Derwen College’s on-site charity shop: The Vintage Advantage offers shoppers pre-loved bargains.
The charity shop also provides work experience to our students who have special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).
The Vintage Advantage, our new charity shop on-site in Gobowen, sells a range of quality second-hand clothing, accessories, homeware and books.
Students on the College’s Retail and Enterprise pathway have supported staff in sorting, pricing and displaying goods, and are looking forward to practising their sales and marketing skills with customers.
Staff and students have spent months preparing stock and filling up the shelves. Head of Curriculum Zoe Wood said the college decided to do something after the pandemic had prevented students getting any off-site work placements since March 2020:
Being able to practise their vocational learning in a relevant, real-life work setting can be life-changing for our young people.
“Our students work experience channels have been closed due to the Covid-19 lockdowns. So we thought outside the box and created our own shop.”
After receiving £24,000 from the Steve Morgan Foundation the college converted a spare classroom into a shop.
The Vintage Advantage opened its door in April 2021 and has already been winning rave reviews.
ITV recently featured the charity shop on it’s Central News programme.
Zoe Wood added: “The opening of The Vintage Advantage means that our retail and enterprise students can finally practise their customer service skills in a real shop setting.
“Over the past months, anticipation has been building as students have been busy sorting and displaying items to sell in the shop. Nothing compares to the excitement of meeting, greeting and serving real-life customers.”
Shop manager Sharon Jones said:
“We’ve been overwhelmed by visitors’ support for The Vintage Advantage. Customers are particularly enjoying browsing and buying our stylish selection of clothing and accessories, homeware and books. We’ve received compliments on how well-displayed, bright and spacious the shop is. Many shoppers seem to be turning their visit into a trip out by also visiting our Garden Centre and Gift Shop, and enjoying a takeaway from the Walled Garden Cafe.”
Open every day: 9am to 4pm Monday to Saturday, and 10am to 4pm Sunday.
Please use the map below to find us. The entrance is located on Twmpath Lane in Gobowen, near Oswestry.
Derwen College is located in Gobowen, near Oswestry, and is a vocational college for young adults aged 16-24. Students attend college to learn work skills and independent living skills in an environment that is bespoke to their needs.
The Vintage Advantage is part of a unique on-site retail area. Derwen College’s retail outlets are open to the public, where students learn, train and gain work skills.