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Cabot Circus week – 17th to 21st February 2011

Good Homes Wanted for Second Hand Treasures

Can you offer a good home to a beautiful antique wardrobe? Are you the rightful new owners of a carefully crafted chest of drawers? Do you have an empty space in your house that is crying out for a corner cabinet?

Emmaus Bristol is a Community of previously homeless and unemployed people who work to support themselves and others by collecting refurbishing and selling donated household goods. All the furniture, bikes, clothes and bric-a-brac that they sell in their shops in Barton Manor and Bedminster Parade raise money to keep the Community going.

The charity is running a special event to showcase their work at The Start Living Centre, Level 3, Glass Walk, Cabot Circus. From the 17th to 21st February the public will be able to buy a selection of the high quality furniture that have been donated to the charity and to purchase examples of refurbished items that have been brought back to life by the residents.

One such resident George explains his involvement in the project:

“People donate some amazing items for us to sell. Before I came to Emmaus I was homeless and now I have the satisfaction of knowing that if I work hard I’m working hard for the good of not just myself, but the whole of the Emmaus Community. I also enjoy rescuing things that might otherwise be chucked away and go to landfill. The other day someone donated a bashed up old table and it felt great being able to transform it to its former glory and sell it to someone who really liked it.”

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