If you like dressing up you’ll find a treasure trove of costumes arriving at the Chestnut Tree charity shop in Uckfield over the next few weeks.
The fun starts on Monday when manager Angie Page says Hallowe’en stock will be available. She’s been hoarding clothes and props that will be ideal for the traditional celebration.
She says they will go quickly and so it will be good to get into the shop early. Glitzy evening wear will be for sale alongside the Hallowe’en stock.
But perhaps even more exciting is the fact that Chestnut Tree is taking delivery of costumes formerly used on the stage at Glyndebourne.
Some have already arrived – such as a selection worn in Lord of the Rings and Figaro – and more are expected. They are being donated by a costume-maker.
Area manager Liz Rich said it was a bonus for the children’s charity when donations such as this arrived to help boost fund-raising. They expected the costumes to sell well.
The charity shop raises money which enables the hospice service to look after hundreds of local children with life-shortening conditions, their siblings and families, giving them chance to live life to the full, for as much time as they have together.
Also new at the shop are greetings cards, and Christmas cards, and winter clothing. “It’s not time yet for the winter coats and heavier knits but we have some very nice warmer clothes now,” said Angie.
As Christmas approaches lots of gifts will be for sale, all donated and many new, including toys. Staff will dress up for late night shopping, on Friday, December 2, and run a tombola in the shop. There will also be a Chestnut Tree stall to look out for elsewhere in town.
Donations of items are gratefully received at the Chestnut Tree shop and anybody interested in volunteering would be welcome to call in.
Area manager Liz said that while work is done on a voluntary basis there are genuine skills to be learned. There is, for example, the chance to learn how to use EPOS (Electronic Point of Sale) technology, and about merchandising and customer service.
“Not everybody wants to be customer-facing but there are many more jobs that are done behind the scenes which you could help with if you are interested in joining us,” said Liz.
Angie added: “We are a very friendly lot here and have a good laugh as well as working hard.”
Visit Angie and her team at the Chestnut Tree Shop at 23 High Street, Uckfield, or contact Angie on 01825 769912 to find out more about volunteering.
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