gift had to be a book from a charity shop - giving to family, and giving to the charity - perfect! However, that was the only time I liked going in to charity shops. As soon as I hit my teenage years, I was so embarrased when my Mum wanted to go in to one that I would just stand outside and around the corner! I am so glad I opened my eyes and realised what a treasure trove charity shops can be, and I now visit them every week, with the local PDSA being a favourite of mine.
PDSA stands for The Peoples Dispensary For Sick Animals. Now, when it comes to charity and giving just money, I am usually quite picky with who I give money too, however when it comes to buying in a charity shop, I am less picky. That is not to say that the PDSA is not a good charity to give to, but there are other charities which are closer to my heart.
The PDSA funds the care and rehousing of sick and abandoned animals.
Where I live, there are many, many charity shops, and the PDSA shop is one of my favourite to go in to.
The staff are all friendly and the shop has a nice layout. When I have been in PDSA shops in other towns I have found the same there too.
The rooms are bright and clean and don't smell like most charity shops - know what I mean?!
I have never had any problems with anything I have bought in the shop before and they all seem to be of good quality.
The shop sells lots of different things, all separated in to easy to view sections - books, clothes, jewellry, accessories, shoes, homeware, cds, dvds and videos etc.
I have foten found high quality clothing from shops such as Coast and Karen Millen and it is always brilliant when you find these! The prices are not too high, such as in the BHF or Cancer Research shops, where a Primark top can cost more used than it does to buy new!
The changing rooms are always clean and the staff are always friendly and helpful.
PDSA is a great shop, and I think that charity shopping in general is a great way to shop, as you can give something to someone else, whilst receiving some for yourself.
Ever since I was very little I can remember the excitement of finding an amazing toy at a ridiculously cheap price in our local charity shops. As I grew older the excitement for toys turned to excitement for books and again it was the charity shops that would always have an amazing range at a very cheap price.
The PDSA is a charitable organisation that funds the care and sometimes rehousing of sick abandarnd animals. They work really hard to ensure that animals are not treated cruely and that they get the best possible care.
The PDSA has to be one of my favourite charity shops. They are always extremly clean, bright and well maintained. They take great care to ensure that the products that they sell are of high qualiity and are appealing to customers (the PDSA in Brighton steam clean all of the clothes before they go on the shelf). They rely on donations from the public to ensure that they have products to sell. I regularly donate different items and I am always happy to see them going to a good cause.
You can find lots of fashionable clothing including designer clothes, school uniforms, costumes and anything else anyone donates. This is the same for 'bric and brac', jewellery, toys, books, puzzles, videos, cd's, games and DVD's.
This is a great store that allows you to donate through the giving and buying of many items.
Description: Charity Retail Shop
For those who don't know, the PDSA is the UK's leading veterinary charity, caring for more than 350,000 pet patients belonging to people in need. They also provide free veterinary treatment to sick and injured animals and promote responsible pet ownership. PDSA stands for People's Dispensary for Sick Animals.
As you will imagine, the fact that the PDSA are a charity means that they always need funding and one of the ways that they raise this funding is through their range of charity shops. You may have seen one of these shops locally and if so, then I would urge you to support them. This can be in one of many ways.
You could just donate money to the charity of course. You could also donate some time to help out in the shops or fundraising. Finally, you can support them by donating your old clothing, books, etc to the charity shop, and also by going in, having a browse and picking up some bargains.
At this time of year, they usually sell Christmas cards too, so buy buying these, you would be supporting the charity and also helping to spread the word, and promote the charity with every one that you send.
The charity shops are usually well stocked, and there are lots of bargains to be had at excellent prices. I buy all of my books from there and enjoy looking around to see what they have, often there are other things that catch my eye.
This is an incredibly worthwhile charity so please do try to support them in any way that you can, whatever you can do will make a difference!
One of the best charity shops round here is the PDSA and that suits me fine because I like giving to animal charities and when I can buy myself some more clobber at the same time that's a wicked situation!
It's run by the People's Dispensary For Sick Animals and they are the same people who run the animal welfare charity, proceeds from the shop go to running the charity so it's a bit of a cycle.
