Last weekend I carted a car boot full of stuff to our local charity shop. Old Clothes that I didn’t think would sell for much on Ebay, books that looked nice on the shelf but were definitely never going to be read again and lots of paraphernalia that might be useful to someone else but were just mounting up on my desk.
If you are thinking about taking some of your families stuff to a charity shop get your kids involved – both in choosing the things to go (it could be interesting to see what they do and don’t value out of their possessions) and also researching the charity shop they want to take them to. Learning about how charities use donations can be a great way to get children to focus on the issues and you will be amazed what issues inspire them – as we have found with donations and fundraising by children on Roosterbank.
I have a few charity shops near me – Mind, Trinity Hospice and Fara and all of them offer a gift aid system where they log my details and send me an update of the items I sell so that they can claim Gift Aid. It’s very satisfying to get an email telling you how much the stuff you took in was sold for (there has to be some karma in there too)!
If you end up taking stuff, make sure that you sign up to their Gift Aid scheme if they have one – they will get a further 25p in the £1. Many will send you an update on how much the items raised and you can share it with your children – they will appreciate how much their items are worth second-hand and the reward will be that they have supported a good cause!
Check out the Charity section on The RB to see how kids are getting involved on Roosterbank.