Local people have pulled out all the stops to support the opening of our new charity shop in Hythe.
‘Designer,’ ‘bespoke’ and ‘beautiful’ are just some of the adjectives being used to describe the pre-loved items on offer at the new shop, just a stone’s throw from its previous premises in the High Street.
Demelza has successfully operated a charity shop in the town for 15 years, as well as a separate, hugely-popular bookstore, a few doors away. But the move to bigger and better new premises – at 138 High Street – means we will have more space, more scope – and more flexibility.
The double-fronted Georgian shop has been newly-fitted out to accommodate regular donations of clothes and household items but upstairs, two beautiful spacious rooms mean we will be able to run special ‘pop up’ features – such as a Christmas shop, wedding shop, carnival shop and vintage shop
Rachel Stead, Shop Operations Manager, said: “We are hugely excited by the move to these lovely new premises and the potential they have to offer. Locals have been beating down the doors while we have been getting ready – not just giving us some fantastically generous donations, but also wanting to buy.”
Elke, a regular visitor to Demelza, was invited along to cut the ribbon on Thursday September 1 and officially declare the new shop open, after which a few glasses of bubbly were raised to toast the continued success of Hythe’s Demelza shop.
Shop manager Lynn Madigan, who has worked for Demelza for more than 13 years, will continue to manage the new shop with her faithful team of trusty volunteers, who look forward to welcoming their regular customers – along with some new ones. The old shop will continue to open three days a week – Friday, Saturday and Monday from 10am-4pm - until November 5 as a clearance store, with lots of items at bargain prices.