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CHARITY SHOP CLOTHES: Leeds second-hand survey


New research from Scope reveals the change in attitudes the people of Leeds have towards charity shops and style in its second-hand survey.

With the temporary and permanent closure of many high street retailers, there is an overall appetite to see shops open again, in particular nearly half (46 per cent) of the Leeds public are looking forward to visiting charity shops after lockdown.

The survey also found over half (57 per cent) of the people living in Leeds think charity shops will become an essential part of how we shop post lockdown and one in ten (10 per cent) are also more likely to visit a charity shop compared to before the pandemic.

Scope found various reasons for the public’s new-found desire to visit charity shops including:

  • 70 per cent said it was their way of contributing to society as charity shops support good causes
  • 51 per cent want to support charities financially as they recognise many have seen their income hit by the pandemic
  • 46 per cent feel charity shops are good value and they have less disposable income since the pandemic
  • 69 per cent feel that charity shops are a vital part of their community and they are more considerate of their community since the pandemic

Scope also found the pandemic has dramatically changed the public’s wardrobe preferences.  Brits were the envy of the fashion world before the pandemic, known globally for our unique sense of creativity, but what a difference a year has made as we’ve sent our style to the dogs in favour of comfort.

In Leeds:

  • One in three (35 per cent) now say their clothing choices have changed since the pandemic began.
  • We’re turning into a nation of legging lovers. Nearly twice as many people (16 per cent) describe their style during the pandemic as leggings, compared to before the pandemic (9 per cent)
  • Almost four three times (15 per cent) as many people are lounging in the comfort of pyjamas, as their main style during the pandemic compared to before the pandemic (4 per cent).
  • While the popularity of jeans and t-shirts has faded from 59 per cent pre pandemic to 43 per cent.

Ruth Blazye, Executive Director of Retail and Communities at Scope says:

“The past year has been an absolute disaster for the high street with many shops disappearing for good.  This is devastating for communities who are seeing well known and well loved shops boarded up.

“Our research shows that people realise the importance charity shop, like Scope, have to play in the future the high street. Not only do they help to create a buzzing environment in their community, they’re a treasure trove of hidden gems and bargains, whether you have a limited budget or not.”

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