Charity Begins at Home

Tracie Walters showing a mid range brand new clothing item available in store at the Nelson Bay Red Cross Shop. Photo by Marian Sampson.

THE Red Cross Charity Shop arrived in Nelson Bay has been around three months ago.

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It joins two other charity shops in the Nelson Bay Town Centre.

The Bay Red Cross Charity Shop stocks donated, new donated and donated branded products.

Every dollar spent in the Red Cross Shop goes into the organisations community programs, funding grants which are delivering programs like the Red Cross children’s breakfast clubs, the telechat program and funding men’s and women’s refuges here in Australia.

Tracie Walters of the Red Cross told News Of The Area, “The response to the store locally has been very positive with locals telling us that they are very happy that we are here and they like the quality of the stock.”

When it comes to brands shoppers may be pleasantly surprised with what they find in store.

It changes every delivery so you may find a particular designer brand there one week and a different one the following week.

“You will find designer labels, mid range labels and cheaper labels.”

The shop also offers a loyalty program where shoppers are rewarded with a discount of 25% off your purchase after you fill your card with stickers.

You get a sticker for every $10 spent in store and you also get a credit towards the discount when you donate goods to the shop.

The shop has more than just clothes offering brand new designer brand shoes, quality accessories like fashion jewellery, lovely handbags and stylish sunglasses.

There is also a small selection of homewares in the shop.

At the moment you will even find a hat worthy of Melbourne Cup Day.

The most popular items in the shop with shoppers so far has definitely been the designer clothing.

This reporter walked out of the Red Cross Charity Shop with a brand new pair of designer branded summer sandals for $40 which normally retail for over $120, a couple of great brand new branded T-shirts and a great hat for the upcoming Melbourne Cup Lunch, which I wont say how much I paid for it but it looks like I spent far more than I did, which leaves me with more in the budget for that dress!

For that I am planning a day shopping through the fashion boutiques on Stockton and Magnus Streets in Nelson Bay.

While I chose to buy new there were some great second hand buys in store for men, women and children.

Buying at charity shops is a sustainable way to shop, it reduces landfill and gives back to the community.

Next time you are in the Bay shopping through the great boutiques and specialty shops make sure you also check out the Red Cross Charity Shop on Stockton Street.



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