I take my unwanted clothes into the PDSA and also books or DVDs, they're not mad keen on taking toys because of all the health and safety labels so I don't take anything like that it because I'd hate the shop to have to pay to get rid of stuff they can't sell.
The PDSA I go to in Birmingham is always well stocked with ladies adults clothes but there's never a lot in for kids or blokes. There are always a load of jeans in the branch and I've picked some bargains up including Levi jeans and also some from Matalan that would have cost me £18.00 brand new but in PDSA they were only £2.99!
The shops are laid out with casual clothes at the front of the shop then the dressier clothes at the back. They are the best priced out of all the charity shops in this area, the PDSA branded stuff like Xmas cards and umbrellas are majorly expensive though so I don't get anything from that section unless I'm flush!
There are loads of books in this shop and most of them cost between 50p and 99p, I always buy a few when I go in because that's a wicked price compared to WHSmiths! lol
We've got loads of different charity shops in Birmingham but I reckon the PDSA is deffo the best because they support a charity I admire and stock clean and fashionable clothing.
I walk past my local PDSA charity shop everyday on the way to work, and can't help but go in and have a look.
I have a lot of love and respect for PDSA, and all the volunteers that help out in the shop to help raise money to support the PDSA veterinary surgeries. I have tried to offer my services before, but because i work shifts, unfortunately I cannot fit in any voluntary shifts around my hours at work, otherwise i would of loved to have helped, and offer my support to sick and injured animals.
PDSA has 179 charity retail shops which sell a wide range of quality merchandise, this includes, clean clothing, books, gifts and bric-a-brac. They also stock a wide range of new goods, which includes seasonal gifts and bits for animals, i.e collars, toys, baskets.
** My Local PDSA**
My local PDSA is always of very high standard. The shop is always clean, and the displays in the window just invite you in because they sell a range of high quality goods.
Every time i go in i always end up coming out with something because i normally see something i like. The wide range of books and dvds they sell is great. The books are very cheap, priced at 50p per book, but even better when they do buy one get one free. Most of the books are brand new looking, so at 50p you really can't help buy a couple.
At the moment i am looking at getting a dog, so i am very interested in the goods they have for animals, the collars they sell are of very good quality, and have PDSA on them, as well as the baskets, very cheap and look great for any dog or cat. I have looked at Pets at Home for dog bits before, and unfortunately their prices are a lot more than PDSA, and the quality doesn't look as good.
With Christmas fast approaching, i have already started buying my Christmas cards from PDSA. They sell a big range, and again, you can't beat the price, especially when it's going to a good cause.
** How you can offer your support to PDSA**
PDSA offers lot of ways to help. You can go into the store and make a donation, or visit http://www.pdsa.org.uk/pdsashops.html and view the many different ways to help, from payroll giving to PDSA sim card.
PDSA are hoping to raise over £2 million in their shops this year, this will go towards helping thousands of sick and injured animals which are treated every day.
The PDSA charity shop has to be one of my favorites to donate my junk to as they are for me a very worth while cause, as some of you may have noticed by now i am an animal lover so think that the work they do at the PDSA to help sick animals is worth supporting.
Our local PDSA charity shop is nice to look at and is very well organised compared to other charity shops i have been in, they have a good selection of books which i purchase from regularly and donate to regularly as i love reading, they have a good selection of cds which is great when i am after something a little dated for my nan, they have a lot of videos in now as these are becoming less popular so i have picked up some great films for a bargain price.
A lot of there clothes are used but you do find a few new items in there with there original labels on and i always feel like i have helped a bit by buying something from them.
Pop in and have a look you never know what you might find
our local PDSA is a very clean and well - decorated shop with no bad smells that you sometimes come across in charity shops (sounds awful but you know what I mean?!)
To be honest I'm not a great animal-lover so it's the potential bargains or items of unusual quirkiness that I'm more concerned with as I'd rather to give priority to 'people' charities.
The PDSA does have a lot going for it - items for pets (obviously!) and stationary with domestic pets on.... often found new items of clothing at real good prices and they sometimes stock super bedding
the books are good and quite often they have a dump basket - 4 for £1 which are ideal to buy then re-donate or take to local hospitals where they never have enough books for the patients!
have seen interesting paintings and prints and their cards on sale at christmas are really stunning
I have been shopping today and as usual I went into the PDSA charity shop to see what bargains I could find. Usually I get some good things for my grandaughters from here because they are not like other charity shops and over price things just because they have a Marks and Spencers or other expensive shops label on them.
