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Closed Auckland op shops prepare for an influx of donations and increased demand

August 28, 2020

Closed Auckland op shops prepare for an influx of donations and increased demand

The Mercy Hospice shop in Point Chevalier is closed under Alert Level 3. Photo: Shoshana Maasland

Opportunity shops across Auckland are expecting a further influx of donated goods following the current lockdown as people use their time at home to de-clutter.

A New Zealand Red Cross spokesperson says the organisation has been taking calls from people keen to donate, even though their Auckland stores have been closed at Alert Level 3.

This follows earlier reports from charity shop operators who said they received a deluge of donations of second-hand goods and experienced stronger sales than usual after the first lockdown.

National retail manager  Talei Kitchingman says the Red Cross greatly appreciated the increased donations that arrived after the last lockdown , but  says that they would always welcome more.

“For some people, the current COVID-19 situation brings about a very challenging time – so having the option to buy good quality clothing and homewares at a good price is crucial.”

Ms Kitchingman says along with budget-conscious shoppers, there is also high demand from a growing number of people who want to shop sustainably.

Mercy Hospice retail group manager Michelle Flatz also believes the last lockdown gave families an opportunity to clear out cupboards and wardrobes or just generally de-clutter.

“We experienced a huge influx of donations. When confined to home, sometimes in a small space, you realise what is really important.”

She says that weekly turnover increased between lockdowns because people were being more careful with their money.  She also says people are becoming more aware of recycling and looking after the planet.

The Red Cross, Mercy Hospice, the Salvation Army and Auckland City Mission op shops have all been closed throughout the Level 3 lockdown .

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