Boutique charity shop opens in Leigh

Southend Standard: John Williams, John Hughes, Reece Lewis and Chris Saunders John Williams, John Hughes, Reece Lewis and Chris Saunders

A CHARITY shop selling high-quality “shabby chic” furniture will make a huge difference to people’s lives in Leigh.

The Restore Shop, at 32 the Broadway, is promising something a little different for shoppers, while also raising cash for the Storehouse project in Southend.

John Williams, manager at the Storehouse, based in Warrior Square, Southend, said: “We aren’t considering it a charity shop, it’s more of an ethical craft shop.

“We are going to fit in on the Broadway, selling really good furniture that has been restored in our workshop.

“By the time it is all finished it will be really lovely and we’ll be on the same level as some of the boutique stores in the area.”

The new shop marks the Storehouse’s first venture in to the retail world.

The charity, run by the Vineyard Church, has provided a heavily used foodbank in Coleman Street, in Southend town centre for many years. It is busier than ever – and relying less on donations.

Alongside the work on the furniture, the same industrial unit is used to operate its work on the Essential Living Fund – a service it is contracted to provide by Southend Council, another means of helping people and generating income.

The fund helps people who have fallen on exceptionally hard times and the charity puts together packs of food, toiletries and other essentials to be handed out.

But the extra sources of income are sorely needed as the charity finds itself busier and busier.

Mr Williams added: “We’re giving out more than 600 bags of food a week and it is still increasing. People are coming to us more regularly.”

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6:39pm Fri 6 Dec 13

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

Love the term Shabby-chic, allows for worn out furniture, to be painted in pastel colours, then put back into use, good luck, in this venture.
Love the term Shabby-chic, allows for worn out furniture, to be painted in pastel colours, then put back into use, good luck, in this venture. Nowthatsworthknowing

6:47pm Fri 6 Dec 13

DogsMessInLeigh says...

Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
Love the term Shabby-chic, allows for worn out furniture, to be painted in pastel colours, then put back into use, good luck, in this venture.
...but with a BIG price tag..in leigh anyway, hopefully this group will be cheaper than the other shops to bring in the cash, think its in the old Travel agents near HSBC, could be wrong mind.
[quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: Love the term Shabby-chic, allows for worn out furniture, to be painted in pastel colours, then put back into use, good luck, in this venture.[/p][/quote]...but with a BIG price tag..in leigh anyway, hopefully this group will be cheaper than the other shops to bring in the cash, think its in the old Travel agents near HSBC, could be wrong mind. DogsMessInLeigh

2:54pm Sat 7 Dec 13

the citizen says...

If the arty-chavs of Leigh give their wonga over to Restore for nicely re-cycled furniture then that's a good thing for Storehouse. Should do well - hope it does.
If the arty-chavs of Leigh give their wonga over to Restore for nicely re-cycled furniture then that's a good thing for Storehouse. Should do well - hope it does. the citizen

5:38pm Sat 7 Dec 13

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

DogsMessInLeigh wrote:
Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
Love the term Shabby-chic, allows for worn out furniture, to be painted in pastel colours, then put back into use, good luck, in this venture.
...but with a BIG price tag..in leigh anyway, hopefully this group will be cheaper than the other shops to bring in the cash, think its in the old Travel agents near HSBC, could be wrong mind.
If the items are beyond your pocket, try argos
[quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: Love the term Shabby-chic, allows for worn out furniture, to be painted in pastel colours, then put back into use, good luck, in this venture.[/p][/quote]...but with a BIG price tag..in leigh anyway, hopefully this group will be cheaper than the other shops to bring in the cash, think its in the old Travel agents near HSBC, could be wrong mind.[/p][/quote]If the items are beyond your pocket, try argos Nowthatsworthknowing

1:24pm Sun 8 Dec 13

DogsMessInLeigh says...

Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
DogsMessInLeigh wrote:
Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
Love the term Shabby-chic, allows for worn out furniture, to be painted in pastel colours, then put back into use, good luck, in this venture.
...but with a BIG price tag..in leigh anyway, hopefully this group will be cheaper than the other shops to bring in the cash, think its in the old Travel agents near HSBC, could be wrong mind.
If the items are beyond your pocket, try argos
But do they do Shabby Chic..and Have you got the opening times to hand..?
[quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: Love the term Shabby-chic, allows for worn out furniture, to be painted in pastel colours, then put back into use, good luck, in this venture.[/p][/quote]...but with a BIG price tag..in leigh anyway, hopefully this group will be cheaper than the other shops to bring in the cash, think its in the old Travel agents near HSBC, could be wrong mind.[/p][/quote]If the items are beyond your pocket, try argos[/p][/quote]But do they do Shabby Chic..and Have you got the opening times to hand..? DogsMessInLeigh

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