A landmark charity shop in Tsim Sha Tsui has been granted a temporary reprieve by the government, delaying its eviction by five months. Welfare Handicrafts in Salisbury Road had been due to shut at the end of the month to make way for a tourism development, but has been allowed to stay on at its original 1956 premises until the end of December. Manager Janice Hawkins said the shop would now be able to sell Christmas cards again this year, the activity that provides most of the $1 million a year it raises for charity. But she said Welfare Handicrafts would have to close for good after the eviction unless they could find cheap premises, a search which has so far been unsuccessful. The Lands Department argues it has no obligation to find a new site for the shop, which pays a nominal rent of $10 a year, or to compensate charities that benefit from it. The shop was set up to sell goods made by mainland refugees who flooded into Hong Kong in the 1950s. Now it sells things made by people with disabilities, as well as Christmas cards and other items in aid of more than 60 charities. It also acts as an unofficial tourism information centre. Most of the staff are volunteers. The government plans to include the Welfare Handicrafts site in a planned redevelopment of the adjacent Marine Police headquarters compound. News of the planned eviction had been greeted with dismay by charities and regular customers.