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Local charity shops have teamed up to host Second-Hand Saturday for a fourth year.

Organisers want to encourage old and new supporters to come out and buy for a good cause the day after major shopping event Black Friday.

Suzanne DeCouto, the fundraising and communications manager at Bermuda Red Cross, said: “We are just trying to get people out there who have not been to a thrift shop to come and support us because we are helping our charities thrive as well.

“We've had a couple of people a couple of years running now where they've made it a fun day where they get a bunch of girls together.

“They hire a taxi and they go from thrift shop to thrift shop, making it sort of a thrift shop crawl.”

Charity shops taking part include the Bermuda Red Cross Thrift Shop, the Salvation Army Thrift Shop and the The Barn, which raises funds for the Hospitals Auxiliary of Bermuda.

Dress for Success, which supports the Centre Against Abuse, Second-Hand Rose, which supports the St George's Foundation, and Bargain Box, which raises funds for the Committee of 25, are also involved.

Ms DeCouto added: “The nicest thing is we've all gotten together as a team and have built this day together.”

The event is based on Small Business Saturday — an American shopping event held on the Saturday after US Thanksgiving during one of the busiest shopping periods of the year.

Ms DeCouto said: “This is our fourth year running. It's quite popular in the United States. We kind of threw in the charity thrift shops because there are so many of us here on the island.”

She added: “Our thrift shop only takes clothing, accessories and shoes. There are other thrift shops like The Barn that take furniture, household goods and stuff like books.

“It's items that people no longer feel they need and they are in good condition that they pass to the thrift shops so that they can resell it.

“If you've never been there, come and try. You'd be amazed at what is out there.”

Plenty of bargains: the Bermuda Red Cross Thrift Shop can be found at 9 Berry Hill Road, Paget (Photograph supplied)
Thrift shop Second-Hand Rose, which raises funds for the St George's Foundation, is located at the World Heritage Centre in St George's (Photograph supplied)
The Barn thrift shop, part of the Hospitals Auxiliary of Bermuda, is on Devon Springs Road (Photograph supplied)
Dress for Success, which raises money for the Centre Against Abuse, can be found at 14 York Street, St George's (Photograph supplied)
The Salvation Army Thrift Shop is located at 44 King Street in Hamilton (Photograph supplied)

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Published November 21, 2017 at 8:00 am (Updated November 20, 2017 at 11:09 pm)

A shopping spree that supports local causes

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