Charity Shops close to my Heart

Margaret Dixon. Photos:

Fans of charity shops will know that shopping at a charity shop is a different kettle of fish.

I, for one, am a staunch fan of charity shops. I can reel off a list of reasons starting with affordability in a harsh economic climate – but let me start with another one. The people who work in the shops. They’re special.

I call them my aunties, although some look younger than myself, and none of them are related to me. People like Margaret Dixon from the Rotary shop, (and her charming colleagues!) make a visit to the shop special.

Gesina Kruger.

At the Koop en Gee winkel, which is situated on the grounds of the NG Church, Gesina Kruger multi-tasks like a dream: she unpacks donations, talks to her customers, and creates tasteful displays. And in between she also proves that she has green fingers – just look at the glorious display of geraniums outside the shop. No wonder some of the customers fondly call her “Mamma.”

The proceeds of these shops fill too many holes too mention. When next you wonder who to support, consider a charity shop right here in town. You’ll get the feel-good factor as well as the pleasure of talking to these women. ( will feature the third charity shop next week.)

The Rotary Shop is on the corner of 6th Avenue and Beach Road; next to Salon Carinette. The Koop en Gee Winkel is on the grounds of the NG Church in Eleventh Avenue.




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