15:01 Friday 21 December 2012

Donation plea for unwanted household items

Written byBY ROB SMYTH

A CHARITY shop in South Derbyshire is cashing in on people scouring for a bargain as a result of the current economic climate.

YMCA Happy Homes, in High Street, Swadlincote, is a furniture reuse charity which specialises in taking unwanted household items and giving them a new lease of life.

Amanda Jackson is the retail manager and has been with the charity for six years.

She said: “We need good quality, working items. The more people donate to us, the more we can sell and the easier it will be to keep going.”

All the items that Happy Homes receive as donations are resold onto the public, whether this is families on low incomes, students or just savvy shoppers out for a good deal.

People are being urged to look around the house during the festive period to see if they have anything they might like to donate to the good cause.

It takes everything from sofas and dining room tables to beds, Welsh dressers, decorative knick-knacks, electrical items and books.

The team are desperate for donations of more large, working electrical goods such as fridges, freezers and washing machines.

Volunteers carry out electrical PAT testing to make sure all items are safe to sell on and they also refurbish and repair items which are donated and may need some TLC.

Miss Jackson added: “Even people who do not have any DIY experience sometimes do things by mistake that are actually beautiful! “Shabby chic is in vogue at the minute and our volunteers can wave their magic paintbrushes and turn a shabby item into a really chic one.”

Free collection is offered for bulky items within a 10 mile radius of the shop and delivery of items that have been bought can be offered for a small fee.

More information is available by calling 01283 220202 or visiting the shop at 29 High Street, Swadlincote.

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