Fundraising ideas for charity shops

Interesting and fun ways to raise money for your Charity Shop. GoRaise can help you find new ways to raise money from your charity shop customers.

wdt_ID Fundraising idea Fundraising type Potential Time required
1 Window dressing Social High A bit
2 Social media Event High Fair
3 Promotions and sales Community High A bit
4 Keep stock high, but also high quality Corporate Medium A bit
5 Acquiring stock Corporate High A bit
6 125 Fundraising Ideas Community High A bit

Get some inspiration for ways to raise money for your charity shop

There are over 9,000 charity shops in the UK, so how can you make sure that yours stands out from the crowd and supports your cause as much as possible? Well, we have a few fundraising tips and ideas below to help make your shop a success in the local community.

Charity Shop Clothing fundraising ideas

Window dressing

This is without a doubt the most important part of the whole shop. What you place in the window makes the difference between enticing passers by, and putting them off visiting forever. Make sure to make the most of the creative talents of your staff to create great window displays. Do you have any fashion experts as volunteers, who can make sure that your window mannequins show off the best of your stock? It’s also really important to regularly change the window display to make sure that your shop front doesn’t just become ‘part of the scenery’ as far as passing trade is concerned.


Promotions and sales

Periodically run sales and promotions in your store. The options are wide. You could offer a flat percentage off certain types of goods, or run a ‘cheapest item free’ deal in certain weeks. Look at the days, weeks or months when your store struggles to attract business, and plan your promotions accordingly.

Social media

A huge amount of business for modern charity shops comes from collectors, and people interested in vintage fashion. Both of these users can be found online in droves. Hand over the management of your shop’s social media to a suitable volunteer and get them to show off new items in store using your shop’s page.


Keep stock high, but also high quality

Always be prepared to say no to a donated item, or to decide not to put it out on the shop floor. Make sure that the items your customers see as they enter the store are high quality and look attractive. Make sure not to have empty or unused space on the shop floor.

Acquiring stock

We live in a world where listing an item on an online auction site is so quick and easy, and many people will decide to do this, and perhaps never even consider donating an item to a charity shop. This means that keeping your shop full of quality second-hand items can be easier said than done. One of the best ways to keep stock coming in is to make sure to keep awareness of your store high. Signs in the windows can help with this, but a great way is through charity events.


Who wore it best competitions

Drive in traffic with fashion shows and who wore it best days and as they are in the store make sure they can easily donate to your good cause.

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