As you may know, Children of the Mekong was planning to open a charity shop in South West London, in Clapham Junction area, at 32 Lavender Hill, SW11 5RL.
After a few changes of plan and negociations with the landlord who needs to make some renovation works in the shop, we are opening a pop-up store for a few months!
Even if we will be open for business only for a short period of time, it is a great opportunity for us to get some experience in the retail business, see what works for us or what needs to be improved.
We are making a big bet here, the charity shop will be a good occasion for us to diversify our incomes and send even more children at school!
As we are a charity, every penny we earn thanks to the shop will go to the runnung of our organization and to our programmes in Southeast Asia.
As every other charity shop in London, we are selling a great range of different items: men and women clothes, shoes, handbags, kids toys and clothing, homewares, bric a brac, books, DVDs, games, jewelry, and much more!
A little twist with others charity shops though: we have an Asian handicraft corner; you can buy here presents for you or a relative, a little something you probably won’t find that easily somewhere else.
This shop is also a good solution as we can finally settle and have an office!
We can now welcome all our supporters and volunteers in our brand new office and even offer them a cup of tea!
With the shop, we will extend our network: by having a high street shop, Children of the Mekong gains in visibility: more and more people are aware of our existence, they can walk-in and ask for information about Children of the Mekong, our missions, our values, the programmes we are running as well as the children we are sponsoring.
Well, first you can donate items for us to sale.
We are always looking for:
• unwanted gifts
• children’s clothing, toys and games
• men’s and women’s clothing and shoes
• books, multimedia like DVDs, CDs and vinyl, music instruments
• accessories, non-pierced jewellery, belts, handbags
• bric a brac, crockery, glassware, vases, tea sets, photo frames, bedding, curtains, cousin covers, small rugs and ornaments
• any old clothes or textiles that are no longer useable can still raise money by being sold to textile merchants.
• furniture: due to the lack of space, we can accept only small pieces of furniture.
Then you can volunteer with us at the shop: as we don’t have paid shop manager, the running of the shop rely only on volunteers.
You can join us to help on the sorting out, cleaning and preparing all the donations into saleable items, be in charge of the till, but also join us to support the admin and accounting.
There are a lot of benefits for you too; you will be part of a friendly team, gain work experience, learn transferrable skills in retail, and meet new people everyday! It also brings you the satisfaction of knowing that the work you do in London is making a tremendous difference for the kids that Children of the Mekong is supporting.
So, what are you waiting to join us?
Hope to see you soon,
Children of the Mekong team.