Why So Many Charity Shops
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High Street Charity Shops
Over the last few years in every town or city there have been a surge of second hand charity shops opening up on the high street, all selling the same type of items and all within a few hundred yards of each other, have you ever wondered why.
This competition has resulted in a price war driving the value of good quality second hand furniture through the floor and resulting in the lower value item's becoming worthless.
In the end most good quality second hand furniture and general household items now have a relatively low value so unlike in the past charities that collect furniture will only take the better quality items leaving you with the rest to clear at your expense.
Why Are There So Many Charity Shops On The High Street
The Rise Of The Charity Shop
There has been a 40 percent rise in the number of high street charity shops in the last ten years, do you ever wonder why, could it have something to do with full business rates are liable on empty commercial properties that remain unoccupied for three months or more.
This includes lower value properties such as small shops and offices, however, charities occupying a commercial property qualify for a mandatory 80% discount on business rates.
Local authorities also have the discretion to grant the remaining 20% as a further discount, Charities are being approached by retailers and landlords to enter into tenancy agreements that would relieve the landlords of their requirement to pay full business rates
Equally, some charities are actively marketing their willingness to enter into tenancy agreements with commercial landlords, this is advantageous for charities and provide good opportunities for them to also lease commercial properties for low or nominal rents.
Sometimes so low it would be called a peppercorn rent, they may even receive charitable donations from landlords that reflect the percentage of the business rates that they would otherwise be liable for.
They acquire their stock free of charge and have staff who mostly work for free along with benefiting from being exempt from corporation tax and have zero rated V.A.T on the sale of donated goods, they even have a discount on the V.A.T they pay on their energy bills.
We Are Not A Charity
Please bare in mind we are not a charity, we are not linked or associated with any charities and we do not undertake free collections of item’s specifically to donate to charity.
We are a business who specialise in property clearance, removal and recycling of all office and household contents, although during the course of our work we do acquire item’s that are suitable to be donated to charities.
By donating things like books, cd’s and items of bric-a-brac, clothing and bedding and items of furniture we save money on the recycling costs of a house clearance making us more competitive with our house clearance quotations.
Please take your time when selecting a charity to donate your items to, make sure you read the small print on their websites, we have had a lot of customers who have been left with furniture in their property at the last moment because they assumed the charity would take it but didn't.