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Shop makeover will be revealed to Valentines

Posted on 13 February 2013

Vintage clothes on display


Romantic souls still on the lookout for that unique gift to impress need look no further.

Pilgrims Hospices popular shop in St Dunstan’s Canterbury has been revamped and will re-open tomorrow, Valentine’s Day. Anthony Pratt, chief auctioneer at The Canterbury Auction Galleries will cut the ribbon for the official opening at 10am.

The store is housed in a half-timbered Tudor building, nestled in one of the oldest parts of Canterbury, close to the Westgate medieval gatehouse.

It is already full of high quality pre-loved items with something for everyone from clothes and accessories, to greetings cards, books and homewares.

This is the first refurb for this flagship Pilgrims shop in many years. “I think shoppers will be impressed, “ says Heather Sawney, head of retail for the charity. “By repainting the interior of this historic building and revealing some of the original Tudor features we hope we have created somewhere really special to visit.”

During the refurbishment works, the natural timbers of the building were uncovered, along with a beautiful period fireplace. Staff and volunteers have also spent time reorganising the stock which will be shown-off on custom fitted displays.

“We want visitors to have a relaxing, enjoyable shopping experience,” says Heather. “All the lovely donations we receive are checked for quality so customers can be sure they will find something special at an affordable price.”

Shoes on displayPilgrims currently has 33 hospice shops in east Kent and an online ebay store. Nothing is wasted and anything not sold in store is recycled or given to another Pilgrims store to ensure displays can be constantly refreshed for regular shoppers.

All Pilgrims Hospices shops are run with the help of volunteers.


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