Charity Shops
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We love spending a few quiet moments browsing the shelves of charity shops we find on our travels; they always have a treasure or two at affordable prices.


South Africa (20 January 2023) – Many charities fund themselves by having a charity shop on the premises which sells second-hand items and sometimes even new items. These little shops are treasure troves filled with hidden gems and secret finds at prices that would make your purse stay flush!

Charity shops are a great asset to society because they offer a resource to find affordable alternatives while giving back. They are a great option for people who have stepped away from fast fashion retailers and need a good source of clothing to shop. Bookworms who cannot afford the newest books can purchase bags full from a charity shop.

These options are even more in demand today with the economy being as it is. So we decided to make a list of all the charity shops we could find. Like all of our charity lists before, if we missed any, please do reach out to be added to the list. Please email, and we will add it soonest; kindly supply the relevant links as well as which province they work in.

Most Cheshire Homes, Hospice, SPCA and Salvation Army franchises will have a charity shop on the premises so if you know of one close to home, call to double-check.

Before we start the list, please take a moment to read what the benefit of a charity shop is and what to remember if you are making a donation to the shop, or making a purchase.

Benefits of Charity Shops:

  • You have a place to send your unwanted (useable, clean) goods. Spring cleaning now has a meaningful purpose.
  • Charity shops often have very affordable hidden gems whether it be older books, vintage clothing or useful household tools. Expensive ‘vintage’ shops thrift these places and add markups to the items.
  • Contributions to the shop go back to the cause it supports so buy something or donate something to make a difference.
  • You get to see first hand, the charity you support as shops are usually on the same premises.
  • Your items find new homes instead of going to the dump. Yay for the environment.
  • Volunteers run the shops, and supporting them gives people who sometimes can’t work a purpose.
  • They are also a great place to go recycle, most charity locations will have paper and glass bins to help them raise extra funds.
  • Ask the people who work there if you are looking for something in particular, they may have something in the storeroom or are able to keep an eye out for you.

Things to remember about shopping or donating:

  • Always donate things in working order, like puzzles with all the pieces or appliances that work properly. It is unfair to discard your useless stuff at a charity that is desperate for funds – it costs them to have your junk removed!
  • Books, good clothing and bric-a-brac are always a safe bet to donate, call ahead for other things to check if there is space.
  • Double-check the sizing of clothing before you buy them and don’t be afraid to try them on.
  • On that note, wash all clothing you buy from a charity shop. Before making your donations, wash the items you send in. Not all of them have the facilities or budget to wash items beforehand.
  • Anything can be DIY’d so go with an open mind and go often so you don’t miss a thing.
  • Forget the idea of glamour, get down and dirty finding the hidden treasures.
  • Put things back where you found them.
  • Take your own shopping bags.

Note: Some shops are not open full-time, you will need to confirm opening hours personally to avoid unnecessary trips.

South African Charity Shops

Eastern Cape

Free State





North West

Western Cape

Sources: Various – Linked Above
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Tyler Leigh Vivier is a writer for Good Things Guy.

Her passion is to spread good news across South Africa with a big focus on environmental issues, animal welfare and social upliftment. Outside of Good Things Guy, she is an avid reader and lover of tea.

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