Clearing out after Christmas? Donate don’t dump. Lawrence Roullier White finds out where to go with what, and discovers that you might come home with something special too.

pam lawrence

St Christopher’s Hospice Shop, 59 Lordship Lane SE22, is run by the wonderful Pam Lawrence. Pam’s keen eye ensures that once she knows your taste any objet you might like will be gleefully pointed out. The St Christopher’s Hospice Shop further up the Lane is fantastic for large furniture, perfect projects for the urban upcycler.

traid peckham

Traid on Rye Lane, SE15, is more than worth a trip just to wonder at the spectacular windows, high fashion styling meets 20th century club kids’ couture.


Maria Silva, Area Manager of ALD Life which has 5 local shops, says style savvy South Londoners are snapping up old LPS and framing the covers as artwork.

red cross forest hill

Drop off clothes at The British Red Cross Shop on London Road, SE23, and the money raised will help the charity’s work with refugees amongst other causes.

sue ryder

Lisa Flanagan, Manager of The Sue Ryder Shop on London Road, SE23, and Carly Stevens have a reputation for fabulous vintage finds like these rare retro radios.


Mind Shop on Grove Vale, SE22, has an interesting selection of travel books. Buy a book at random and then decide whether to go or not.

Gokcen Erdin

Enterprising Gokcen Erdin, Manager of the Oxfam Shop on Half Moon Lane, SE24, is establishing the shop as a destination for rare vinyl.


Almost opposite, Gavin Monaghan, Manager of the Oxfam Book Shop, has created the perfect oasis in which to while away a few weekend hours.


Marta Gross de Bethencourt, Manager of Mary’s Living & Giving Shop on Lordship Lane SE22, prides herself on the store’s selection of fashionable women’s wear.

gemma juma link age

Gemma Juma, Director of Link Age Southwark, says if it is time that you have then you could consider spending some providing volunteer support for some of the area’s older people.

Lawrence Roullier White writes the shopping page for all issues of SE Magazines.  @RoullierWhite

This feature first appeared in the January 2016 issues of SE21, SE22 and SE23 magazine.