Are you trying to minimise our impact on Planet Earth, reduce our usage of plastic, packaging, energy and water?  We are.  It’s not always easy – but one of the simplest things we can all do is to reuse things that other people have bought new and then discarded.  This saves all the manufacturing and packaging resources.  Charity Shops (Thrift Stores) allow us to do all this and they also help the world go round by passing a bit of money to those who need it most.

We spent part of last Autumn and this Spring in Shrewsbury, UK .  Here in the shires of old England, Charity shopping has become a popular activity for all levels of society.  There is no stigma of being seen buying second hand – rather it has become a social trading game where everyone enjoys the mix of treasure-hunting and charitable feel-good. This discovery and these shops are a great joy to me.  I am an avid reader or rather book-buyer.  And my daughters love these shops too.  Treasure hunting (they call it “thing-finding”) is one of their favourite games –  and pocket money goes much father here than it does in any kind of toyshop.

If you ever plan to visit Shrewsbury and if you enjoy finding a bargain or just love browsing then a round of the Charity Shops in Shrewsbury is a fun way to spend the day.  Read our review here and maybe snap up a rare treat too.

The British Red Cross

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Address: 14 Mardol, Shrewsbury SY1 1PY, UK
Opening hours:  Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM

The shop is under a new manager and has a very fresh feel.  The interior is also fascinating as the the structure of the building is an 800 year old oak frame despite its 18th century exterior facade.

Best for: Variety of clothes,

Average price for books: £2 – selection is not the best

Marie Curie

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Address: 4 Mardol, Shrewsbury SY1 1PY, UK
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Best for: Clothes.  They are displayed in this shop sorted by colour. There is a smaller selection of clothes here than in other shops but they are carefully selected, and well displayed. If you see something here that you fancy snap it up immediately, the turnover of clothes is very fast. There is a small selection of kids clothes too, and always well priced.

Average price for books: between £1-2

Severn Hospice

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Address: 71 Mardol, Shrewsbury SY1 1PZ, UK
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Best for: Books – great selection of books for kids and adults

Average price for books: adults £1-49 to £1-79; kids books £0.79 to £1-29 – bargain place when comes to books

Age UK Shrewsbury

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Address:72 Mardol, Shrewsbury SY1 1PZ, UK
Opening hours: Tuesday – Saturday 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Best for: Hard to say – Clothes display is too crowded which makes it difficult to find anything.

Average price for books : £2-3, small selection and it’s hard to get to them past all the clothes.


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Address: 76 Mardol, Shrewsbury SY1 1PZ
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Best for: Books and DVDs- they always have great selection of books at good prices. The clothes display is too crowded.

Average price for books: £1-75

British Heart Foundation

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Address: 1 Mardol, Shrewsbury SY1 1PY
Opening hours: 9:30AM – 5PM

Best for:  Men’s clothes especially.  They have a bigger selection than in other charity shops,  clothes generally, books and DVDs,

Average price for books: Adult £2, Kids books £1-2


Address:  12/13 Claremont St, Shrewsbury SY1 1QG, UK
Opening hours:

Best for: Clothes, toys for children, wide selection of clothes

Average price for books: £1 to £3

Hope House

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Address23 Shoplatch, Shrewsbury SY1 1HS,
Opening hours: Monday – Saturday 9:00AM – 5:00PM

Best for:  Books are cheap here, though the selection is limited.

Average price for books:  £1-50

Shropshire Cat Rescue

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Address: 3 Roushill Bank, Shrewsbury, SY1 1PN
Opening hours: Monday – Saturday 9:30 – 5:00

Best for: Cheap books, and good display of shoes. Clothes are crowded so its hard to find anything.

Average price for books: £0-50  to £1

Cancer Research UK

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Address: 30 Castle St, Shrewsbury SY1 2BQ, UK
Opening hours:

Best for: Clothes – very well displayed by colour, easy to browse and find something special

Average price for books: £1.75 Small selection of books

Blue Cross

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Address: 5 High St, Shrewsbury SY1 1SP

Opening hours:

Best for: Clothes – well displayed by colors, easy to spot something extraordinary. If some of the clothes don’t match their selection they are often on “hot hanger” priced £1 each

Average price for books: No books in there


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Address: 44 High St, Shrewsbury SY1 1ST
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Best for: Unfortunately seems to be overpriced in comparison with the other charity shops, and since they don’t have books, I didn’t visit it often.

Average price for books: no books

Severn Hospice

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Address: 12A Wyle Cop, Shrewsbury SY1 1XB, UK
Opening hours: Monday – Saturday 9:00AM – 5:00PM

Best for: Books, Toys for children, Clothes well-displayed by colour.

Average price for books: £1-49 to £1-79

Save The Children

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Address: 70 Wyle Cop, Shrewsbury SY1 1UX, UK
Opening hours: Monday – Saturday 10:00AM – 4:00PM

Best for:  Variety of women’s clothes, all well displayed, always with nicely arranged window display, Sometimes can be rather crowded for clothes.

Average price for books: £1 to £3

Oxfam Bookshop Shrewsbury

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Address: 10 Dogpole, Shrewsbury SY1 1EN
Opening hours

Best for: books and vinyl records – great selection of books and Vinyl LPs, You can spend long time in here browsing and reading books, very nice and helpful staff

Average price for books: £3-4 which is more then average price in other charity shops but selection is much bigger

Dogs Trust

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Address:6 St Mary’s St, Shrewsbury SY1 1EB, UK
Opening hours: Monday – Saturday 9:00AM – 5:00PMP

Best for: Plus size clothes

Average price for books: no books

The Shrewsbury Ark

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Address: 14 Castle St, Shrewsbury SY1 2BB, UK
Opening hours: Monday – Saturday 9:30 – 4:30

Best for: Cheap books, Other than that the place seems rather to be in an 80’s time warp with regards to fashion and display.  I never found any clothes I liked..

Average price for books: £1

Moorlands K9 Rescue

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Address: Riverside Shopping Centre, Raven Meadows, SY1 1PB
Opening hours: Monday – Saturday 10:00 – 4:30

Best for: Great selection of cheap books  Everything else is very cheap, but also generally unattractive.

Average price for books: average price for book is £0-50 to £1

North Shrewsbury Friendly Neighbours

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Address: Riverside Shopping Center
Opening hours: Monday – Saturday 10:00 – 4:30

Best for: cheap books, unfortunately the rest of the stuff I wouldnt even want to touch,

Average price for books: average price for book is £0.5 or 3 books £1

Severn Hospice Superstore

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Address: Beacall’s Ln, Shrewsbury SY1 2HU, UK
Opening hours: 9:00AM – 5:00PM

This shop is a bit away from the town centre –  behind the station and the Dana (old prison) It is in a big building.

Best for:  Vast amount of clothes, In front of the shop you can find good quality branded clothes (Fat Face, Acrombie&Fitch, ) which are a bit more expensive, At the back an enormous selection of clothes for everyone. Big selection of kitchenware and best of all –  lots of cheap books

Average price for books: £1