The Opportunity Box was set up in 2013 as a ‘pop-up’ shop on St. John’s street Coleford for one week to raise funds for the Centre.
One week turned into two years due to the overwhelming popularity of the shop, so in January 2015, due to the shop continuing to bring in much needed funds for the Centre, we took the decision to take out a three-year lease to secure the premises until 2018.
In January 2018 we moved into new premises on Bank Street in Coleford, giving us a much brighter and airier shop that was also on one level and easier for those with limited mobility and wheelchairs.
The shop sells a wide range of items including babies, children’s, men’s and lady’s clothes, as well as bric-a-brac, small items of furniture, household items such as curtains and bedding and a wide range of children’s toys and equipment.
The shop also runs a Loyalty Scheme whereby for every £5.00 you spend you receive a stamp – once you have 10 stamps you can use them to have £5.00 worth of goods from the shop.
We are very lucky that we have a loyal and ever- growing number of people who give regular donations to the shop, we really do appreciate everyone’s support, please keep them coming!
Storage space is limited within the shop which means we do not have room to keep a large amount of spare stock. Due to this we hold regular ‘Black Bag’ sales, which means you are given a black bag which you fill with items in the shop and you only pay£5.00. These are usually held at the end of the Summer and Winter season to make room for the new season’s items. We have become well known for these sales. They are well advertised ahead of time in the local newspaper and on the shop’s Facebook page.
We have a group of volunteers who give their time to help in the shop and we are extremely grateful for their support. If you would like to find out more about volunteering in the shop either pop in and speak to one of our shop managers, Tracy or Michelle, or phone them on 01594 810587.
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View a sample of our stock here