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The Best Guide to Charity Shopping in Edinburgh

Edinburgh Charity Shop

As well as helping a brilliant cause, there’s also something very gratifying about shopping in charity shops. Combing through the racks of clothing, to no avail, then suddenly coming across the perfect cashmere jumper and snapping it up for a fraction of its original price tag. Well, if you enjoy charity shopping or fancy testing the waters to see if it’s for you – you’ll be glad to hear that Edinburgh has an abundance of excellent charity shops! To help you navigate through the city’s many charity shops, we’ve created an Edinburgh Charity Shop Guide to the best areas for charity shopping and we’ve even included a few of our favourite shops in those areas.

1. Stockbridge

A firm favourite among many seasoned charity shoppers is Stockbridge – which is located north of the city centre and easily accessible on foot or by bus. Stockbridge has more than a dozen charity shops – the majority of them located on Raeburn Place – not to mention, various delightful independent cafes and shops dotted along its high street. Another great thing about the Stockbridge charity shops is the quality of the donations they receive as they are located in an affluent postcode.

A Few of Our Favourites

  • Shelter – A treasure trove of everything from vinyl records to lovely coats!
  • Chest, Heart & Stroke Scotland – The interior is reminiscent of a quirky vintage shop.
  • British Red Cross – The rear of the shop is dedicated to an impressive selection of secondhand wedding dresses.

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2. Morningside & Bruntsfield

About a mile south-west of the city centre lies Brunstfield. Admittedly, Bruntsfield doesn’t have very many charity shops, but, it’s well worth a wander through as they have several excellent eateries and plenty independent shops. As you continue through Bruntsfield, you’ll eventually stumble upon its neighbour, Morningside. Like Stockbridge, Morningside has a plethora of excellent charity shops with quality stock.

A Few of Our Favourites

  • Salvation Army (Bruntsfield) – Well laid out and plenty of interesting finds.
  • Chest, Heart & Stroke Scotland (Morningside) – Like it’s Stockbridge branch, it is evident a lot of thought and care has gone into designing a lovely interior and pleasant browsing experience.
  • Cancer Research UK (Morningside)

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Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland (Morningside), Photo Credit: Local Life Community & Lifestyle Magazine

3. Nicholson Street & the Old Town

Nicholson Street is located near to the University of Edinburgh and as a result, the whole area has a bustling atmosphere. Furthermore, the area is inundated in a variety of good coffee shops providing the perfect place to take a break from trawling through the charity shops – and you’ll definitely need a break as the Newington area has the highest concentration of charity shops in the city. If you’ve perused all the charity shops on Nicholson Street and are looking for more – don’t fret – head to Forrest Road, where you’ll find a couple more!

A Few of Our Favourites

  • Shelter (Nicholson Street & Forrest Road) – Both are quirky and well worth a visit!
  • Oxfam (Nicholson Street) – As well as clothing and bric-a-brac, Oxfam has an impressive selection of Fairtrade goods – we’d recommend trying Divine Chocolate!
  • British Heart Foundation (Nicholson Street)

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