Of course, it was the books that drew me in. Second-hand bookshops are a treasure trove. There is something so special about books that have come down over the years – passing through many loving hands, cherished and remembered, opening vistas of possibility, hope, and emotional release, stimulating the imagination, as well as introducing one to the famous, the infamous, and the ordinary people of the years that have passed. From classic to contemporary, science fiction to romance, historical to mystery, poetry and prose, fiction and non-fiction, they were all there – and far more of them than I would have imagined.
Hospice is a very special organisation with the philosophy: ‘You matter until the very last moment of your life.’ They focus on people with a terminal illness and aim, through palliative care, to help them make the most of life. There are so many people and families who have cause to bless them for their love and care. One of the ways in which they raise money to support the sick is through their charity shops. There is a large group of such shops in Orange Grove, Johannesburg, which include:
- Bric a Brac and Bargain shop – wonderful for finding jewellery, homeware and collectables or the one lid you need for your casserole dish, etc.
- Children’s shop – stocking good quality clothes, toys, prams cots, everything you need from birth to 15 years old.
- Boutique style shop – excellent quality clothes.
- Furniture shop – diverse items.
- Linen shop - various types of linen.
After tearing myself away from the books I investigated the Bargain Shop and thought to myself "Isn’t it amazing how one can want to buy something just because it is unusual or because it brings back memories?" There were a lot of small things that might ‘just come in useful’ one day. The Bric a Brac Shop was fascinating, full of small ornaments, tableware and different collectables. If you are short of a knitting needle, the chances are that they will have one too. The clothing looked in good condition, and there was a wide selection of ladies and children’s outfits.
It was an absorbing place in which to browse, and to look for something a bit different. What will keep me going back, however, are the books and the collectables.
Even if there is nothing there that you wish to purchase, you can support the Hospice Association, and their wonderful work by ‘de-cluttering’ your home and your life. They would love to have the things that you no longer need, but which someone else would enjoy
Check out their Facebook Page for all the info.