The Bargain Box, a community fundraising shop, opened its doors in July 2017. The shop is shared among various Westray-based groups, rent-free, who use the shop as a means of fundraising through the sale of second-hand items donated by the community as well as regular bake sales and raffles. In its first year the Bargain Box raised just short of £19,000 for the community.
The groups currently using the Bargain Box include;
- Aak Club
- Community Archaeology Westray
- Church of Scotland Youth Group
- Friends of Kalisgarth Care Centre
- Friends of the Westray Playpark
- Friends of Westray Surgery
- Go Westray
- Höfn Youth
- Seniour Citizens Dinner Group
- Westray Community Association
- Westray Community Cinema
- Westray Drama Club
- Westray Football Club
- Westray Golf Club
- Westray Heritage Centre
- Westray Netball Club
- Westray Nursery
- Westray Playgroup
- Westray Sailing Club
- Westray Sports Club
- Westray Tourist Association
- Westray Youth Club
Use of the Bargain Box rotates on a weekly basis and is open on a Wednesday and Saturday 10 am – 4 pm. Donations can be dropped off on Monday evenings.
At the end of each week, 50% of the Bargain Box’s total income goes directly to the group using the shop that week. 45% is then put away in a shared pot which is equally shared between the groups at the end of each rota period. This is to ensure that shopper fluctuations are accounted for so group incomes are more equally balanced. The remaining 5% is put aside by WDT for any repairs that the shop may need.
The Bargain Box fundraising shop can be found can be found behind the WDT offices and the Höfn on Quarry Road in Pierowall.
If you would like to be added to the Bargain Box rota please contact Ann Burgher. Only Westray-based groups which directly benefit Westray are eligible, groups which fundraise for off-island causes or charities are not eligible.
Current Bargain Box Rota
Due to COVID-19 the Bargain Box is appointment only. The usual rota has been paused an all funds raised will be shared equally between the groups.