Oxfam’s new Books and Music shop was opened on Thursday, April 18 by Oxfam Oundle’s longest serving volunteer of 35 years, Sheila Mills, who cut the ribbon at the opening ceremony.
The new shop is located alongside the existing Oxfam Fashion and Homeware shop in West Street.
Shop manager Stephanie Robinson has been working with volunteers to organise the stock. Brightly painted in Oxfam’s zesty green, the shop is lined with shelves of high quality books, vinyl and music CDs. Stock is rotated every four weeks to refresh the selection, and is priced to be cheaper than Amazon. Specialist or antiquarian books are also listed on Oxfam’s online shop.
Ms Robinson has already recruited more than 20 volunteers for the new shop, but there are still plenty of volunteer role vacancies to apply for.
Since the books have moved out of the original Oxfam shop, manager Kay Waddell has taken advantage of the extra space to reorganise the merchandise. She has increased display for homewares and created new areas for men’s clothes, linens and a children’s section. And customers have noticed. “Takings are up £500 a week,” she said.