Today I brought my 9 year old grandaughter a beautiful patchwork style Next dress and that only cost me £1. 99 even though I could tell from the label that it had had very little wear. I also brought my baby grandaughter a Baby Gap sweatshirt that was brand new and still had the original tag attached which cost me only 79p because there was a little mark on it. I could tell that it was a mark someone had made with sticky fingers in the shop and I have just put it through the washing machine and it has come up perfectly clean.
I like the PDSA shops because they are always nice and tidy and the clothes are hung up on rails in the same sort of order as you would see in a normal clothes shop and all of the hangers are correctly colour coded depending on the size of the item. I am a size 14-16 and there is always a very good selection in those sizes of tops and bottoms. I think all sizes are very well catered for in PDSA because I sometimes go in with my friend who is a busty size 22 and she usually finds something she likes in her size as well. She has said in the past that she likes their clothes because they do not charge more for the big sizes like some shops do because that isn't fair.
The childrens clothes are always very good and are extremely reasonably priced. When my daughter was expecting I brought her 6 brand new Disney Baby vests for about £2 and I saw them later that very same day in Sainsburys priced up at £2. 99 for 3 so I think I had a bargain there because I fell in love with them on sight and would probably have brought the Sainsburys ones that day. There is not usually very much for my older grandaughter who is nearly 12 but that is not because of a lack of choice, it is because at her age she is very particular about her clothes and things have to be just right.
I always buy myself a book when I go to PDSA because the paperbacks are only 99p each regardless of the author or number of pages. I prefer paperbacks because my arthritis makes holding hardback books a little bit uncomfortable after a while but I have brought hardbacks for my daughter and they cost between £1. 49 and £1. 99. I do not see why I should go to WHSmiths and pay £7 or £8 for a paperback when I can get them from here.
Because I live in an area that houses a lot of older people I think my PDSA is very good for the sort of glassware and ornaments that we pensioners like. I am not being ageist there as I count myself as an older person and have myself donated items that older people in particular would like. I accidentally brought back one of the items I had donated once when I liked the look of a glass duck ornament, brought it and only realised when I got home that I had got rid of it a few months earlier because it is a dust trap.
I like going to PDSA because the money goes to help animals and I sometimes buy my grandaughters a PDSA badge or teddy bear from there to show our support to such a worthwhile cause. I like all the PDSA branded goods they sell because they are all good quality and made to a very high standard as well as being reasonably priced. There are PDSA stores all over so find one near you and have a look because you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
There are lots of decent charity shops dotted around the various shopping centres local to me, but my favourite by far is the PDSA. I've always liked the PDSA shops and have been in loads of different branches so although for the purpose of this review I'll mainly be talking about the Erdington branch in Birmingham, I've found that the shops are usually pretty much the same in both layout and the type of items for sale.
The shops are always kept clean and are tidy and well maintained, I always think when I go in that if PDSA can keep all their clothes on the hangers and not thrown all over the place then why can't Cancer Research or Age Concern?! Disabled access and pram access is generally good, the aisles are wide enough to accommodate a wheelchair and the rails are low enough to be accessible to anyone. I obviously can't speak for every PDSA shop in the country here so if in doubt check the layout of the shop before arriving with your huge double buggy and not being able to move once inside!
Everything seems to have fallen into a natural order; baby and childrens clothes are hung on rails in age order, and separated again into boys and girls items. This makes mooching for bits and pieces for the kids' a piece of cake - I hate it when I spot the perfect dress for my 8 year old only to find it's for age 13 and will be much too big.
Ladies clothes make up the bulk of what's available in here, my local PDSA seems to stock a lot of clothing for 'older ladies' which can make wading for trendier stuff a bit of a pain but it's very often worth it. I've picked up some great jeans from PDSA, including a recent pair of genuine Dolce & Gabanna skinny jeans for just a fiver! The ladies clothes are arranged by size and the sizes are clearly (and accurately) marked on the top of the coat hanger - the sizes available obviously depends on what has been donated recently, but I find a good range of sizes are usually available from an 8 up to an 18 and above. My mum is a size 22 (although she wouldn't thank me for broadcasting that!) and always says that PDSA is pretty much the only charity shop which caters well for her clothing-wise.
