It’s hard to believe that the Empty Shop project is five years old, but it is. I’ve been blogging about it off an on almost from the beginning, because it works with charities that are close to my heart – specifically those focused on homelesseness and issues surrounding it.
Last week I was lucky enough to pop over to Goodstock on Oxford Road to have a look at some of the two tonnes of clothing, shoes and accessories that have been donated, and it’s a bit awes inspiring.
Funds raised from the sales of all these pretty things are going to V•Inspired and Centrepoint – the former is a volunteering charity for young people (running Goodstock itself as one of the opportunities), and the latter helping young homeless people in Manchester and across the UK.
Before we go any further, I must admit to not being a stranger to Goodstock on Oxford Road. Frustratingly, plus size items are very few and far between, but if you’re not plus, or if you’re as much a magpie for pretty accessories as you are clothing, then it’s always worth a visit. And now, I have extra reason.
The Empty Shop goodies are at the top of the shop (head up both flights of stairs to the top), and whilst downstairs might not have so much plus, upstairs, there’s a little more (still not a generous amount, but I still managed to find a few size 22 pieces, some size 16 and some 18), meaning I bought myself a new Simply Be dress for £12.
The items are a mixture of preloved and new stock, with some samples thrown in too, so there’s loads to wander through. Prom dresses, 80s vintage, winter coats, genuinely a little bit of everything for everyone.
The dress that I managed to snaffle was one of the huge £56k worth of new stock that N Brown (Jacamo, JD Williams, Simple Be etc) donated, so I expect there to be a lot more goodies still to be unpacked over the next few weeks, and loads more bargains to be had.
And I have to walk past it every day.
You know where to find me.