Of the many gifts that the city of Oxford has blessed the world with, Oxfam is perhaps the most significant. Oxfam is a charity founded here in 1942 to provide famine relief. Today, the charity has embraced several global causes and strives to make the world a better place. One of their fund-raising initiatives is the setting up of thrift stores which have been hugely successful world over.
The very first Oxfam Store
Oxfam set up their very first Oxfam Shop on Broad Street in Oxford. This pioneering thrift store was founded in 1947 by Cecil Jackson-Cole. It was managed by Joe Mitty who propagated the revolutionary idea of getting people to donate their unused goods and selling them to raise funds for the charitable projects of Oxfam.
Do take the time to visit the Oxfam store. You will not only find something that speaks to your heart but walk away knowing that your purchase is going to help make life better for someone elsewhere in the world.