Charity shop pioneers
We opened one of the first charity shops in the 19th century providing affordable clothes to people who couldn't otherwise. In the over 150 years since then, we have remained unwavering in our dedication to ensuring everyone can afford basic necessities and transforming lives through it.
Since then, we now have over 400 shops across the country full of bargains and collectables. We have three Charity Superstores in Northampton, Banbury and Peterborough that have a range of affordable designer clothes, furniture, and cafes to keep you refreshed while you shop.
Salvation Army charity shops have become favourites with thrifters and fashionistas for the quality and variety that can be found. Our Princes Street shop located near London’s famous Oxford Street has been featured in numerous publications such as Time Out and Telegraph as one of the best charity shops on the high street.
The items you buy and donate to our charity shops directly goes to our work changing lives, and is an ethical and sustainable way to shop for hidden gems. We are big supporters of slow fashion and responsible shopping, combatting the disposable culture of recent times, where pre-loved items are reused in all their glory. We find it important to protect the environment through promoting sustainable and ethical ways of shopping and fundraising in order to bring you a bargain and helping our work in communities across the UK.
Any items that we are not able to sell in our shops are sold for reuse overseas. This means we are acting responsibly with all donations to raise essential funds for The Salvation Army and to avoid unnecessary waste going to landfill by encouraging reuse and recycling. The need for pre-owned clothing in less affluent countries than the UK is significant.
Find your local shop and see what you can find to transform your wardrobe, and at the same time help to transform someone else’s.
What we love
The unwanted Christmas jumpers, the CDs no longer on-trend, the shoes you never actually wore – you don’t want them, we love them. Bring your donations to your local Salvation Army charity shop as we can always make use of the items you don’t think have life anymore. We can accept:
- Good quality clothing
- Linens (including curtains and fabrics)
- Books, CDs and DVDs
Please do ensure that donations are in good condition and that they are handed to our staff or volunteers during opening hours (items left outside the shop can be damaged or stolen).
What we can’t accept
Whilst our charity shops make use of and resell most donations, there are certain items that some shops cannot accept, from:
- Electrical items
- Small furniture
- Large furniture
However, we are expanding our range of specialist charity shops that are able to accept and sell these specialist items. We have two specialist charity furniture shops in the UK – on Wellington Street in Luton and on Dumbarton Road in Glasgow. These stores accept and sell all types of furniture, and often a number of upcycled items, and will provide free collection services.
Your donations help us tackle a range of social injustices from poverty, modern slavery to homelessness.
Our shops are constantly changing each day whether with new designer stock through to familiar or new faces. Volunteers play a pivotal role in helping our charity shops run, and the time and experience you can bring is invaluable. The types of tasks you could be involved in are:
- Greeting customers
- Sorting and processing new donations
- Operating the till
- Providing advice
Volunteering not only allows you to be part of a cause for changing lives, but can help change yours too. Through volunteering you will also develop new skills and experiences, from:
- Working as part of a team
- Developing customer service and communication skills
- Building confidence
- Enhancing your CV and gaining experience in all areas of charity retail operations
- Improving mental health and well-being
- Being part of a community
Find out how to volunteer for Salvation Army charity shops.
We don’t think anything should ever be left buried and forgotten at the back of wardrobes or garages, or even worse, thrown in the bin and sent to landfill. There is so much value in your unwanted clothes or household items, and we offer a range of ways for you to donate them whether via our charity shops, door-to-door collection services or donation banks. Thanks to you we collect, recycle and sell more than 50 million items a year that directly goes to our work helping others at the heart of communities across the UK and Republic of Ireland.