Charity shops in Nottingham ‘thriving’ as research shows shoppers in the city love a bargain

A charity said they and other shops were ‘thriving’ after a recent study named Nottingham among the UK’s five most cost-effective cities. The study showed that there are currently 172 charity shops in Nottingham, the largest city in the top 10, and 41 regular garage sales.

The research, conducted by sales site, analyzed 70 UK towns on the number of charity shops and regular car boot sales in and around each. These figures were compared to each city’s population size to reveal an ‘economy score’ out of 20 based on the number of shops and sales per 100,000 people – Nottingham scored 11,754.

NotttinghamshireLive spoke to the British Heart Foundation, as well as charity shop regulars, to find out more about the demand for charity shops and the ingenuity of Nottinghamites with money. Sales assistant for the British Heart Foundation Furniture & Electrical store in Nottingham city centre, Rosemary Oliver, 58, said: “The store is doing quite well. Have you heard that some stores in the city have closed their doors?

“But we still have a lot here, we have the Cancer Research charity, the Oxfam bookshop and Barnardo’s across the street which is great. pretty good.”

“It’s not always so busy; at the beginning of the year and when everything was opening up after the pandemic, it was not easy but that’s how it is. Recently we have been very busy and we have a lot incoming students who want to renovate their apartments they may have just moved into, we offer many student discounts.

“It’s great to see how popular these charity shops can be and to be able to help people.”

Mary Smith, 71, pensioner, from Rainworth, said: “Yes, I think charity shops are great. People need them now more than ever because of all that has happened these years and the out of the pandemic.

“It’s a terrible situation in Nottingham at the moment, people are in serious need of charity shops as prices are rising everywhere else. I love them – I actually prefer shopping there more than most other places !”

With Nottingham in fifth place, the Cornish town of Truro proved the thriftiest, with 12 charity shops and five regular garage sales compared to the 21,500 people who live there. The second thriftiest city in the UK is Lincoln, which has a population of 97,500 and 20 charity shops.

There are also 58 regular garage sales in and around Lincoln, the most of any city relative to the population of the UK. Chichester and Wakefield made up the rest of the list, with Wakefield being the second biggest city to feature in the top 10, behind Nottingham.

Harry Holroid, 27, said: “The big deal is that they’re cheap. It’s not just that, though, usually the clothes in them are just as good as most. places and obviously much cheaper a lot of the time.

“It’s embarrassing, but I used to have a bit of variety when I was shopping, but it’s mostly charity shops for me now! You can find so much of it there, it’s the best.

“I think maybe they’re becoming more popular now because of the pandemic that we’ve all just come out of, you know, everyone’s been going through a tough time for the past two years.”

This study was conducted by, a second-hand goods search engine operating across Europe.

A spokesperson for commented on the study: “Charity shops and garage sales not only offer customers great deals, but also allow older items to be resold, What Many Consumers Think When Shopping With a 120% increase in searches for charity shops over the past five years, it’s clear that many shoppers are now wondering where they buy their items.

“This data allows us to see where in the UK it may be easier to shop more sustainably, as well as where shoppers can find discounts and save money.”

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