A snapshot of Oxfam's Christmas shop windows
Kelly OConnor Digital and Events Marketing Coordinator
21st Dec 2012
Written by Victoria Wallis, social media intern for Oxfam Trading
This Christmas season, we asked Oxfam shops all over the country to send pictures of their festive windows. We've been overwhelmed by the spectacular displays that they've sent in and to hear how much effort all the volunteers have made.
Here are some of the best windows from Oxfam shops.
Above is a display created by Oxfam Gillingham. Shop manager Magali Landmann, said: "The first window was inspired by the artist Charlotte Mann, recreated by one of my talented volunteers using unsold or damaged goods. The second window is a display we used to promote party dresses. We used leftover beads and baubles to add a sparkly party feel to the shop."
Below we have two champion shops who have won prizes for their fantastic window displays.
Oxfam Chippenham (left) won 'Best Christmas Shop Window' in a competition judged by the Mayor of Chippenham Councillor Andy Phillips. Oxfam Cardigan (right) won 'Best Shop Window' from their Mayor after shop volunteer, Ena, put together a team of helpers to make sure they won the award! Well done!
Oxfam Oadby (above left) created a dislay to promote Oxfam Unwrapped. Shop manager Susan Stock, said "This is the unwrapped window we have done here at Oadby. The hamper raffle is a great way of raising money for unwrapped; we have done it for the last three years. We have been selling tickets for the last three weeks and have already exceeded our target of £200; we have £320 to date!" To the right is the shop window of Oxfam Southport, whose team have put together Oxfam Unwrapped gifts with Oxfam's ethical collection.
Below on the left, is Oxfam Mill Hill's window sent in my shop manager Debbie Wright and the Oxfam Books and Music shop in Nottingham sent in a picture of their festive tree.
Oxfam Colchester (above left) and Oxfam Petergate (above right) have both used their creativity with shop items to create fantastic displays. Oxfam Colchester have used Christmas cards on a mannequin to make a lovely Christmas angel and Oxfam Petergate have used books from the shop to make a Christmas tree! Also notice the wonderful decoration made out of sheet music!
Below in Cardiff (left), the shop window was put together by fashion and design students from Swansea College. They made the clothing and accessories out of unsaleable stock. The dolls have generated a lot of interest already, not sure if they are creepy or cute but they look very 'nightmare before Christmas'! To the right you can see that Oxfam Egham really got into the Christmas mood when they turned their sorting room into a Santa's grotto!
Oxfam Eastleigh (below left) took part in a window-dressing competition which was part of the town's Christmas lights switch on. They told us: "We chose a Victorian theme and included books and homewares as part of our display. We even dressed up!"
Oxfam Shirley (below right) get top marks for effort as their volunteers dressed up and stood out on the streets in fancy dress to promote Oxfam Unwrapped!
And finally we can see Oxfam Rustington (below left) and Oxfam Whitworth (below right). The festive window from Oxfam Rustington was put together by shop manager, Sophie Swain, and volunteers. She said: "We are very blessed to have in our shop some fantastic knitters and crochiers. These women are highly creative and are busy working throughout the year for Oxfam at Christmas."
Meanwhile in Whitworth, volunteer, Olivia, promoted Oxfam Unwrapped gifts outside while dressed as Santa Clause.
To see a full range of pictures from our shops around the country, be sure to check out the photo album on the Oxfam Shops Facebook page: www.facebook.com/oxfamshops