The SHARE Thrift shop is open Thursdays 11am - 1pm and Saturdays 11am - 1pm.
SHARE/Daliburgh Thrift Shop plays an important role in the local community today. This is in no small measure due to the vision of Rev James Lawson, the Church of Scotland minister in South Uist at the end of the 1990s. He wanted to explore ways to extend the use of the former mission hall in Daliburgh for the good of the community. After much discussion and a feasibility study, a thrift shop and tearoom was set up on the premises as a trial project. The Church Hall committee continued to seek ways to take the venture further.
In June 2005, the thrift shop was constituted as SHARE, the acronym for ‘Sharing Helping And Reaching Everyone’. It was important that SHARE was run ‘for the community by the community’. On 8th June 2005, SHARE was granted charitable status. Over the years, the hall had fallen into disrepair and in early 2006, applications for funding were submitted. Thankfully these were successful and by June, work commenced on restoring the building into the attractive and welcoming place it is today. On 15th March 2007 Reverend Lawson dedicated the building and the SHARE/Daliburgh Thrift shop reopened and it has continued to grow and thrive over the years.
At any one time, a group of around 25 volunteers and helpers have been running the Thrift shop successfully for the last twelve years. We are open on Thursdays and Saturdays between 11am and 1 pm. The hall has proved to be not just a thrift shop but also a popular social hub for members of the community and holiday makers who can come together to enjoy chatting over teas and coffees and home baking.
Over the years, the community has generously donated goods. Customers can find high quality clothing, household goods, bric a brac and books and much more. This also has the added advantage that goods are recycled rather than being merely thrown out and consigned to landfill.
All the proceeds from the sale of teas and goods go towards both the running costs and maintenance of the hall and to local charities and good causes. In the last twelve years, over sixty groups including the Church of Scotland have benefited from donations from SHARE totalling over £58,000.
Everyone is invited to join us at the SHARE/Daliburgh Thrift Shop.