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The 'Harrods' of charity shops

PUBLISHED: 15:35 18 November 2009 | UPDATED: 10:11 12 August 2010

MANAGER: Claire Herriot.

MANAGER: Claire Herriot.

DUBBED the Harrods of Chislehurst a charity shop has seen profits double after a volunteer was taken on as a manager. Claire Herriot

DUBBED 'the Harrods of Chislehurst' a charity shop has seen profits double after a volunteer was taken on as a manager.

Claire Herriot, started managing 2gether in Chislehurst High Street three years ago and this year the mum-of-two can boast doubling profits, from when she began as a volunteer five years ago. Many residents donate designer handbags and designer labels, such as Prada, Max Mara and Ralph Lauren.

Items which Mrs Herriot knows will fetch a healthy profit go to the store's online shop on eBay. There, a Lewis Leathers jacket sold for £900, a banjo for £75 and old book for £180.

All the profits from the shop go to the Chislehurst Youth for Christ based at the Edgebury Estate, whose aim is to improve the lives of local young people through support, mentoring and having fun. A recent addition to the shop includes a coffee area which Mrs Herriot says offers a 'lifeline' to some regulars.

The former deputy manager for a nursery, said: "The shop smells nice. I change the windows

regularly."

* On November 26 the shop will be hosting a Glitz and Glamour" event from 4 until 6pm. Staff will put on display all the party clothing as well as Christmas gifts.

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