A varied range with a focus on household goods, decoration, textiles, sports and games. From next week you do not necessarily have to go to the thrift store to buy stuff. You can now also buy online and have it delivered at home.
On Tuesday 7 July, 37 thrift stores in Flanders will launch the kringshop.be webshop with part of the range from the stores. The range varies, with a focus on furniture, decoration, sports, games and textiles. “Customers can choose to send their package via bpost or to collect it from the relevant Kringwinkel,” says Yana Pulinckx of De Kringwinkel Hageland, initiator of kringshop.be.
When stores had to remain closed during the corona lockdown, more and more consumers were buying online. The thrift shops did not miss that either. In addition, the shops suffered financially from this mandatory closure.
“The Thrift Stores are retailers like other retailers. The same economic laws apply to thrift shops, ”says Ingrid De Roo, communications manager at the ViTeS Circular Shops.
The Kringwinkel Hageland had already been developing a webshop for 2 years and opened its platform to other Kringwinkel stores. In the meantime, 37 thrift shops have joined.
In addition to selling thrift items, De Kringwinkel’s objective is to create jobs for people with fewer opportunities on the labor market. For these people, a webshop also means an opportunity for a job in a new sector. “Some of our employees can’t keep up the physical work in a store or warehouse. For them, an administrative process within online sales is a great solution. Competences in online sales are very important in the regular labor market, ”De Kringwinkels says.