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Sidewalk Shop Creates A Retail Experience Out Of Salvation Army Donations

Set up your very own street-worthy charity shop in a matter of minutes.

Ross Brooks
Ross Brooks on January 15, 2014. @greenidealism

The Street Store is the world’s first pop-up charity shop that uses nothing but posters to offer homeless people a complete shopping experience. Founded by Max Pazak and Kayli Vee Levitan from M&C Saatchi Abel, the store gives impoverished people a chance to browse through the available items, get some help from a street assistant, and even have everything wrapped up before they leave.

It’s extremely easy to start a Street Store, you just have to hang the clothes you want to donate through a gap in the printed poster, or deposit your old footwear into some specially designed flat boxes. After working through the idea with The Haven, the pair realized that homelessness and poverty isn’t a problem confined only to Cape Town in South Africa.

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That’s why the concept for the store is now completely open-source, in the hope that other places around the world will adopt a more dignified approach to charity. If you’re interested in starting your own premises-free charity shop, all you have to do to get involved is download the artwork and files from the Street Store website, get approval from the city council, and set up shop.

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Ross is a freelance writer who specializes in topics about the environment, architecture, art, design and creative tech. He is passionate about making a difference with his writing, whether that’s to encourage social change, promote a great idea, or just share a little bit of beauty with the world. You can also find his work on Inhabitat and Techly.com.au.

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