Irish Cancer Society Limerick Moves Location – Pictured Debbie Devereux, Manager of the store, Catherine Keane, volunteer, Melanie Wilmot and Claire McNamara, both volunteers. Picture by Holly Kenny / ilovelimerick
Irish Cancer Society Limerick moves location from 34 William Street to 53 Upper William Street. All 35 volunteers of Irish Cancer Society hopes that this movement will bring more people into the store. The store is managed by Debbie Devereux.
General Manager of Retail for Irish Cancer Society Paul Hughes said, “This shop is about two and a half times bigger than the old shop and its just a matter of practicality, people can move around the shop and its easier to shop and see the clothes.”
The shop window is beautifully decorated almost as a high street boutique but the clothes inside are an absolute bargain. This store gets their items in a number of different ways.
The store has a volunteer who does rounds around Limerick and drops bags and collects the clothes people donate. People also come to the store to donate their clothes to the charity. Paul Hughes explained that there are local businesses who would also support the charity: “We also have companies that support us. A lot of the people working in dell will do clothes collections to donate to us and that’s a huge benefit to us.”
The volunteers that work in this shop come from all walks of life ranging in different ages from 16 year olds looking for work experience to individuals in their 80s.
The previous store on 34 William Street was taken on by Irish Cancer Society around 8 years ago. At the time Paul explained there was no property available to the charity in Limerick and it was very difficult to get it. “It’s much smaller than this shop and it wasn’t ideal and we would never take on that venue now.”
The most sold product in the charity shop are women’s clothes and children’s clothes. It comes to no surprised as the shop is packed with beautiful pieces priced as little as seven euros. The clothes come in a range of sizes and there’ll be something stocked that suits everyone.
“Our business is interesting in the sense that it’s a bit like Alladin’s cave. If you go into any retail business you will see have a fixed range of items. But we could have a range of 2,000 different items on the shop floor at any time with one of everything.” Paul said.
Behind the shop floor is a room filled with bags of different clothes. A team of volunteers goes through the different bags and sorts out what can be used and what can’t be used.
Paul says that there are customers who can come in about four times a day to check if there is anything new on the shop floor but there is also huge potential for potential customers who haven’t discovered the beauty of charity shops.
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