A DEMAND for all things vintage has triggered a surge in sales at a Burton charity shop which could see the theme extended across the Midlands.
St Giles Hospice charity shop, in High Street, Burton, launched its ‘retro’ section after it saw an increase in demand for retro clothing, with dedicated followers of fashion eager to snap up 1970s styles and recreate the look with a modern twist.
The shop has attracted countless customers from Burton and South Derbyshire College with fashion students keen to go ‘Back to the Future’ in their search for the latest must-have styles.
Penny Morris, St Giles Hospice shop’s area manager, said: “We started the ‘retro’ section about seven weeks ago and the response has been amazing. We stock everything from old record players to lace gloves and wooden furniture.
“We’ve noticed a lot of younger people coming in, they seem to really love the old dresses and it’s as if they want to try to look like their mum did all those years ago. Vintage is very ‘in’ at the moment and customers are loving it.”
St Giles Hospice, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, has a network of charity shops across the Midlands and the vintage theme could now be extended to other stores if they can source enough stock.
Mrs Morris added: “We rounded up a lot of the donated items from our warehouse and grouped them all together to create a dedicated ‘retro’ section which we then put into the Burton store.
“We have definitely seen a rise in footfall and it has attracted customers from all walks of life, from young students to grandmothers reminiscing and enjoying a nostalgic trip back in time.
“If we can get enough stock we’ll definitely put the range into other shops as well as it seems so popular. We had one gentleman who had been hanging onto a 1940s record player but when he saw a charity could benefit from it he gave it to us to sell.”
Profits from the 30 hospice shops located across the region go towards providing specialist care for local people living with cancer and other serious illnesses.
The Burton ‘retro’ store is open Monday to Saturday from 9am to 5pm and Sundays from 10am to 4pm.
Further information is available by phoning 01283 512418 or by visiting www.stgileshospice.com/shops and retro clothing can be donated.