Manchester’s fashionable Northern Quarter recently saw the opening of a RSPCA charity shop. Venturing into new territory, the RSPCA Manchester and Salford Branch have opened their 4th charity shop, located on Oak Street, opposite Manchester Craft Centre.
The shop opened to the public on 14th January and was an instant hit amongst the thriving community with its unique take on charity shopping; decked out in a boutique style but without the fancy prices.
Local residents, shoppers and retailers have been truly welcoming and supportive, with many bringing in their pooches as well as donations to help the charity raise vital funds. The shop can generate income out of almost any donated item, although they do not accept electrical items.
Shop manager Stephanie, who runs the shop with her dog Sally says: “What we need more than anything is for people to know that we are here. We’d love people to come by and say ‘hello’, so when you are next in the area please drop by.”
The shop is currently open Monday to Saturday and in the warmer months will open Sundays too. To learn more about the branch please visit: www.rspca-manchesterandsalford.org.uk
With the support of shoppers it is hoped that the shop will make a significant contribution towards the cost of running the branch, which is over £300k a year. The branch is dedicated to rehabilitating and rehoming animals rescued by RSPCA inspectors. Last year 469 animals benefitted from its help despite the branch not having its own animal centre.
A list of all four branches in the area can be found here: http://www.manchesterandsalfordrspca.org.uk/shop_locations.html