Bargain hunters formed huge queues outside Hugh Ripley Hall in eager anticipation of Save the Children’s annual Nearly New sale in Ripon.
The popular sale opened its doors on Wednesday as shoppers flocked to get their retail fix in aid of a good cause.
“The queue was definitely bigger this year than last year,” said Jill Warwick, publicity officer for Ripon’s Save the Children branch.
“Hopefully we’ll continue this momentum for the rest of the week.”
The sale – which raised around £9,000 of charity funds last year – runs until noon on Saturday, February 23, when there will be a bin liner day. Visitors are encouraged to put items in a bin liner provided and pay on their way out.
Save the Children’s regional fundraiser for the north of England, Sarah Broscombe, told the Gazette: “It’s gone really, really well so far.
“We have had a rush of wonderful Ripon people.”
The hall also opened its doors until 7pm yesterday (Thursday) for late-night shoppers, and today (Friday) was half-price day.
Eighty to 100 volunteers help out at the sale, which sells bric-a-brac, toys, women’s fashion, menswear, children’s clothes, books, tools and household goods. There is also the very popular Credit Crunch Café at the sale, where shoppers can treat themselves to freshly-brewed tea and coffee, delicious home-made cakes, bacon sandwiches and jacket potatoes.
Ms Broscombe said the café was “smashing sales” on its first morning of trading.
Money raised at the four-day event will go towards the charity’s projects, including their No Child Born to Die campaign.
“It’s an absolutely core campaign,” said Ms Broscombe.
Theproject hopes to stop children from going hungry across the world by helping to ensure all babies are breastfed for their first six months, which it is estimated would save more than 1.3 million children’s lives every year.
The campaign is also calling for fortifying food with vitamins and minerals to prevent millions of children from life-threatening diseases. Giving children vitamin A would help save more than half-a-million lives every year.