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Preston shop sells items rescued from skips

Re Use Shop in Preston recycling

4:45am 17th February 2017

Would you buy something that had been pulled out of a skip?

A Preston shop is hoping to salvage things that have been thrown away.

They've already found a wedding dress that still had its original £699 price-tag on it.

They clean the items first, and carry out any repairs before they put them on sale.

The shop is based at the Preston Household Waste Recycling Centre on Tom Benson Way.

County Councillor Marcus Johnstone, cabinet member for environment, planning, and cultural services said:

"It's great to recycle, but it's even better to reduce the amount we throw away in the first place, and to re-use things which are still of value before they become what we normally think of as waste.

"This will not only ensure less waste is sent to landfill, but provide somewhere people can pick up the everyday things they need, at prices they can afford.

"It is imperative that all our services are affordable due to the unprecedented financial challenges the council faces, and we expect this shop to become self-funding. It shows how money can be saved, and raised, by selling good quality items that we would otherwise have to pay to send to landfill.

"Facilities like this help to save both money and valuable resources whilst improving social value and supporting local communities, and I would like to thank everyone who's worked to make it possible. I'm sure this shop will be a great place for anyone to find a bargain and I'd encourage people to support it."

The shop is open from 10am to 4pm Wednesday to Sunday.

It will stock items including:

  • Soft furnishings such as armchairs; beds and mattresses; and sofas 
  • Hard furnishings such as bookcases; cabinets; chairs; chests of drawers; cupboards; tables; TV and hi-fi units; and wardrobes 
  • Bric-a-brac including books, crockery, DVDs, CDs, records, ceramics and glassware 
  • Toys and sports equipment such as bikes, golf clubs, jigsaws and board games

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