The recession has encouraged 13% of cash-strapped Brits to turn to charity outlets to help stretch their budget.
The economic situation has also encouraged more people to become charitable, with one-in-five (21%) of the population donating more goods. According to the survey, women are more generous than men.
As well as encouraging more people through the doors of charity shops, it has increased the frequency of visits by existing charity shoppers with almost one-in-five (18%) visiting more frequently than two years ago.
Bargain hunters buy books, clothes, household items, DVDs/videos and music.