Charity Shops Were ‘Tough’ says Shaftesbury Window Contest Winner

The Shaftesbury Chamber of Commerce ‘Odd One Out’ window display competition has been won by Lisa Mullins.

The Chamber encouraged town centre traders to decorate their windows on a carnival theme to celebrate Shaftesbury Carnival. Businesses were asked to display an item that would not normally be found for sale inside their store. The Chamber offered a £50 prize to the person who spotted the greatest number of deliberate mistakes.

“You spotted all 55 shops and got 53 of the odd-one-out items correct, which was streets ahead of most other people,” said David Perry, Chamber Chairman, as he presented Lisa with a £50 voucher to spend in the store of her choice. Lisa decided to redeem her voucher in Box Of Allsorts.

Lisa said that obtaining the right answers required a large amount of work. “It took most of the afternoon and I went back the next morning. I did it with my friend Lisa Oram in the afternoon and with my son Joshua Ball in the morning.”

Lisa Mullins (left) receives her prize from David Perry with Box of Allsorts owners Mark and Sharon Horsman

Lisa’s effort paid off. “I’ve never done it before. It’s the first year that I went into the competition,” she added. Lisa said it was most difficult identifying the odd one out in the windows of the charity shops. “It was tough working out what was meant to be there,” she said. Lisa will split the £50 prize with her friend and her son.

It’s fitting that Lisa should win a contest designed to celebrate carnival. Lisa lives in a carnival-mad home! Her husband Rich is co-chair and Lisa is involved in a carnival club that will tour the Somerset circuit over the next few weeks. “It’s not over yet,” she smiled. When she has a moment, she’ll have time to work out how to spend her prize.