Furnishing the Irish cottage has been a great adventure. Aside from the singular and notable trip to Ireland’s only IKEA store located in Dublin, most of the furnishings, right down to the dishes, have come from second hand stores.
But in Ireland they are not second hand stores or thrift shops. They are charity shops and they are named for the charity they benefit. In most cases there is no other name over the door. It’s all about the charities. It’s all about charity.
It’s not about thrift or value and my ability to get a good deal. It’s not about me.
It’s not about the second hand or gently used items sold in the shops because it’s not about the stuff. It’s about supporting an important organization and cause.
Cultural perspectives and values are expressed in so many ways, some obvious and some more subtle. In this case the Irish value of supporting everyone in the community is all in the name. In the name of charity.
Judith – email@example.com