Crisis Ups North London's Charity Shop Game for Good

Written by: Violet Myers

We love a good charity shop (so much so that we invented a game called ‘Charity Shop Bingo’). There’s nothing better than an afternoon rifle through a bargain bucket; be it looking for a 40th wedding anniversary present or something to wear to a court hearing.

That’s why we’re so damn pleased to welcome the new Crisis shop and cafe onto Stroud Green Road. As well as supplying N4 with all sorts of pre-loved treasures, from clothes to books to furniture, Crisis reminds us that not all charity shops are created equal and presents a shop like you’ve never seen before – you won’t find any stretched out Primark joggers here! Step inside Crisis’ new digs and you would be forgiven for thinking you’ve accidentally wandered into some West End boutique, clothes are displayed elegantly with a level of taste unseen in the average British charity shop. Better yet the place is home to a pretty trendy cafe, last seen raising the game of your local latte.

We’ve carefully considered the fresh, contemporary design of the shops, aiming to make them places that people want to spend time, creating a hive of activity and re-imagining the idea of the traditional charity shop.

says Sarah Farquhar the Director of Crisis Business Development. This is the second cafe/shop that Crisis has opened in London, the first having had great success in Hackney. They plan to open ten more of the shops around the capital over the next two years. The shops will be run by a mix of volunteers and homeless workers, in a bid to build confidence and professional training. An attractive layout, a bloody good bargain and helping the homeless, we haven’t felt this in love with a shop since Marks and Spencers brought in new Percy Pigs.

 

Main image courtesy of Jeff Hubbard for Crisis

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