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.
Marke Railton VIP Store Manager
It may be sunny outside but we have to start planning ahead. Yes ladies and gentlemen I am going to use the “C” word. That’s Christmas by the way! We are always looking out for items that we can sell as stocking fillers, as well as Christmas homewares and soft furnishings, oh and don’t forget that party wear. We love a good Christmas jumper!
Last year quite a few volunteers bought gifts from certain well know stores as part of their three for the price of two offer and donated the “free gift” to the shop.
While toys and games are also a seasonal favourite, please remember they need to be complete. Although we have started with Christmas, don’t let that put you off making donations of the usual items....after all without donations the shop would quickly run out of stock to sell!
While discussing donations – Don’t forget you can donate raffle prizes to the Society at the VIP Store. Just make sure that you make it clear to one of our lovely volunteers that they are prizes and not donations to the store.
Before I start writing the VIP section for Optic Topics, I ask all the volunteers what they would like to see in the entry. One thing has come up again and again this time round. Wrapping! I know you will all be as disappointed as we are when I tell you that some of your donations never make it to the shop. We would be ever so grateful if you could please wrap breakable items separately and mark as fragile. Sadly some items have not arrived in one piece because they were wrapped in clothing and bagged with other items.
When this sort of thing happens we have to dispose of the whole bag of donations because of the risks to the volunteers who are sorting and cross contamination of any clothing, especially if the item was glass. It really is very sad when we see this waste but as I am sure you will all agree volunteer safety must come first.
Can you also pass this on to all your friends and relatives who very kindly donate. Don’t forget we are happy to receive donations over the counter or by the back door. If you are making a large donation, it would be greatly appreciated if you could ring in advance.
Don’t forget we often have “flash” sales and these are advertised on our Facebook page. These only last a few days and have proved particularly popular.
During the school holidays we will be keeping our ever popular BOGOF “buy one get one free” offer on DVDs.
Oops, almost forgot the volunteers section. We are always on the lookout for new volunteers and we know that people volunteer for many reasons. Did you know that volunteering makes you more employable and helps to bridge the gap between education and the world of work? At the VIP store we would love to help you gain the experience you require. If you would like to know more about volunteering in our charity shop, please contact Manx Blind Welfare on 674727 or pop into the shop
I know that many of you follow us on Facebook. It would be really great to see new followers. Our Facebook address is https://www.facebook.com/theVIPStoreIOM
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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