Donating not Dumping!
The Oxfam shop in Green Lanes is run by Gill Smith, who has been involved with the shop for 30 years and as volunteer manager for the past ten years. The shop is staffed by a team of 30, some of whom have been
helping out for over forty years.
This small shop is totally reliant on local donations, as it is too small to offer Oxfam Trading ranges and made a whopping £66,887 for Oxfam partners in 2009.
Gill would like to say a BIG THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO DONATES AND SHOPS AT WINCHMORE HILL OXFAM.
Nothing that gets donated is ever wasted. If the stock isn't sold in two weeks, it is passed to other shops in East London and from there, any residual stock is sent to Oxfam's Waste Saver Depot oin Huddersfield, where
it is resorted. Some items such as blankets will be sold cheaply at festivals, which other stuff will be recycled and
upcycled, to be reprocessed into other materials.
Whilst Gill and her team are very grateful for all donations, please donate not dump! No electricals can be sold, bric-a-brac and books always sells well and clothes should be wearable, not stained or beyond wear.
Over the years Oxfam in Winchmore Hill has sold some valuable, some interesting and in some instances highly desirable items. The trend for vintage fashion has brought younger people into the shop and yes Gill does get
the occasional pair of Jimmy Choos!
Volunteers are always needed, Oxfam participates in the Youth Action Volunteering Scheme in Enfield (YAVE) and the Duke of Edinburgh scheme also offers work experience placements. There are lots of different jobs to be done and if you are creative you might get a chance to dress the windows, which are always beautifully themed.
For all you budding Mary Portas' why not spare a few hours to join our local Oxfam team!
If you don't believe that the words Oxfam and Vintage Fashion go together, have a look at the Oxfam website