Here we have another modern twist to the traditional Charity Shop, Store50 from Pilgrims Hospices.
This is a very practical and useful combination of features, well presented, and well positioned in Canterbury, and is sure to be a success.
A dedicated Denim Dept
Music area including Vinyl
Community Board for local info
Store50 is Pilgrims Hospices’ newest shop, located at 50 St. Peter’s Street, Canterbury, in the heart of the city on its bustling high street. By nature, charity shops are known for stocking preloved goods; Store50 is taking that a step further, aiming to make second-hand fashion affordable, chic, and eco-friendly at the same time.
The store opened in August 2022, it stocks a diverse range of clothing for all, with a focus on “slow fashion” – an approach to producing clothing that advocates respect for people and the environment, often through reducing, reusing, and recycling, rather than buying new items.
The shop will particularly appeal to Canterbury’s thriving student population, who will find trendy threads to suit their wardrobes and their budgets.
Store50 also features a dedicated denim section upstairs, a chill-out area and vinyl record room downstairs, and a community board where people can leave messages about local news, events and business.
Mandy Hawkett, Pilgrims Retail Area Manager shared: “We were really keen to get this initiative off the ground. We were delighted to have secured Store50. The team has pulled together fresh ideas with innovative and creative planning to give the shop something extraordinary for shoppers to enjoy. It looks like high-end fashion with all the qualities of sustainability and so much more. We are also offering students a 10% discount, so it really is worth paying us a visit.
Amy Eldridge, Shop Manager, said: “We’re so excited to have launched this brand new charity shop for the quirky and diverse Canterbury community. We hope that by encouraging shoppers to thrift and be mindful about their purchases, we can help to build a more sustainable retail economy that benefits people and our planet. By shopping with us, you will help to stop items from going to landfills, save precious pennies, and also contribute to Pilgrims’ vital services across east Kent – supporting our charity to provide compassionate care to patients and families where and when they need it the most.
“It’s a re-envisioning of a charity shop, set apart from the mainstream and what people are used to. We hope it will be popular across different age groups, not just students – it’s perfect for the everyday shopper, too!”
Do you have a passion for slow fashion and a love for all things local?
Store50 is looking for volunteers to join its growing team, and they’d love to hear from you!
To find out more and apply, visit the Pilgrims’ website (pilgrimshospices.org/volunteer-role/shop-volunteer-store-50-canterbury), call Amy on 07983 131 627, or email email@example.com.