Record breaking year for charity shop’s January sale


A CHARITY shop in Edinburgh’s well-heeled Stockbridge district has recorded its most successful January sale yet.

The Shelter Scotland store raked in more than £5,000 on its first day, compared to last year’s £4,600.

Hundreds of shoppers queued for almost two hours to be there when the doors opened at 10 am on 3 January, revealing a host of unique vintage and collector’s items.

Staff and volunteers had a manic day as people pushed and shoved and stripped mannequins naked in order to snap up their favourite second-hand possessions.

But their hard-work paid off when they revealed their total for the week reached almost £14,000 – breaking the £12,000 record set in 2010.

On offer this year was a vintage gramophone player, an illustrated book on Japanese poetry – priced at £200 – and the first pressing of Elvis Presley’s debut album, costing £100.

As the packed shop reached its limit, a Dior bracelet was first to go, followed by a vintage leather jacket, an antique clock and a blue kimono.

Ron Hill, area manager for Shelter Scotland’s shops, said: “We are delighted with the success of our January sale events in Stockbridge and Forrest Road – they have been our best ever.

“We would like to say a special thank you to everyone who donated items to the shops and to all our customers who have helped raise funds for a really good cause.

“The sale continues in the Stockbridge shop where there are still some top bargains and designer items to be had.

“All funds raised will go towards Shelter Scotland’s important work to end homelessness.”

The charity works to alleviate the distress caused by homelessness and bad housing in Scotland.