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The Oxfam Festival Shop 2013 Round Up

Posted by Helen Archard Online Fashion Content Intern

19th Sep 2013

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Now Summer is officially over and we're wrapped up in our scarves and coats, we're taking a bit of time to reflect on the fantastic Summer the Oxfam Festival Shop had.

After a grand total of…

8 festivals

97 volunteers

56 days away

10 festival shops

31 days trading

… the shop team have raised a whopping £288,000 for Oxfam!

The journey began at Royal Windsor Horse Show - in the Queen's garden we sold a Mulberry bag for £225, our highest priced item all season!

Across the pond the team set off to Isle of Wight Festival. Over half the team were brand new to the festival shop at IOW so don't be afraid to try something new, you will meet lots of lovely volunteers.

Next stop, returning after a year break, Glastonbury was back with a bang. This festival saw the birth of the Pom Pom Palace, a shop dedicated to blankets hand knitted by volunteers and all three shops made a record breaking £22,500 in one day.

Latitude was the hottest festival of the season, luckily the volunteer team had a sneaky paddling pool out the back to keep cool!

WOMAD and Kendal Calling fell on the same weekend with an equally spectacular shop at each. WOMAD had a fashion show put on everyday featuring the shop and campaigns team strutting their stuff in Oxfam Festival Shop clothes. 

It was only our second year at Kendal Calling and we saw lots of faces happy to see our waterproofs when it rained like only it can in the Lake District.

Next stop was a very rainy Leeds festival - the muddiest festival of the season! The shop sold 2,700 pairs of wellies and was up 78% on the previous year takings £66k - so busy!

The last stop on the Festival Shop travels was Bestival where scurvy sailors and magical mermaids stocked up on lots of suits and sparkle in line with the festival's nautical theme. The festival shop looking ship shape to fit in with the HMS theme with volunteer-made bunting and 'mermaid wear'

Team fash has been lucky to join the fantastic shop on its Summer expeditions and it was great to be welcomed into such a fun and friendly team. Here's what three of our shop volunteer's had to say about their Summer with the Oxfam Festival Shop…

Louise Adamson is a Shop Volunteer in Oxfam Richmond, Surrey and said:

"This summer was the first time that I worked in the Festival Shop for Oxfam and I was really excited to be picked to work at WOMAD and Bestival. Working in the Festival Shop was a really enjoyable and inspiring experience.  It was great to be part of such a lovely team and to know how much money we were raising to support Oxfam's work.   Highlights included taking part in the fashion show at WOMAD, sorting numerous wellingtons into pairs and finding warm coats and jumpers for festival goers who'd been out in the rain at Bestival.  I also enjoyed chatting to customers about Oxfam's work and encouraging them to visit their local Oxfam when they got home. As I spoke to them I realised that these Festival Shops have a really valuable role in raising Oxfam's profile.  Soaking up the atmosphere of the two festivals was great fun too and I even got to see some of the acts.  I'll be taking back lots of ideas from my Festival summer to the shop and the other volunteers at Oxfam Richmond.   All in all, this was a great experience and the most inspiring thing of all was to know that the Shops raised such a fantastic amount of money for Oxfam."

Padraig Spillane is also a Shop Volunteer at Oxfam Blandford, Dorset. He said:

"Working in the Festival Shop this summer had been a great experience, fun and satisfying! At the beginning of the year I was new to my Oxfam shop in Blandford, learning a large amount in a short space of time. The festival shop expanded and sped this up, using the skills I have despite not having vast experience. This trust has been priceless and has allowed me to gain great working experience. In addition to this, it was wonderful how easy it was to become a part of the team. It has also provided a unique way of meeting and changing customer perceptions of Oxfam through engaging with such diverse customer base. It has been the best summer I've ever had and I've loved all its ups and downs from the sunshine at Latitude and Glastonbury to the mud and rain at Leeds!"

Matt Evans from Leeds is a Festival Shop team regular and said:

"2013 was my seventh season volunteering with the Oxfam festival shop - it is increasingly difficult to imagine a summer without it. As always, volunteering in the festival shop was characterised by a combination of hard work, fun, mud and coffee - with the overarching theme of raising money and awareness for Oxfam present throughout. It is always good to meet new people and it is especially encouraging to meet people in local Oxfam shops who have become regular customers or volunteers after going to the festival shop. "

Huge thanks and high fives to everyone involved in this Summer's events and to all who visited the fabulous Oxfam Festival Shop. Huge CONGRATULATIONS to the Oxfam Festival Shop team for a great grand total of £288,000!

Blog post written by Helen Archard

Online Fashion Content Intern

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