Our Charity Shops

We’re very lucky to have two Charity Shops, run by volunteers, ensuring all money raised can be spent on supporting adults with learning disabilities.

The Acorn Charity Shop, Manningtree

The Acorn Charity Shop
47 High Street
Manningtree
Essex
CO11 1AH
Tel: 01206 394124

Opening Times:
Monday to Friday: 10am to 4.00pm Saturday: 10am to 2.30pm

The Acorn Charity Shop

The Onsite Charity Shop

The Onsite Charity Shop 
Acorn Village – Next to the Coffee Shop
Clacton Road
Mistley
Essex
CO11 2NJ
Tel: 01206 394124

Opening times: Monday to Friday 11am to 3pm

Our shop in Manningtree ‘The Acorn Charity Shop’ is divided into Books, Records, CD’s & DVD’s one side and clothes and general items the other. These change on a weekly and sometimes daily depending on what comes in. The friendly volunteers can help advise on what items are available and also keep an eye out for a specific item you may be after.

Once used as a carriage storage area many years ago, the onsite shop has a similar layout with half books & half general items. As well as our volunteers you will find our residents and tenants in the shop learning finance and retail skills. 

We’re always looking for more volunteers.
Find out more details of our volunteering opportunities

Donate Your Unwanted Items

Our shops and online sales depend on the generosity of others. Through kind donations our volunteers can stock the shops, sell items online and pass suitable items to the Creative Craft Centre or houses to use. This then ensures money can be used to help support adults with learning disabilities to reach their full potential.

We really appreciate the items you kindly donate to us, unfortunately due to disposal costs, we can’t accept items that are broken or damaged.

All items must adhere to the UK Safety Standards, please check soft toys for the safety standard CE label https://www.gov.uk/guidance/ce-marking

Unwanted Presents or New Items – We use these for Raffles, Tombolas and to sell on stalls at our events. They save the charity a lot of money and we can’t thank you enough for gifting these.

Donate your items by bringing them directly to the Acorn Village Reception in Mistley Hall or if it’s a weekend to The Acorn Charity Shop in the High Street.

If you would like to discuss specific items for donation, please email Su*******@ac***********.com.

What can’t I donate?

When donating an item it is worth considering… ‘Can this item be sold & does it adhere to UK safety standards?’ If the answer is yes then chances are it can be donated space permitted.

For clothing that is past its best we use a textile company who pay by the kilo. If you have items like this, please label the bag as such and you can still help make those vital funds this way.

Thank you for Supporting Adults with Learning Disabilities by donating your unwanted items.

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