What comes to mind when you think of York? Perhaps the world famous Minster, maybe the medieval streets or the Roman city walls. I’m guessing your thoughts don’t immediately turn to charity shops, right? Well, let me tell you that we have a fantastic selection right in the city centre, so get thee here and have a rummage.
The area in question is Goodramgate, which runs from the centre out towards Monk Bar, one of the old entry points through the city walls. Now, I’ve never counted how just many charity shops are along this street, but it must be about ten. There are the big boys like Oxfam and the British Heart Foundation, but also some smaller ones such as PDSA and an autism charity (when M was a toddler , I spotted a brilliant little play kitchen in the window of one of these shops. I think it cost a tenner and I remember being very pleased with it. The shop even delivered it for me the next day). It’s great because you can work your way up one side of the street and back down the other and incorporate the whole thing into a trip to town (if you’re local) or a sightseeing tour (if you’re visiting). Anyway, it’s definitely worth a look, so here’s a little map to help you out.
Hold on though, I’m not done yet. As if that wasn’t enough, if you head out of the city centre to an area called Acomb, there’s yet another run of them – just head for York Road and Bob’s yer uncle.. This just happens to be my ‘hood too. Quite often when I’ve dropped M at school, I carry on walking a bit further and have a little mooch amongst the second hand shops. Again, there must be getting on for ten in this small area, one of which is huge and has a separate furniture shop next door. If I’m honest, I think there are more bargains to be had in these particular shops than the city centre ones.
So, I’m linking up to the charity shop blog hop over at the wonderful Lulastic and the Hippyshake – if you know of a place bursting with charity emporia, then join in too!