The Free Shop
Kate and Lol are taking a very sensible break from running the free shop (see their explanation below). We hope it’ll be up and running again in the future so get in touch if you have some ideas about how we can make that happen:
“Since starting Free Shop at Youth Anthems, we have put a lot of work into the stall, and have been at every gig, but this time we are wanting to come along to the gig itself and enjoy time with our families. Kate found the last gig rather stressful with a newborn, and Loll has a toddler who she would like to experience the gig with.
Another issue we have is with transportation/ storage of surplus donations. Kate doesn’t drive, and Loll only has a small car, neither have space to store the donations. If transport/ storage of donations is something you could help with at future gigs, please get in touch!
We are hoping to be at more Youth Anthems gigs in the future, and we will keep you updated on this. For now though, we would like to come along and dance around with our babes, eat cake and have a little breather!
We hope you understand, and this won’t be forever.. just until we can figure out a way of making it less stressful, and work better!”
The first Free Shop (run by the awesome Kate from Grotbaby) was at our May 2015 gig. This was a massive success and people very generously donated a huge amount of great Children’s and adults clothes as well as some fantastic books and toys. We now host the Free Shop at all of our gigs. We encourage people to come and drop off any clean, non-damaged clothes, books or toys and feel free to swap them for some that are already there. You don’t have to take anything away, you can just donate and you don’t have to donate you can just come and have a look and take some away. This is a totally judgement free environment.
Here’s how Kate describes it: “The Free Shop opens up the opportunity for grown-ups to talk to little ones about charity, and sharing. Maybe your little one picked up something from the Free Shop, and could be encouraged to donate toys they don’t play with anymore. It’s also a good lead into finding out what causes your kids might feel strongly about, and learning how to support those causes as a family. I want the Free Shop to promote research, learning and communication about charitable causes and direct action!”
Any items that are leftover at the end of the gig will be donated to local charities that can ensure that they arrive with people who need them. We are open to suggestions of local groups who might benefit from future donations so please get in touch with Kate if you have any questions or ideas.