Pandemic means sale wouldn't be feasible as crowds flock to shop
An iconic charity shop sale has been cancelled for the first time in 17 years due to the pandemic.
Shelter Scotland’s store in Stockbridge has hosted a legendary designer sale, which is an annual highlight for bargain hunters.
This will be the first time in 17 years that the sale has not gone ahead in January but the charity say social distancing means that the event wouldn’t work.
Each year has the seen the store attract queues with a special selection of designer brands, as well as antiques and collectables that have continued to bring shoppers flocking in search of a big brand bargain.
Last year's the shop sold items from top designers a knock-down prices, including Liberty, Mulberry and Jimmy Choo.
But you can still get your hands on items, with charity urging people to help them make up for the lost income by shopping safely in store or online.
Ailene Young, head of retail for Shelter Scotland, said: “Our Stockbridge launch has taken on legendary status over the years. It’s an exciting day for the community as well as being an important source of income for the charity.
"Outside of tier four areas our shops are still open, with extra hygiene and social distancing measures in place, and there are still gems available for those in search of something special.
“We’ve also got a selection of gorgeous Christmas cards and our ‘emergency’ chocolate bars which taste delicious and help Shelter Scotland fight homelessness.
“It’s never been more important that people don’t face homelessness alone. We’re asking people to keeping supporting us by shopping safely in store or online or by making a donation so that we can bring hope to people at a difficult time."