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We have 4 nice charity shops in a center of the city and work every day from 12 to 9 p.m.

See where we are:

Metro station
Zvenigorodskaya,
Gorohovaya Street, 50/79 (at the corner of Gorohovaya Street and Fontanka River)
Metro station
Ploshad Vosstaniya,
Kovensky Lane, 23
Metro station
Chkalovaskaya,
Chkalovsky prospect, 5
Metro station
Vasileostrovskaya,
8 lane, 55

Check all addresses in Russian here.

What is “charity shop”?

A “charity shop” is an effective way to recycle clothing and other items and to raise funds for good purposes. Although this concept is quite new to Russia, for the past 70 years charity shops have been successfully working in the United Kingdom, United States, Australia and elsewhere. Today, in the United Kingdom alone there are about 9,000 charity shops raising funds for homeless children, cancer patients, abandoned animals and others.

How do we work

We believe that it is time to take action in Russia too! “Spasibo!” is first “charity shop” in a hole Russia, founded by a group of young activists in May 2010. At this moment we have 4 charity shops, sorting center, point of free distribution of clothes to the needing people and more than 20 containers in Saint-Petersburg.

Charity shop “Spasibo!” is last 4 years engaged in reception of unwanted items to use it with advantage: about 90% of things are distributed to local charity organizations and to those in need. 10% of the items you bring us are sold in 4 charity shops. The excess proceeds that remain after we pay all operating expenses are transferred to several charitable organizations we support.

Thanks to our success and fast growth, we have been able to dedicate our resources to, among other things, helping other charity shops similar to our own open their doors elsewhere in the country. When we first started, as the first charity shop in Russia, we had no established role models whose success we could emulate. So, we aimed to be that role model. Today, after five years and a lot of hard work, we are proud to say that there are more than 20 charity shops similar to our own and using the organizational plan we pioneered across Russia and other former Soviet republics.

Our container for clothing donations program

More and more people want to donate clothes considering social and ecological reasons. “Spasibo!” is working to satisfy this demand, installing and serving nice and modern containers for donated clothing, shoes, bags and books. We plan to supply all shopping centers with such containers to provide this service to citizens, supporting an idea of a sustainable development. From spring 2014 “Spasibo!” containers are working in such shopping centers as “Gallery”, “Rumba”, “Piterland”, “Monpasie” and many others. Check out our point and choose the most convenient for you:

E-mail: spasiboshop@gmail.com
Yulia Titova, Project Coordinator
+ 7 911 748-71-37

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What is “a charity shop”?

A “charity shop” is an effective way to recycle clothing and other items and to raise funds for good purposes. Although this concept is quite new to Russia, for the past 70 years charity shops have been successfully working in the United Kingdom, United States, Australia, and elsewhere. Today, in the United Kingdom alone there are about 9,000 charity shops raising funds for homeless children, cancer patients, abandoned animals and others. We believe that it is time to take action in Russia too!

Why are you doing this?

We want to develop charity shops in Russia because we believe that they are the best way to recycle used items while serving broader purposes. Furthermore, we think that, with a bit of hard work, in the near future, charity shops will be able to donate large amounts of money to great causes.

Who are you?

We are a community of active people who are delighted to do interesting and useful things. A lot of what goes on at Spasibo! is organized by volunteers.

How does the shop work?

3 days a week regular persons can bring into our collecting center things that he or she doesn’t need any longer, whether clothes, books, or otherwise. After the items we receive are sorted, about 90% are donated to people in need, free of charge, and about 10% are sold in our stores. All profit we make goes to organizations in St. Petersburg.

What about salaries and other operating expenses?

We are proud to have built a self-financing system. After selling the items you donate to us, first, we pay our expenses, including salaries, rent, etc, and, second, we send all the remaining funds to charity. This kind of system is called “social entrepreneurship”. As social entrepreneurs, our goal is to grow bigger so we can have the largest possible impact.

Are charity shops needed in Russia?

During the first two years of its existence, Spasibo! has grown bigger than we ever imagined. Now, we are constantly looking for new ways to develop and to increase our efficiency. In today’s Russia, there are many social and environmental problems desperately needing attention. The aim of our charity shop is to play a role in solving these problems. That’s why Spasibo! is engaged in a variety of community projects. We’re developing our own, unique charity shop concept.

Where did the idea of starting a charity shop in Russia come from?

We started by asking ourselves, what do people in Russia do with their unnecessary and unwanted belongings? We found out that approximately 90% of a person’s unwanted items goes to the trash because of the absence of a well-functioning recycling system in Russia. So, we decided to create one! We want to give unnecessary and unwanted items a new chance in someone else’s home.