As one of the most innovative charity retailers on the high street, we have a range of specialist charity shops and products to suit you.
Vintage and retro
Whether you love digging through vinyl, are a 1940s enthusiast or you love the 90s, our charity shops are a must for all things collectable.
Our specialist teams hand pick the items we sell in our vintage shops and departments.
We are always looking for volunteers, so whether you fancy sorting through our vintage stock, creating window displays or helping at one of the many festivals and events we attend each year, you can find out more by visiting our volunteering page.
Visit one of our large, spacious superstores where you’ll find a huge range of donated goods and new items on offer.
Along with the usual range of ladies, mens and childrens clothing, you can also shop for furniture, electrical goods and household items.
Conveniently located on the high street and in out-of-town shopping centres, you’ll also find that our superstores are ideal to easily drop off your donations.
So have a clear out of your cupboards before you visit and you’ll have room for all the bargains you’ll find!
£3 or less
Our special brand of budget shops offer a wide range of high street names at bargain prices. You’ll find everything you need from clothing and accessories, to household and entertainment, all under one roof.
Selected shops also sell furniture which is all priced at £50 or less.
With low prices and quick purchases, new items are put out daily so it’s worth popping back on a regular basis.
SAVED - tested, refurbished or upcycled by Sue Ryder
When some might think an item is destined for landfill: that’s when our SAVED label comes to life. By injecting time, creativity and expertise, we make them usable and enjoyable once again.
From replacing the plug on an otherwise-perfect lamp, to refurbishing a washing machine with a full check, repair and clean, or upcycling a well-worn chair into a modern masterpiece – all of it has been SAVED by Sue Ryder.
Lovingly – and ethically – refurbished by our charity shop staff
Our specially trained shop staff, volunteers and selected partners use their passion and skill to turn our sort rooms into bustling hives of transformation.
That’s where the PAT-testing for safe domestic appliances takes place, or curtains are cut up to make handbags.
We also work with prisoners who service second-hand bikes in bicycle workshops, making them ready for the road again. Set up as part of the Government’s drive to reduce reoffending by encouraging organisations to link with HMP industries through the New Futures Network, we work in partnership with the Ministry of Justice to help create employment and training opportunities for prisoners within a purposeful, encouraging environment.
The bikes are brought to the HMP workshops in various states of repair, then qualified Band 4 instructors train and mentor the volunteers to assess the work needed to make the bikes fit for purpose and to carry out repairs.
The refurbished bikes are then sold at our Sue Ryder charity shops as part of our SAVED scheme. Any of the bikes which can't be fully repaired are broken down and used for spares, so nothing goes to waste.
So whether it’s a fashionista wanting one-off designs, or a family on a budget, SAVED can offer style and value in an ethical way.
Bringing SAVED to our customers represents everything we care about in one big, virtuous circle.
It gives skills and confidence to our staff and volunteers. It helps reduce the millions of tonnes of waste that go into landfill every year. It makes environmentally friendly choices available on the high street at affordable prices.
And, while the items are improving the lives of those who use them, all the money raised goes towards our palliative, neurological and bereavement support.
What is upcycling?
Upcycling is the process of converting old or discarded materials into something useful and often beautiful.
It gives an item a better purpose and makes a positive impact on the environment by removing items from the global rubbish stream. It’s different to recycling, which requires energy or water to break down materials; upcycling requires only creativity and some elbow grease!
Upcycling is not a new concept. Some of the best examples of modern-day upcycling come from the 1930-40s when families had very little economic or material resources. In this age of thrift, they reused almost everything, repurposing items over and over until they were no longer useful: what's old is new again, but with a twist.
Many of our shops have been upcycling furniture and fashion over the years, and it’s now being brought into the SAVED family, with more and more shops being trained on how to bring old pieces back to life and offer customers something no-one else has.
For furniture, this could include sanding, painting, waxing, decoupage and stencilling donated pieces to bring them back to life. For fashion items, this could mean cutting and stitching to make silk scarves into tops or beautifully patterned vintage dresses into stylish modern-day jumpsuits.
Our PAT-tested electricals
A portable appliance test (PAT test) ensures appliances are electrically safety-tested and will not cause damage or injury to the user.
Most electrical safety defects can be found by visual examination, but some types of defect can only be found by testing them. PAT-testing of electricals is a legal requirement in all our shops.
Examples of the electrical appliances that require testing are microwaves, lamps, vacuum cleaners, printers, stereos and portable heaters. Appliances that are permanently affixed to a building structure are not included in PAT regulations because they are not portable – items such as electrical heating or cooling units, built-in lighting and some refrigerators.
Although PAT testing only guarantees electrical safety, we can offer customers a full refund if they are not happy with the functionality of their electrical product.
Our refurbished white goods
Refurbishing means to renovate something old and put it back to working order.
This is the process our second-hand white goods (home appliances) go through to make them fully operational and safe.
This involves a rigorous process of testing, reconditioning and cleaning to bring them up to scratch.
The five key points of this process are:
- All electrical systems fully safety checked.
- Mechanical parts tested for durability.
- Fully functionally tested.
- Refurbished to standards equal to PAS 141:2011.
- Cleaned and fully sterilised.
That means you can get the household items you need at the prices you can afford, and take them away on the day. All items come with a six-month warranty, too.
Selected shops are now selling these refurbished white goods, including SAVED fridges, washing machines and freezers.
Find your local shop
Discover these ranges and much more in your local charity shop.