Charity shops under pressure from cash-for-clothes businesses

Irish charity shops are losing out on clothing donations because of the recent increase in the number of businesses offering cash for secondhand garments.

27th August, 2011

Irish charity shops are losing out on clothing donations because of the recent increase in the number of businesses offering cash for secondhand garments.

Paul Hughes, spokesman for the Irish Charity Shops Association, said that there was a link between the decline in clothing donations and the rise in the number of cash-for-clothes outlets. ‘‘These are absolutely commercial operations.

There is no benevolent involvement. A lot of these textile recyclers have no interest...

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