There is currently a lot of charitable need in the black community, we are a materialistic race our net worth as a race is trillions of dollars, yet our communities as a people is worth less than a dollar. A black womans median wealth is $5 and the black family holds 6% of the wealth white people hold.
This plays into the importance of charity shops (or thrift shops if you are reading the US), there is much distain amongst the black community in shopping charity shops, but it could be a way of getting things to the community and also allowing there to be more money, initially in the community, then wealth could be built.
This could be build from a example
For example, some Africans who migrate to the UK to work, for a short to medium term period, in the care and low pay industry send much of the money they have back to their home countries to build houses and businesses with family members. They save money by shopping in charity shops and eating simply as well as living in shared accommodation. I’m not advocating this exact example, but I hope you can see what I am getting at, live simply if you have a very low income or look for value for money items.
The charity shop would be used to sell:
Tickets to black events
These are some of the items which could be sold and used to be put back into the community and generate income for local community activities. There are a number of charities which are run and set up by black people, for black people. I am not sure how many are willing to put the work in to set up a shop even if its required there could be the possibility to get a start up grant for the charity/ organisation (some further information will be provided at the bottom):
Another use of charity shops is to use it as a facility to enable members of the community to get transferable skills such as customer service, communication, productivity and team working skills. From experience I volunteered in a Oxfam charity shop, whilst I was working in international development (full time during the week and do this on a weekend). It enabled me to develop my customer service and productivity skills, which came in use a few months later when I was working as a library assistant whilst studying full time.
The Charity shop would eventually be used for the following:
A skills Hub
A place where members of the community can buy cheaper goods
A place where you can buy a book for cheap
A place where you can get information on local events
Charity shops can be used as a place (as listed above) where you can donate unwanted clothes and furniture as well as clothes and books. This may be important when looking a persons who may not be able to afford brand new items and would like something in good condition whilst they are awaiting new items.
There is much potential a charity shop could add to an area, its a shame as African American or Afro Caribbean people we do not want to be associated with going into a shop to buy things which we can actually afford, rather than overspending and not using the money we overspend to create a future for our race rather than our children. At least visit a charity shop to see what they have on offer there are some gems.
Further information on setting the Charity Shop up
How to make the most of your charity shop (www.knowhownonprofit.org)
How Digital is Reinvigorating Charity Shops (www.blogjustgiving.com)
Starting a charity shop (www.charityretail.org.uk)
Opening a Thrift Store (www.smallbusiness.chron.com)
Starting a Thrift Store (www.wikihow.com)
How to open a thrift shop (www.budgetsaresexy.com)
Black womans wealth (www.theatlantic.com)
Charity Shops Not Greedy or Outpricing the poor (www.theguardian.com)
Racial wealth Gap in the US (www.uk.businessinsider.com)