Safety assurance over items in charity shops

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SHOPPERS should not fear buying second-hand items from charity shops, the charity Giving Opportunities has said.

Paula Mills, left, the manageress at the Go2 Shop, and Becky Barry sorting through items given to the charity. All items are quarantined for 72 hours and then cleaned thoroughly before being put on sale. (Picture by Sophie Rabey, 28359198)

It has followed guidelines issued by Public Health to ensure safe reopening.

‘Go is very much back in business and we welcome customers new and old,’ said chairman Sarah Bamford. ‘We are taking everything very seriously. There is a lot of fear about buying second-hand items. But there is no need for that because everything is cleaned so thoroughly.’

All items are quarantined for at least 72 hours.

‘Items are not stored at Longue Hougue, but go to the Go furniture shops to be quarantined.

‘Upon collection from Longue Hougue, all items are placed into clear bags, packaged into boxes and taken to the shops.

‘Large furniture is stored in a container for 72 hours before being thoroughly cleaned, sorted and priced. All other items are stored for three days in the basement, in four separate bays.’

Signage has been installed to ensure a smooth system.

‘For example, if an item was collected today it would be put in a basement bay which at the head has a board displaying the date of arrival and the date it can be removed. Then it is again cleaned thoroughly, sorted and priced before being put on sale.


‘We have a very, very good system in place here and we need to make money to keep going.’

Funds raised teach young people employment skills.

‘Our furniture shop opens at 10.30am rather than 9.30am now and is deeply cleaned in that hour at the start of the day.

‘Go2 is cleaned at the end of day and is closed on Thursdays to do another deep clean to be sure.’

It is open until 4pm Monday to Saturday, excluding Thursdays.

Emily Hubert

By Emily Hubert
News reporter


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