Basingstoke & Andover Branch
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Giving to our charity shop

Things to consider

  1. Is it still functional - please make sure that items are not broken and unusable e.g. missing jigsaw pieces or pages in a book!  Some items we may be able to mend but please ask us first as some items may prove too expensive to fix.
  2. Is it clean - items should be clean so that means clothing items recently washed and shoes not covered in mud
  3. Delivery is best - if you can drop items into the shop that helps reduce our transport costs and enables our volunteers to focus on sorting or upcycling donated goods.
  4. Can we sell it - please check what we can and can't accept and if you'd like more information then please contact the shop.
  5. Clothing or textiles - if it is beyond rescue then you can always give us a bag labelled 'for rag' so that we can sell on to a textile recycler.
  6. Blankets and towels - donations intended for our foster animals still need to be clean and functional.  These can be dropped in to the shop but please label for foster animals.

Benefits

  1. Animal welfare - you are helping our branch and the animals we rescue
  2. Environment - the items you donate get a second life and rather than being thrown away in landfill they are re-used or up-cycled.

What we can accept

We sell a wide range of goods, the following list provides a guide only.  If you aren't sure or it isn't on the list please ask the shop, if we can't accept it we can advise who can:

  • Accessories and bags
  • Books
  • CDs and DVDs (not homemade or containing sensitive material)
  • Clothing and textiles
  • Games and toys (carrying the CE mark)
  • Ornaments, bric-a-brac and household
  • Paintings
  • Sports equipment
  • Musical instruments
  • Small items of furniture (meeting Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations of 1988)
  • Home furnishings

Please note:  we are currently unable to accept electrical goods until we have recruited a volunteer able to undertake Portable Appliance Testing (PAT).

What we can't accept

  • Children's car seats.
  • Crash helmets, cycle helmets, protective headgear or riding hats
  • Explosives, firearms or flammable items
  • Medicines or medication
  • Electrical goods
  • Spectacles with prescription lenses
  • Prams and pushchairs that do not conform to BS standards number 7409 or BS EN 1888:2003.
  • Food, Wine or Spirits
  • Videos and cassette tapes or floppy disks
  • Counterfeit or fake goods

We also abide by the guidelines set down by the RSPCA, Science and Policy Division, in respect to items banned for re-sale.  

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