It's been an interesting morning. I travelled to the other side of London today to have a chat about a volunteer opportunity at a charity shop.
It's a new departure for me. Having spent the last 13 years at home, bringing up LB, it feels strange to venture out into the world of work again (albeit in a voluntary capacity). I don't start for another two weeks, but I'm quite looking forward to a new challenge and a new phase in my life.
Don't get me wrong, I love being at home and have managed to keep myself busy all these years with one thing and another, but LB is growing up, getting more and more independent and it is time for me to take steps to get myself a life.
The shop where I'm volunteering is a half hour train journey away, but the route is quite direct. I'll be working two mornings to begin with and we'll take it from there.
Having visited the shop this morning, it is strange to think I will be spending quite a bit of time there from now on. I've never really considered life in a charity shop save as a customer, so it will be interesting to find out more about the day to day workings and where I'll fit in.
When I walked in today, most of the other volunteers where young. I felt decidedly old. I was reassured by the manager that there are some older volunteers too.
I have to admit that I probably couldn't have worked in a charity shop a few years ago, as I would have wanted to buy things whilst I was there, but currently I hardly shop in them at all and am hoping that I won't be tempted to buy anything.
I'm deliberately only taking a minimum amount of money with me just for emergencies and to help me to avoid temptation, especially, as I'm currently trying to minimise our stuff as opposed to acquiring more.
The shop itself is on a busy London High Street, in quite an upmarket area. There are at least another 5 charity shops along the road on the walk from train station. It will be interesting just to get out of our borough for a couple of days a week and experience life in a different part of London. I'll let you know how I get on when the time comes.
Any useful tips from those of you already working in charity shops would be most welcome. All being well, I'll be joining your ranks very soon.