Jacqui King, an avid supporter of Animal Aid, writes about the recent opening of the new charity shop.

Lover of second-hand sales, auctions, car boots, jumble sales and charity shops that I am (obsessed even), nobody was happier than I was to be standing on a pavement in Günlükbaşı on this bright sunny morning.

Alongside several other Animal Aid supporters I was waiting for the long overdue moment when Animal Aid Fethiye finally had the Grand Opening of their new charity shop. For years the members of this charity have held street sales of donated items to raise money to enable them to continue with the excellent work they do here.

For years these people have kept all of these items in between the sales, in their private homes. Now that they have opened their shop, some of the usable space in their homes must have increased threefold.

Balloons going up ready for the opening

I don’t know if anyone slept on the street outside last night in anticipation of the doors opening (I may have if I had given the idea a thought), but when the doors finally opened it was like the first day of Harrods sale. Within seconds the shop was heaving with people clutching armfuls of items they wanted to purchase.

People gathering and waiting patiently for opening time on a hot sunny day

The shop was large, well laid out and had clothes (men’s and women’s), shoes and boots, belts, books, Cd’s, Dvd’s, bric a brac, jewellery, cards, postcards, pictures, household items – throws, blankets, pillows, cushions and some electrical bits and pieces including two television sets. I understand that they also hope to sell furniture items, although due to space they will be stored elsewhere.

As one would expect I did not come home empty handed. Our current garden project is building an outdoor sofa and I found three matching white throws, ready to put on it when it is finished. I also bought 6 books and three Cd’s. Very happy!

Easy to Find

I sincerely hope that people will continue to visit the shop which is open five days a week 10.30 to 3.30 (not Tuesdays or Sundays).

It is very well situated in Günlükbaşı, just a few yards down a side street opposite Bim supermarket, and on the Günlükbaşı – Çalış to Fethiye dolmuş route – just get off at Bim.

If you are coming on holiday here pop in to buy your holiday books 3 for 1 TL (32 pence) rather than using your weight allowance lugging them here. When you go home and your suitcase is heaving with all the goodies you have bought then donate some of the clothes you don’t need to this worthy cause. You know that dress you bought months ago because it was perfect for your holiday, then when you put it on here it was not as perfect as you thought, give it to help save an animals life.

The work that Animal Aid Fethiye do here to alleviate the suffering and neglect of animals is amazing. So many people give up so much of their time to help the animals, and the shop will be entirely run by volunteers, but they need funds to continue this wonderful work, so please help them if you can. You can take donations to the shop of items or money, and they can always use blankets and animal food too. Together we can all make a difference.