Oxfam shops

May 10, 2013

May A powerful impact when you buy a Born Again refurbished computer

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2013

We don’t just use digital technology to talk about what we’re doing – it’s part of how we’re doing things in our projects around the world.

From providing cash transfers in emergencies like the Haiti earthquake to the innovative Pink Phones Project in Cambodia which gives women farmers the latest farming information using mobile phones, technology enhances our work and empowers people living in poverty to build a brighter future.

Now we’re using technology to raise vital funds for initiatives like these with the introduction of our new Born Again range of refurbished computers.

Available online and in selected Oxfam shops, prices start at just €120/£99 for a desktop and €180/£150 for a laptop.

Clockwise from top: Yoshi Nolan (17) bought her Born Again laptop in our Tullamore shop. She uses it to surf the internet, type up notes and save her photos. James Flynn/APX. Mobile phone technology has allowed women like Vansy, who lives in a rural community in Cambodia, to access the latest farming information such as weather patterns and crop prices. Oxfam’s Pink Phones Project has transformed women’s lives by enabling them to buy bigger plots of land, sell more vegetables and build a sustainable livelihood. Simon Rawles/Oxfam Cathy Hackett (5), Ella Sharkey (5) and Chloe Sharkey (8) demonstrate how we give computers a new lease of life. Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland. 

Excellent quality, great value, environmentally friendly and helping to end poverty – these are pretty amazing computers!

Sourced from companies who are changing over to new hardware, each one has been lovingly restored, tested and supplied with a fresh operating system and applications, plus comes with a 6-month warranty. 

To make it easier to pick your perfect computer, the range is divided into three specs/usage categories, including student-friendly Surfer, family-orientated Plus and the powerful Pro which is ideal for small businesses. 

Yoshi Nolan, a student from Tullamore, Co. Offaly, recently bought a computer from her local Oxfam shop. “I am absolutely delighted with my new computer,” she says. “It’s great to get a good laptop at a reasonable price and it’s also nice to know that the money is going somewhere good.” 

May 2, 2013

May Before and after: The ultimate upcycle!

2
2013
Our Oxfam Home stores are a treasure trove of vintage furniture. Most pieces fly out the door, but others stay a little longer as they wait for a customer who can see past first appearances. 
 
With a little imagination and a bit of elbow grease, you can transform furniture that has seen better days into a one-of-a-kind piece by upcycling.
 
Not only will you have helped the planet by recycling, you’ll also be helping to fund Oxfam Ireland’s vital work with communities around the world.
 
 
Above: The Little Museum of Dublin on St. Stephen’s Green was packed full of would-be upcyclers to hear tips from Neville Knott (top-centre) and other experts. Photos: Paul Sherwood.
 
We recently teamed up with Crown Paints and House and Home magazine to showcase just what can be done! 
 
The creative geniuses at Galerie Lisette, Quirkistuff and Upside Design worked their magic on furniture from Oxfam Home shops and unveiled the results at the recent Ultimate Upcycle event in Dublin hosted by TV presenter and interior guru Neville Knott. 
 
For more about the event plus tips from the designers, click here. A big thanks to everyone involved!
 

BEFORE

 

AFTER

 
Left to right: Once a computer desk, mum and daughter team Aida and Lucina Lennon at Galerie Lisette have turned this into a pretty dressing table. Husband and wife Les and Sue Corbett of Quirkistuff have given this tired cabinet a vibrant yellow and purple makeover complete with tassle. Upside Design’s Al Birbeck and Nawel Kouadri found the name of a previous owner inside this wardrobe, a young girl. This inspired the feminine look, complete with collage-style wallpaper.Photos: Paul Sherwood.
 
These stunning pieces are now on sale – Galerie Lisette’s floral-inspired  computer desk turned  dressing table (€195 - pictured left) and Upside Design’s gorgeous girlie wardrobe (€695 - pictured right) are at Oxfam Home, Francis Street, Dublin 2 (01-478 0777), while QuirkiStuff’s vibrant cabinet (€245 - pictured centre) can be yours by dropping into Oxfam Home on King’s Inn Street, Dublin 1 (01-874 8175).
 
The proceeds will help to change lives around the world, such as our emergency response for refugees fleeing Syria.
 
And if you’re feeling inspired, we’d love to help you pick out a piece of furniture for your upcycling project at our Oxfam Home shops (we’re also on the Dublin Road in Belfast). Drop in and get creative!
Apr 26, 2013

Apr Have peace of mind at our donation locations

26
2013

Q: What’s big, green and likes eating clothes and books?

A: Our 243 donation banks!

You’ll spot their funny slogans like “Put a sock in it. (And other clothes too)” or “I need romance. (And other books too)?".

But they do serious work, providing crucial stock for your local Oxfam shop and turning your unwanted items into life-changing funds for our work around the world. 

This week's excellent RTÉ Prime Time programme highlighted how some clothing donation banks are being targeted by criminal gangs. 

We want to let you know that we have no evidence whatsoever to suggest that our banks are being broken into. 

In fact, we identified this risk a few years and began replacing our existing banks with an extremely secure design.

Top: Your donations are in safe hands with Oxfam. Bottom: Two little girls peeking from their tent which they share with three other families in the Bekaa Valley of Lebanon.  Their mother, Zaniah Ishmail fled from the violence in Syria and brought her children here to keep them safe. "We have been here 4 months. There were two very heavy clashes between the Free Syrian Army and the Regime and we were worried that we wouldn’t have another chance to get out of our village again so we escaped.” Photo: Simon Rawles / Oxfam.

Because we know the effort you go to in order to gather clothes and books and bring them to our banks, we conduct regular and rigorous checks to ensure you can have peace of mind that your donations will go where they’re intended – the local Oxfam shop.

Your generous donations are collected by our team of uniformed drivers and branded vehicles who bring them directly to our nearest shop.

This supports our vital work, from helping refugees fleeing Syria to long-term development projects and campaigning that gives a voice to people affected by poverty and injustice.

We really need the things you don’t. Please support our Make Space for Oxfam campaign and bring unwanted clothes and books to our donation banks and shops.

Dec 19, 2012

Dec Stunning necklace just one of many gems at your local Oxfam shop

19
2012

Every one of our Oxfam Ireland shops is a treasure trove of vintage, pre-loved and sometimes brand new items and our branch on Dublin’s South King Street has a very special piece of jewellery on sale now.

The stunning 18k yellow and white gold necklace with heart pendant by Chimento was donated to the shop by a very generous Oxfam supporter.

Valued at €2,500, (and on sale for a much better price) the funds this item will raise will make a huge difference to the lives of people affected by poverty. Call Barbara or Jackie on (01) 671 0308 now before it's snapped up!

If you’ve fallen for this beautiful piece, or know someone who would love it this Christmas, the necklace is available to view by appointment only at our South King Street shop. Call today on (01) 671 0308 to view the piece.

Our shops really need the things you don’t. If you’d like to Make Space for Oxfam, drop into your local Oxfam shop (we’d love to see you!) or go to your local Oxfam donation bank.

Each bag of items you donate raises an average of €30. This could help do the following:

  • Feed a child orphaned by AIDS in Malawi for three and a half months
  • Provide tools for a community to maintain their wells and secure a permanent supply of clean, safe drinking water, or,
  • Supply food for a family caught up in an emergency food crisis for two weeks

We welcome donations of clothing, accessories, homewares and other items all year round.

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