The Second Hand Shop is in the Village Centre in Betty’s Bay along with the hairdresser and the coffee shops and the post office and several estate agents.
The stock is donated and anything in good order is welcome and on sale, from furniture to jewellery, to coffee mugs and clothes. There is always a need for stock and more stock.
The shop is managed by a lady volunteer with considerable business acumen with the help of the time and PR skills of a team of volunteer shop assistants. Local gentlemen with woodworking skills are frequently called in to make new shelves and stands to display items to better advantage and the net result of the team’s effort is a very successful shop.
It brings in enough revenue each month to pay the salaries of one teacher and one teacher assistant. It’s not necessary to spell out how important the shop is to the school’s finances.
It also is a source of resources for the school. More than a few people donate old toys to the shop and often these include puzzles and construction toys. Especially in the holidays when the days are spent in play activities, these donations are invaluable.