Some items will never sell

PUBLISHED: 02:01 09 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:41 15 June 2010

I do have some sympathy with your report last week about the number of charity shops in Honiton. I refer to your previous article about the British Heart Foundation, which was a 're-opening' following inward investment for refurbishment to an existing sho

I do have some sympathy with your report last week about the number of charity shops in Honiton. I refer to your previous article about the British Heart Foundation, which was a 're-opening' following inward investment for refurbishment to an existing shop. This has only gone to show that the Foundation felt the expense was worthwhile to enhance an already successful shop but showed they were happy to upgrade this outlet as confidence in their trading and the future prosperity of the town. The flip side of the argument is, in my opinion, the town councillors need to actively seek and pursue attracting other retail outlets at the better quality end of the spectrum that would add to the town's attraction, to tourists and the like, thereby guaranteeing the special uniqueness of our market town. Charity shops, by their very nature, receive all types of quality of goods. They do their best to sell the better quality items, since the other donations, by virtue of their trading experience ,will never sell - even at give away prices. So what do they do with donations they cannot re-sell? They have to be thrown away and collected by the council. Please note that all clothing not offered for sale is recycled to third world countries. I have to say that a number of residents use these shops for the very purpose of getting rid of unwanted rubbish that they are too lazy, or have no means themselves, to take to the recycle amenities. So, in effect, these shops additionally help minimise our collective carbon footprinting by acting as a collection point for refuse and saves people making their own journeys to the 'tips'. Graham Yates By email

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