Here in Montreal, we don't have any charity shops from the above mentioned organizations. However, we do have one that helps people to get back into the work force, which we all know is a great cause! We have another one...The Salvation Army, and most of us, if not all, are familiar with the good work they do. We have yet another one where the organization helps people who need nursing care. Since all these shops are run by and for registered charitable organizations, they are able to take donations from the public and price them...and they are able to sell the items without charging tax, because they are organizations of charitable/non-profit means.
Personally, I just love these stores! I, being on a tight budget, and also being a person who appreciates the opportunity of helping others, shop in these stores for practically everything I need. I feel that I am doing the following: getting things I need at very affordable prices, helping the environment by purchasing things that can be reused, and helping those in need! It just makes me feel good to frequent these stores...and so I do on a very regular basis.
I am sharing a few photos of charity shops in the U.K.