By Helen Tristram
6th December 2009

A wealthy grandmother went to Kapiti`s Salvation Army Store recently to buy Christmas presents for her 10 grandchildren.

Why not? – I strongly believe in the principle of recycling and love shopping in Kapiti`s Charity shops.

Denise McKeen of the Birthright Opportunity Shop, says they are usually busy at Christmas and sell more clothes than other goods. All the clothes are laundered and checked for quality, and she showed me a very pretty top and skirt.  Who wouldn`t be tempted when any item of clothing is just $2. I noticed they had a good variety of small  toys for young children  too.

In the Salvation Army Store, furniture never stays around for long and there has been a recent run on glasses and cookware, presumably for catering for those extra guests over Christmas. The store manager said they had noticed more people shopping there this Christmas.

Lynn Blain, manager of the Mary Potter Hospice Shop says their shop generally has quality goods. At present they have some beautiful shoes and handbags. There are lots of lovely clothes including some notable fashion labels. And the pretty china and glassware would make good presents.  People particularly like to give to them, knowing the shop is a fundraiser for the Cancer Society.

Looking for presents?  In any of these shops you would be able to find all sorts of items that would be cheap and make lovely Christmas presents. You could also be wearing a stunning outfit bought from any one of them.  And you would feel good knowing that you had contributed to very worthy charities!

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