The Best Charity Shops in East London
It’s true what they say, that one person’s trash is another person’s treasure, you just have to visit some of London’s most thriving charity shops to find that out. Stocking vintage finds and pre-loved goods spanning everything from clothing to furniture, books to ornaments, we list are the East London shops worth heading for.
With prices starting at 99p, there’s no better place to find that bargain holiday read or your favourite 1990s album on CD.
Positive Change, Newham
Located just a stone’s throw from Upton Park underground station, Positive Change is one of a selection of charity shops worth visiting on Barking Road. Set aside a little time to explore – it’s a compact, well-filled space that’s worth searching through.
RSPCA, East Ham
The RSPCA is perhaps the country’s most famous animal charity and its store on Barking Road is part of the quest to eliminate animal suffering. Whether you’re dropping off unwanted goods or stocking up on someone else’s, you can rest assured your contributing to something wholly worthy.
Integratus, Bethnal Green
Integratus is a charity that works to provide education and training programs for those who have come from deprived backgrounds, are unemployed or are disadvantaged in some way. Show your support by dropping by their store on Bethnal Green Road.
Cancer Research UK, Ilford
Positioned a little outside of the city, Ilford’s Cancer Research UK branch is somewhat more relaxed than one you might find centrally and what’s more? You’re more likely to be the first to find that hidden treasure you’ve been on the look out for.
British Red Cross, Dalston
Spanning everything from keepsakes to clothing, books to furniture, the British Red Cross store in Dalston is the kind of place you’ll find something you never knew you needed but you’re altogether glad you came across.
Princes Trust Tomorrow Store, Broadgate
What sets this store apart from its competitors is the fact that its products, which range from clothing to furniture, are designed and created by entrepreneurs involved in the charity’s Tomorrow Campaign, who aim to aid young people in launching a business.
Sense was launched to aid the deafblind and its shop in Hackney is just one of many situated across the UK. Can’t make it into store? You can shop the more collectable items on their eBay store.
British Red Cross, Barking
For those who live centrally, the British Red Cross shop in Barking is based a little further afield than its Dalston-based sister previously featured, but it’s another of those lesser-known charity shops that are sometimes more likely to present a treasure trove find. Save Save Save Save