There is a token rail of men's clothing in my local shop; sweatshirts, shirts, jeans and coats are usually available along with a small selection of ties. It's on the men's clothes that the largest bargains are to be had, I have a sneaking suspicion that this is because men still feel there is a stigma to shopping in charity shops so neither donate their stuff OR go in to buy much. I know my fella will try to stand outside with a fag or nip into Greggs when I go into any charity shop, not just PDSA, although he wasn't complaining last week when I bought him a fab Berghaus jacket for a fraction of the cost of going into Town for the same thing!
All clothing in PDSA is clean and nothing ripped or stained is sold; there is sometimes a 'bargain' rail where everything costs 50p, but even in this section the clothing is all wearable and in brilliant condition. I've never bought anything which has so much as a button missing or a stiff zip, everything smells fresh enough to wear straight out of the shop without you needing to wash it first - although I always do, but that's a habit dating back to the grubby Oxfam store days.
Since having baby Hollie my visits to PDSA seem to revolve around browsing through the baby clothes. When you have a young baby you realise just how quickly they grow out of their clothes, so I always buy in confidence from charity shops knowing their baby clothes will generally have had very little wear. I'm still kicking myself over a Timberland baby tracksuit which I missed while pregnant - I'd gone in without my purse as I wasn't planning to buy anything and by the time I'd run to find Mark to grab some money some other bitch (ha!) was just paying for it. MY tracksuit!
My local PDSA also sells a small range of soft furnishings; they stock good quality lined curtains, cushion covers in sets and individual designs, also table linen and the odd set of blinds. Prices on these aren't that cheap to be honest, I've sometimes seen a pair of curtains I like in here and known exactly where I'll get the same curtains brand new for less. Sometimes they'll have something quirky enough to warrant paying brand new prices for second hand goods, a good example is a cappuccino wall hanging which matches my newly decorated kitchen perfectly - I paid £10 for this, which I think is expensive for any charity shop.
In most PDSA branches there will be a small selection of books, I love browsing the old fashioned book case in our local shop and usually spend a couple of quid on a novel or two. Paperbacks are generally priced around the 50 - 75p mark, while a hardback can usually be picked up for £1.50. A bargain compared to the big bookshops, and cheaper even than the more competatively priced supermarkets. I like the fact that there is so much diversity on the book shelves, people have donated these books so you're basically getting to choose from whatever other people like - I've discovered plenty of new authors from books picked up in PDSA and have also picked up Mr Men and Goosebumps books up for the kids' for around 20p each.
I'm not sure if this is all PDSA stores, but our local branch has started stocking PDSA branded new items. Before Christmas they were selling some beautiful luxury Christmas cards with an animal theme and these were priced on a par with Woolworths and the like, but with the added feel-good factor of supporting a worthwhile charity.
Don't forget that as well as shopping at PDSA for your bargains you should also be sending your old stuff in for them to sell to other people. The PDSA do an awful lot of good work in keeping our animals safe and healthy, providing pet advice to anyone and free treatment for people who can't afford to take their pet to a private vet. It's the success of their shops which goes some way to them being able to provide this service, and I think we should support them as much as possible.
Find your local PDSA shop here http://www.pdsa.org.uk/managed/finder.html and enjoy the bargains!
My nearest charity shop, isn’t one of the famous one’s like Oxfam or Save the Children, it’s a small independent charity shop. I make frequent visits to my local charity shop. I have got some fantastic bargains, I collect anything that’s made of brass, I once saw a solid brass coal bucket, which I though would perfect to put a plant in, it only cost me £1.50. I have picked up, loads off brasses from this shop, the most unusual one I got was of two elephants copulating. But my favourite thing to buy from charity shops is books; this shop has boxes and boxes of books. I can spend a good half an hour rooting through them, and best off all they are only 20p for a paperback and 50p for hardback. I always feel good after visiting a charity shop; you feel like you’re doing a little bit to help.