|St Mary's Church, stunning |
although has a rather unfortunate web address
(st mary shit chin.org)
1. British Heart Foundation (High Street)
Large selection of books, not much in the way of bric-a-brac plus I startled a woman with her top off in the back stair well last time I was there as she was trying on an item of clothing and sadly they are devoid of a changing area
2. Cancer Research (High Street)
Small shop, mostly clothes, small displays of books, bric-a-brac and kid's toys, although did get a rather gorgeous mini glass cake dome in there once so always worth a look-see.
|Lurking Man #1|
Large store, lots of bric-a-brac (although sometimes the prices are a little steep). Volunteers wear branded tabards (classy) and they sell haberdashery (they have knitting needles out on display, this hardly ever happens!!), furniture, books and toys
|Lurking Man #2|
Sue Ryder has a special place in my heart as my mum worked at the Sue Ryder home in Whitwell for many years, small shop but well stocked with bric-a-brac and the staff complemented me on my top so they get full marks in my book
|Lurking Man #3|
Keech have a number of shops in the counties surrounding my hometown, all are well stocked and this one is no exception, this store always has a great window display and an abundance of wonderful vintage items including luggage and china. Friendly staff who give the impression that they genuinely enjoy volunteering.
This shop recently underwent a makeover and is much improved (ie it doesn't smell of mildew any longer, bonus!) and as a result has attracted a better standard of tat. Not much in the way of bric-a-brac but plenty of toys and clothes and is all on ground floor now (great if you have a buggy!)
7. Oxfam (Churchyard)
Tiny store, not much in the way of bric-a-brac and a LOT of new stuff (which I'm not interested in at all)
8. YMCA Vintage and Retro (Churchgate)
This shop focuses on the higher end of tat, furniture, bric-a-brac, vinyl, books. It's a large store with lots to look at, like stepping back into the past and the prices aren't too scary either.
9. Age UK (Sun Street)
A lot of space but not too much in it, although they do sell electrical items (not many charity shops will take electricals as they have to have them tested at considerable expense)
This shop is a little off the beaten track and we've walked past it a couple of times not realising it's there. Lots of women's and children's clothes, small amount of bric-a-brac and books
11. Salvation Army Care & Share (The Arcade)
Love this shop, not always open but when it is it's busy, busy, busy. Love rummaging for yarn or haberdashery and the man on the till seems to pluck the prices out of the sky, all of which are very reasonable
There are a LOT of charity shops to peruse but there are other reasons to visit Hitchin, there's a thriving market complete with a haberdashery stall, fabric stall and craft stall (all of which I'm sadly lacking in my hometown) which on Fridays becomes a Vintage Market. Also on the market site during the summer months there's a Saturday Craft and Farmers Market
Quite often when we're wandering around on a Saturday we find the hall next to St Mary's church hosts a jumble sale with tea, bacon sarnies and cakes.
And finally there's the marvellous Rosita Lollipop, not really sure how to describe this little shop. It's crammed with curiosities from vintage items to handmade tee shirts, rockabilly dresses and accessories and fun stuff for all ages. My little description really doesn't do it justice.
If you don't know the town too well but find yourself at a loose end in Herts then here's a handy Google map of my route but do me a favour and leave some stuff for little old me! Plus if there are any shops I've missed then don't hesitate to let me know as I'm always happy to expand my charity shop horizons.
Other local towns worthy of a charity shop note, Harpenden, St Albans, Stony Stratford, Olney, Newport Pagnel and Bedford