Poll suggests good times for charity shops

More people are giving to and buying from them than before the recession, says YouGov poll

More people are buying from and giving to charity shops than before the recession, a poll has suggested.

Pollsters YouGov surveyed 2,140 adults on behalf of insurance company Ecclesiastical at the beginning of May.

Thirteen per cent of respondents said they were buying more from charity shops than before the recession, and only 3 per cent said they were buying less.

Twenty-one per cent said they had recently started donating items to shops, and 43 per cent were already giving before the recession and had continued to do so.

Books were the most popular item on charity shoppers' lists – with 65 per cent of respondents looking for them in stores. Clothing was second, with 45 per cent.

Steve Wood, managing director, UK and Ireland, at Ecclesiastical, said: "This should be good news for charities who are seeing a decline in cash donations. It also appears that more people are giving goods to charity shops."

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