Opening day, Saturday 27 May, went brilliantly. A busy first morning!

A queue of people waited for the shop to open at 10am, mostly who had seen something inside the shop that they were desperate to buy. The shop was busy all day and many people liked the fact that it sold a bit of everything. Most popular items were bric-a-brac an antique wooden writing slope and Chinese chess set also went quickly.

The 1940’s cafe was busy, with the delicious cakes being especially popular. Several customers asked volunteers to take photos of them in the café. Several new volunteers registered, having seen the opportunities on display in the window, and representatives from several local community organisations were in the shop throughout the week.

It has been a fantastic experience and the aim of raising the profile of volunteering within Thornbury and district as well as gaining much needed funds has been recognised. The shop will be popping up every Saturday until 1 July.

Thornbury Volunteer Centre are very grateful to everyone who has donated items for sale in the shop and for the help of the St Mary Centre management team.