A MARKET Rasen charity shop closed its doors for the final time last week - after 38 years of trading in the town.
The Oxfam shop had been at its current site on the corner of Queen Street and Union Street since August 3, 1990.
And the last customer on its final day was Loraine Goulsbra, who was also the shop’s first customer 22 years ago.
“I feel very sad the shop is closing and I expect everyone does,” said Mrs Goulsbra.
“They have provided a good service to the town over the years - what other affordable clothes shop do we have?
“I have been shopping at Oxfam since the days where everything was piled up on tables and you just had a good rummage - yes it is a very sad day.”
Oxfam has been in the town for the past 38 years - originally in one of the Market Place cottages, then moving to King Street, Queen Street, where Forget Me Not florist now is, and finally to its current position.
And one person who has seen many changes over the years is Sue Bacon, who has been a volunteer at Oxfam for 33 years.
“When I started with Oxfam the whole thing had a nice family feel, run by a committee, but now it has got away from its grass roots and it all feels more impersonal.
“It has given me great pleasure over the years and I like to think the shop has been a help to families here, with its affordable items, as much as the charity is abroad.”
Pamela Clarkson has also been with the charity for more than 30 years, serving the last six of these as shop manager.
She too is saddened by the closure.
“We have had a good body of regulars at the shop and a loyal core of volunteers - you tend to find when you join Oxfam, you don’t leave it easily,” she said.
“Thanks go to everyone who has donated items over the years and supported us in any way.”
On the last day of trading, certificates and plants - supplied by Mill Farm Nuresry at Middle Rasen - were given to the volunteers, with the longest serving also receiving a gold or silver badge.
The decision was made to close the Market Rasen branch as its lease was up for renewal.
The nearest Oxfam shops are at Brigg, Louth and Lincoln.