A blind date with a difference

It’s not often you get the chance of a blind date when you’re out shopping, but Bluebell Wood’s shop in Dinnington is offering just that.

Customers to the South Yorkshire children’s hospice shop in Laughton Road won’t have to worry about what to wear, witty things to say and whether or not they click with their dates however, as this is a blind date with a book.

Giving shoppers the chance to find their perfect fiction or non-fiction partner, ‘blind date with a book’ encourages customers to try books they may not otherwise read. Books on sale at the charity shop are wrapped in plain white paper, with only a short description to help customers decide whether or not this could be the one for them.

Shop manager Alison Firth said: “People really won’t be able to judge a book by its cover as the author’s name and title are under wraps and there are just a few words to help them choose each book. Their perfect paperback could be here just waiting to be found, if they come in here and take a look. Costing from 49 pence to a pound, the books, like everything bought here, will raise valuable funds to help Bluebell Wood support children and families both at the hospice and in their own homes.”

The Dinnington shop, which stocks good quality second-hand toys and clothes, as well as new items, is open from 9am until 4pm from Monday to Saturday. It’s currently looking for volunteers to help sort donations, serve customers and operate the till during opening hours. Anyone with a few spare hours each week and interested in a voluntary position should drop into the Dinnington shop for an application form.

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