Posts Tagged ‘east africa’

Our posts are fast becoming a monthly rather than bi-weekly thing. We are experiencing a sustained surge in donation at present, in part due to Bookfest, part due to summer clearing out. While it can be tough to manage so much stock, the benefits are clear and immediate: more quality stock + more choice = increased sales. Last year Bookfest accounted for a makor spike in sales across the network, so it will be interesting to see how this year fares.

The extra quiz we put on for Bookfest was a great success. A full house in attendence, and £120 raised for East Africa (thanks everyone, especially the table of women who bought strip after strip of tickets). We also had our talk  on the poor houses of Glasgow, so we’d like to send our personal thanks to our volunteer Alasdair Ramage, whose presentation it was.


This month sees Syd Sharp return to the shop to showcase more of his bookbinding and printing expertise. Syd did an interactive  workshop in the shop previously and we had a lot of queries about running it or something similar again. This time round, he’ll be talking about Letterpress printing using an Adana printer. Attendees will get a chance to muck in and make their own small booklets. It’s a great chance to see an increasingly esoteric craft in action, so mark the date and get along. It’s on Thurs 25th August at 7pm, on the shop sales area. Tickets are free, though we would like to ask people to donate an amount of their choice to the East Africa appeal. For any further info, contact us at the shop.  


Lastly, there is currently a sale of selected New Product goods in the shop (you’ll find similar reductions at the moment in any Oxfam shop that carries New Product). Up to 80% off is being offered. The gardening range from last year didn’t last too long, and at the moment there are some other bargains to be had from the old stationery range (including a quite cool clock made from recycled cups), as well as reductions to many of our card lines.

And staying on topic, its worth mentioning that we had the highest gross sales of New Product of any Oxfam shop over the first quarter of this year, the first time we’ve ever topped this offer. Here’s hoping the trend carries on through the run in and through Christmas ’12.



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