The VIP Store
Opened in 2015, The VIP Store is Manx Blind Welfare Society’s shop in the heart of Douglas. It stocks a wide range of good quality pre-owned clothes, books, ornaments, furniture and other items in its handy Strand Street location.
The name not only reflects how we treat our customers, but also who the shop is raising money for; VIPs, or Visually Impaired People.
Open from 10am to 4.30pm from Monday to Saturday and staffed by our friendly volunteers, we invite you to pop in to browse the rails and shelves – you never know what bargain or must-have gift you’ll find.
The VIP Store is an important source of income for the Society, but it also help to raise awareness of the services and support provided by MBWS among the public.
As well as being a customer, there are many other ways you could get involved in supporting out shop; you could volunteer to serve customers, or you could help collect, transport or sort stock, for example. Training, where necessary, is given.
Recently we had a lady come in and ask about an item she had donated. It had been a couple of weeks and she had not seen it on display.
Having told her the bag was snapped up very quickly she was ever so pleased, and told us the story of how an art décor handbag happened to be in her possession and the interesting life that lady had had.
When we are sorting books we often find evidence of a well-loved book being quite a treasured possession. Recently a book on classical music was stuffed full of notes on various composers and the owner’s views on them. We left them in the book for the next person to read when it was purchased.
When these events happen it makes us think about the items that are being donated, and the people that have given them to the society to sell to raise funds, and how lucky we are to have such generous followers and supporters. We are always on the lookout for quirky and interesting items.
In retail terms it is well and truly autumn. You can probably feel the nip in the air and see the trees changing colour.
We have been getting our autumn stock ready. We have a wide selection of knitwear available starting from just £4, and scarves and hats from £1. So why not pop a long and at the same time grab a good book? We have a wide selection from just 50p. Settle down with your favourite brew and forget about the weather.
To find out more call 674727 or email here
If you would like to volunteer at The VIP Store download the form here
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