The cost-of-living crisis has affected so many people in so many ways. On top of that businesses have also been affected and within that charity shops. They were already in bother due to COVID and now this cost-of-living crisis hasn’t done much to help. As members of the public struggle to pay the bills at home they may be turning to the more charitable organisations for their everyday needs. But are these charity shops in a position to fulfil these needs.
We asked Andy, a local from the Winton area, coming out of a charity shop he said that he believes the cost-of-living crisis has really affected these types of businesses. When asked if he reckons there’s been a decline in the number of items being donated, he said: “yes with COVID first and now this situation there’s in my opinion been a decline in recent times”.
He was then asked if he thought businesses such as these would be in trouble for the future and he said: “I’d probably say yes because it’s becoming more expensive to run and operate these days especially I people aren’t donating too much too”. And then to get a more personal perspective he was asked how the current situation has affected him personally to which he replied “absolutely it feels as though my bills have tripled”.
With small business such as charity shops trying to navigate the current crisis, many will be wondering how they are going to cope.