Beautiful Store

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Beautiful Store
Beautifulstore
아름다운가게
Founder People's Solidarity for Participatory Democracy
Type Social Enterprise, Non-Profit Organization
Location
Area served South Korea, third world
Key people Myeunghee Hong
Slogan Dream a beautiful world through donating
Website www.beautifulstore.org
Beautiful Store, Seoul branch
Inside Beautiful Store, donated clothing shown for sale
Beautiful Store, rails of clothing offered for sale
Beautiful Store, ornaments and household goods are displayed
Beautiful Store, books and CD's shown, for sale

Beautiful Store (Korean: 아름다운가게) is a Korean nonprofit organization and charity shop. It was launched in 2002, following the model of the Oxfam shop, and now operates over 100 stores across Korea. The volunteer-run store collects donations of old or worn-out items like clothing, books, bags, kitchenware and appliances, and sells them to raise money for charity. The material for recycling is given to the social improvement movement[clarification needed] to use for its own resources. Volunteers repair the items when required.[1]

Beautiful Store also helps small businesses in developing countries by importing their products for fair prices, so that they can achieve financial self-reliance using the profit generated in this process.

Activity[edit]

Beautiful Store collects donations of old or worn-out items and then sells these donated items to raise money for charity. The material for recycling is given to the social improvement movement[clarification needed]. From the beginning, Beautiful Store has accepted donations which are used, such as clothing, books, bags, shoes, kitchenware and appliances. Beautiful Store volunteers repair the items when needed and then they are distributed to the other stores.[2]

Beautiful Store is operating flea markets in order to promote the culture of recycling, donation, and sharing.[3] Instead of charging fees for the shop, Beautiful Store collects part of the sales profits as donation.

Beautiful Store helps small businesses from developing countries by importing their products for fair prices.[4]


Apart from repairing and selling donated items, the Beautiful Store also conducts further operations. For example, they hold events such as Beautiful Saturday, Beautiful Apartment, Beautiful Sharing Schools and Beautiful Sharing Marketplaces.

History[edit]

On October 17, 2002, Beautiful Store became a nonprofit organization operating independently as a subsidiary of Beautiful Foundation. On June 9 2008, it became an independent nonprofit corporation, Foundation Beautiful Store, which is overseen by the Ministry of Government Administration and Home Affairs.

On 9 October 2002, lawyer Park Wonsun opened the company's first branch.[5][6] The following year on January 18, the Samseongyo store opened near Hansung Univ Station, consisting solely of volunteers except for the secretary (manager) of the operation. The following year a brown bamboo pencil case donated by President Roh, before becoming president, was auctioned and raised 100 million won. Roh and his wife also donated pottery to the store.[7]

On 18 April 2003 the Dongnimmun branch was opened, the third branch of Beautiful Store.[8] The Ttukseom flea market, which is held by Seoul Metropolitan Government and run by Beautiful Store, was opened on 27 March 2004, around the Han River. It allows people who wish to sell items in small quantities do so, with the donation of an item from said individual's home.[9] Sellers are also required to give 10% of profits back to the company.[10]


References[edit]

  1. ^ "Beautiful Store`s do". Beautiful Store. Retrieved 24 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "Beautiful Store`s do". Beautiful Store. Retrieved 24 June 2013. 
  3. ^ "[capital area]Flea market". Dong A daily. 2004-03-27. Retrieved 21 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "'Beautiful trade' for Developing countries". HanGook Ilbo. Retrieved 21 April 2013. 
  5. ^ "'Beautiful Store' Opening the 1st store lawyer Park Wonsun". Munhwa Ilbo. 9 October 2002. Retrieved 2002-10-09. 
  6. ^ "Recycle Store 'Beautiful Store'". Gukmin ilbo. 9 October 2002. Retrieved 2002-10-09. 
  7. ^ "The S.Korean President Roh's pencil case was auctioned off for 100 million won". Hanguk gyungjae. 2 February 2003. Retrieved 2003-02-02. 
  8. ^ "For the internationalization 'Beautiful Store'". The Hankyoreh. Retrieved 21 April 2013. 
  9. ^ "[capital area]Flea market". Dong A daily. 2004-03-27. Retrieved 21 April 2013. 
  10. ^ http://www.flea1004.com/Eng

Further reading[edit]

  • The future of revived, Thinking garden, 2013, ISBN 6000605919  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help).

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