I researched an article over a year ago about how donating to charity shops can make you feel good, strengthen your personal values, and introduce your children to the importance of generosity. One quote that really stuck with me during my research was by Winston Churchill:
“We make a living by what we get…we make a life by what we give.”
My favourite day out with my daughter is when we head into town and browse the charity shops, looking for new toys to play with on a rainy day, this usually comes hand in hand with returning a bag of previously bought toys that she no longer plays with. Thus keeping the cycle going. Whilst in these charity shops, I occasionally stumble across something out of the ordinary. The best so far is a handmade doll house equipped with wallpaper, rugs, and furniture. This doll’s house is three stories high is beautiful and has clearly been very loved, however, it is in need of some TLC.
With this in mind, and I know I have started early, but due to the cost of living, I have really started to think about Christmas and the presents I am to give my family & friends. I have decided that this year, all our gifts will be handmade or charity-bought, and I will repurpose and recycle them. I will be giving a 2nd life to these items, helping to support local charities, and also keeping my carbon footprint low.
The excitement and fulfillment I have already gotten just by brainstorming this idea has completely changed my outlook on what may be a tricky time of the year for many financially. And I am looking forward to seeing my loved ones’ faces when they receive something that a lot of thought and time has gone into. It’s something that I know I am always more appreciative of myself.
Yesterday I went into a paint shop and explained to the owner that I am going to redecorate and give to my daughter the charity shop-bought doll house for Christmas. He provided me with pots of paint samples free of charge, wished me luck, and asked to see pictures when it was complete. This simple act of kindness from a stranger gave me a spring in my step for the rest of the day.
This morning I equipped myself and my daughter with a bucket and went blackberry picking along the coast path, one of our gifts will be homemade blackberry jam. We will freeze the blackberries and make jam nearer the time. Our morning outside in nature was wonderful and we came home with a big haulage of fresh blackberries which we were incredibly pleased with. We also collected sprigs of lavender which we are going to dry out and arrange in bunches tied together with charity shop-bought ribbon.
This afternoon will be spent crafting and coming up with ideas for homemade cards as well as labels for our jam. Again, all are completely fulfilling activities.
“True wealth is not acquired through earthly possessions, but by leading a fulfilling life. There is nothing more fulfilling than knowing you have made a palpable difference in the lives of other people.”
– John Haltiwanger
“No one has ever become poor by giving.”
– Anne Frank
Our fundraising shops in town are perfect places to start your gift shopping, whether you’re thinking of Christmas already like me, or you are in need of a Birthday / Anniversary / Just Because gift, details of Silkworth’s shops below:
50/50 Furniture shop, The Quay
Wednesday – Saturday
9am – 4:30pm
Burrard Street Clothes, Accessories & Bric-a-Brac Shop
Monday – Saturday
9am – 5pm
Written by Catherine, a representative of The Silkworth GroupBack to resources