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SAINTS charity shop was named the Best Thrift Store in the 2023 Best of Joburg Awards, thanks to the voters who hold the charity close to heart.


Johannesburg, South Africa (03 November 2023) – The 2023 Best of Joburg awards took place recently and Joburgers have voted for all of their favourite places. Charity shop SAINTS earned a big nod for their work by winning the ‘Best Thift Shop’ title.

SAINTS raises funds for various charities by selling second-hand and preloved (sometimes even new) goods in their charity shop. They then take all the profits and donate them to animal welfare causes.

The awards were voted for by residents from throughout Joburg. The SAINTS team took time to send a huge thanks to everyone that helped make this award happen.

“To our followers – we are adding to the bragging now that we have our certificate

Thank you to each and every person who voted, but also those who keep our shop running – whether you support in store or from the comfort of your home – every purchase and donation helps!!

Also a massive thank you to every volunteer who selflessly and consistently devotes their time to our cause. You rock!!!”

The work the team does, not only gives a second life to unwanted or unused items, whether clothing, furniture, books and more; the funds raised by selling these items is then used as an additional income for animal welfare organisations that are listed as beneficiaries with SAINTS.

SAINTS beneficiaries:

  • Animal Allies
  • Border Collie Rescue SA
  • CLAW
  • Dogtown South Africa
  • The Dogs Trust
  • Friend of the Rottweiler
  • Rescue & Re-home South Africa
  • Greyhound Welfare SA
  • Pawesome Wacky Whiskers Rescue and Rehoming
  • Spaniel Welfare Sa

How SAINTs Saves Animals

While the acronym means “Supporting Animals In Needy Times”, anyone who knows the organisation agrees that SAINTS is run and supported by people who save, shelter and sterilise animals out of a deep love for them and their ongoing well-being at all times.

SAINTS was founded in 2008 by Vivienne Elliott and her son Jordan. They started small and hosted a book sale to help well-known animal shelter FORA to purchase food for their many shelter animals. They were able to handover over R5 000 to FORA.

They started selling donated goods and using the funds to support animal welfare organisations. It was heartwarming seeing the money raised, go directly towards the animals they loved so dearly.

SAINTS was formalised as a non-profit company (NPC) in 2012 with two co-directors; the SAINTS journey grew from book sales to clothing, ornaments and oddment sales – and much more. In 2012, the SAINTS Charity Shop was opened at North Riding Square, Bellairs Drive, Northriding.

You can check out the online charity shop here or visit them between 10 am and 3 pm at shop 19a, Northriding Square, Cnr Bellairs and Blandford Dr, North Riding.

Sources: SAINTS
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