The Island Castaways charity shops on the Isle of Mull offer a fantastic range of clothing and accessories for all ages, with many one off and special finds. We have a large selection of books, dvd's and music for you to browse through, perhaps you will find a hidden gem? You can find a large range of household goods, with treasures to be found in our selection of bric a brac and collectables. We have a selection of furniture available in our Craignure yard and a small selection in Bunessan. We also sell PAT tested electrical items including TV's, DVD players and stereos.
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Craignure Shop 01680 812908
Bunessan Shop 01681 700032
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We accept - clean rags, clothing - ladies, men’s and children’s, shoes- in good condition, accessories - bags, belts, hats, scarves, jewellery, household - bedding, curtains, towels, rugs, complete children's games and jigsaws, clean soft toys, baby baths, stair gates, fireguards, mobile phones, ink cartridges, spectacles, collectable items and good quality home ware such as crockery, glassware and cookware, books, cd's, dvd's, electrical goods in working order and furniture.
Our shops cold not run without the help we receive from volunteers both in the shops and behind the scenes. If you would like to get involved on a regular or occasional basis, please contact the shop manager, Hazel Cowe on 01680 812908 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. As well as helping out in the sorting shed and on the till, the volunteers all enjoy the social side of life in the shops. Some of our helpers have volunteered with us for over 10 years! We are very grateful for their support of Island Castaways.
We accept clean furniture in good condition with a fire redardant label, including beds, bed frames, mattresses, headrests, divans, sofas, chairs, tables, wardobes, cabinets and desks etc. Our furniture is sold in a polytunnel just up the road from the island castaways shop in Craignure, please pay in the shop. We can also offer furniture collections, please contact Hazel to arrange.
To promote our new gift aid system in Island Castaways we are giving out exclusive 'reuse ,recycle Island Castaways' jute bags. Any UK taxpayer who donates goods for sale in Island Castaways can sign up as a gift aid doner, this means we are able to claim an 25% extra from HMRC on your donated goods that we sell.
To sign up and get a bag, call into Island Castaways Bunessan or Craignure with your donations. If you have already signed up , bring along your donor card and get a new credit card style donor card and bag.
We can provide a regular collection service for cans and plastic bottles, which compliments what the Council already provide for glass and paper and cardboard.
We offer the service on either a weekly or fortnightly basis and collection frequency can be reduced during the winter months as necessary. A 240 litre wheelie bin is provided by MESS, one each for plastics and cans. The only cost to your business is the price for collection of each bin as required.
Benefits to your business include –
reducing the amount of your waste being landfilled
improving the green credentials of your business
supporting a local social enterprise.
The Mull and Iona Eco-Charter scheme has been set up byMulland Iona Chamber of Commerce and the MESS project to recognise local businesses which adopt and pursue ecological approaches to their activities. To view the Eco-Charter certificate click here
If you recycle your cardboard, cans and bottles, use low energy light bulbs, compost your food and kitchen waste and use recycled products, then your already well on the way to being able to sign up to Eco-Charter. The cost of the subscription is £12 per annum, and is used to cover the cost of the administration of the scheme, any surplus supports the work of the MESS project.
Twice a year, a share of the profits of Island Castaways are gifted to community groups on Mull and Iona. If your community group or organisation would like to receive a grant of up to £500, download, fill out and return a completed application form to us. Our new application form lets you tell us how your group promotes recycling, which is an important part of the work we do at Island Castaways. For more information, please contact Hazel Cowe on 01680812902 or
MESS (Mull and Iona Environmentally Sensitive Solutions) is a community initiative that provides local solutions to the waste and environmental issues that affect our communities, and brings economic as well as environmental benefits to Mull and Iona.
Since the first MESS shop opened in Bunessan in June 2003, they have gone from strength to strength. The project now runs three charity shops, aptly named Island Castaways, in Bunessan, Craignure and Tobermory during the summer season.
Craignure opening times
Monday - Saturday 09:00 - 16:45
NOW OPEN MOST SUNDAYS FROM APRIL 2017
Bunessan opening times
Monday - Saturday 10:30 - 16:30 (subject to availability of volunteers)
Tobermory opening times
Monday - Friday 11:00 - 16:00 (subject to availability of volunteers)
Mess’s Island Castaway shop in Craignure is the first re-use business in Mull and Iona to achieve accreditation for the new Revolve re-use quality standard offered by Zero Waste Scotland. The community based organisation, which actively promotes the re-use of quality goods at competitive prices, has been working towards Revolve accreditation to gain national recognition for their customer focused organisation and urge more people to consider buying used goods.
Revolve, Scotland’s national re-use quality standard, aims to increase re-use by improving professionalism, customer experience and visibility of re-use organisations. A Zero Waste Scotland report reveals that over 70% believe that buying re-used goods offers good value and is often cheaper than buying new and Mess’s Island Castaway shop Revolve accreditation will help to give shoppers confidence.
Buying from a Revolve accredited organisation means:
A commitment to quality – so you get great products, good value and excellent customer service
Expert reconditioned products – from people who know that second hand doesn’t mean second best
Safety tested products – you can buy with confidence knowing that products conform to modern safety standards
Regular training and quality audits – to make sure the organisation continues to meet the Revolve standards
You’ll be doing the right thing – Revolve accredited organisations care about environmental issues and social impacts of mass manufacture