There are more than seventy Furniture Projects across Scotland that can be excellent places to pick up good quality and good value second-hand goods.
But one project in Paisley goes the extra mile to make sure its furniture is in excellent shape by running a training scheme which teaches young people to repair, refurbish and refresh donated items.
Lifeskills, which is part of the Renfrewshire based organisation RAMH – recovery across mental health, will be giving members of the public a rare chance to look behind the scenes at the charity – and to pick up a spruced up bargain.
Senior Lifeskills worker Jim Neill says: “Up until now we have never been open to the public. We are holding a two day sale as an experiment to see how it goes.”
Lifeskills is holding its first ever public furniture sale to celebrate Choose to Reuse Week, set up by the Community Resources Network Scotland to promote projects which recycle goods.
Mr Neill said the two day sale was a great opportunity for members of the public to see what goes on behind the scenes at the project, which currently helps around 500 people furnish their homes with good quality donated furniture.
Profits from the sale will go to support the running of the project. And if the event is a success it may become a regular event.
He said: “Everything is in good condition and we have amassed a lot of older furniture from the fifties, sixties and seventies which is coming back into vogue.
“We are going to have a special section for vintage, retro and collectible items which might appeal to people who want something a bit different.”
The 10,000 square foot furniture showroom at Wellmeadow Street, Paisley will be open from 10am to 4.30am on Wednesday 26 November and Thursday 27 November.
Mr Neill said: “We have built up quite a lot of stock so there is a lot to choose from.
We decided to open up as a trial and see how it goes. We are offering thirty per cent off all the furniture on display.”
Members of the public visiting the furniture sale will be able to pick up wardrobes from around £30 – £50 and sofas from around £40 – £100. All of the furniture has been donated has been fully cleaned and repaired.
Lifeskills is a member of Community Resource Network Scotland which supports organisations which promote reuse, repair and recycling and encourage people to donate used goods.
Although there has been an increase in the number of furniture recycling schemes in Scotland it is estimated around a tenth of all waste which goes to local authority dumps consists of furniture. Finding ways to repair, restore and reuse old furniture is one of the most effective ways of reducing landfill.
Chief Executive of the Community Resource Network Scotland Mary McLuskey said: “Choose to Reuse Week is about trying to get people to think about things that they could donate that could be put to better use.”