Inspire revamps its thrift stores

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Inspire Foundation Malta has recently relaunched its iconic charity shops with the aim of welcoming a wider audience. Named ‘Give & Take charity shops’, they are located in Ħamrun, Marsascala and a warehouse in Qormi.

“It wasn’t just about renaming our stores and designing a nice logo to go with them,” said Giovanna Mirabile of Inspire.

“The whole way we run our stores has been restructured to increase efficiency and ultimately deliver a better product to our customers, which allows us to be better positioned to support our program participants.”

The thrift stores have undergone an extensive renovation process.

Christabel Tonna, Head of Retail Operations at Inspire, said: “You’d be forgiven if you couldn’t recognize our stores, as they now blend easily into traditional retail stores, making the experience worthy of customers visiting a thrift store. However, the prices remain unbeatable, as we have kept them absolutely low so that we can also support all members of society through our stores. »

Through its Give & Take Charity shops, the foundation offers objects in good condition at reasonable prices. The objects are donated by the public or by companies and the income generated is used directly to finance its operation.

The benefits of Give & Take charity stores are threefold: they offer items at low prices to those who cannot afford to buy in conventional stores; they give new life to used items, promote the value of sustainability and reduce items going to landfill, while generating revenue for Inspire’s programs and services, which provide support for children and adults with disabilities and their families.

Members of the public can donate undamaged clothing, clothing accessories such as jewelry, household items, vintage and collectibles, upholstery, DVDs and CDs, electronics, toys and board games, frames and decorative items, stationery and childcare items. .

All donated items are sorted and organized by the Inspire team, then distributed to the three outlets.

The restructuring of the outlets was carried out with the support of invaluable funding and mentorship from the Malta Social Impact Awards, which helped make this ambitious project a reality. The renovated establishments are located at St Joseph High Street, Ħamrun; Trejqet il-Wied in Qormi; and at the Inspire Therapy and Recreation Center in Marsascala.

For more information, visit https://inspire.org.mt/charity shops.

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