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Aspandem charity shop re-opens its doors after refit

Fashion items on the rails in the new-look store.
Fashion items on the rails in the new-look store. / FB / @BARATILLOBENEFICO
  • The Baratillo Benéfico in San Pedro de Alcántara re-opened last week following months of Covid-19 restrictions and a major refurbishment project, made possible by a supporter's generous bequest

The Baratillo Benéfico in San Pedro de Alcántara, better known locally as the Aspandem charity shop, re-opened last week following months of Covid-19 restrictions and a major refurbishment project, made possible by a supporter's generous bequest.

Interior designer and TV make-over personality John Amabile created the shop's new design, colour scheme and shopfitting layout, while design agency Branding Boutique produced a new logo, signage and internal branding.

The 60-minute Makeover presenter was introduced to the charity shop on one of his visits to San Pedro and was delighted to assist when he heard about their project.

"It has been wonderful collaborating with the volunteers - creating a clean, modern space for them and their customers," said John. "We have worked with the guidelines required by Covid-19, allowing extra space to browse between the displays."

Located on Calle Marqués de Estella, the shop sells casual fashion pieces, books, bric-a-brac and household items, raising money for several different causes.

The Baratillo was initially conceived in 1984 to help build a day centre for children with both mental and physical disabilities. The shop continues to fund Aspandem projects today, as well as other charities and projects in Malaga province, including: Fundación Tutelar, Age Concern, La Ciudad de los Niños, Alzheimer's Marbella, Fundación Cesare Scariolo, Las Hermanitas de los Pobres in Ronda and local animal rescue centres.