Saving, recycling and decluttering in one stop
6:30pm Tuesday 29th October 2013 in News
AN UNUSUAL store where no money changes hands has proved a popular resource to reduce waste and promote recycling in Swindon.
Free Shop, a community initiative launched by Jon Timbrell and Rachel Rance in April at the Savernake Street Social Hall in Old Town, is based on a simple concept.
Customers are invited to hand in unwanted clothes, books, DVDs and other knick-knacks, exchange them or just pick up new ones at the pop-up shop, open on the first Saturday every month.
The aim is to promote reusing, reducing waste and recycling in a friendly community environment.
Since its creation about 100 people have used the Free Shop each month.
Caroline Davies-Khan, a member of the Eastcott Community Organisation, a group of volunteers seeking to take over management of the hall, said: “The aim was to increase recycling and reuse, while providing an opportunity for people in the community to connect and come together, and save money by supporting each other with things we no longer need.
“It’s a really fun event because every time you come there’s something different. There is a quick turnover of items so its interesting to see what’s new.”
The shop is open from 11am to 1pm on Saturday.
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