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Shop selling pre-loved items up and running thanks to cash boost from Stoke-on-Trent City Council

Lydia Palmer and Councillor Lorraine Beardmore
Lydia Palmer and Councillor Lorraine Beardmore
Published: Wednesday, 7th December 2022

Shop selling pre-loved items up and running thanks to cash boost from Stoke-on-Trent City Council.

Shoppers can grab everything from bargains to designer labels at a new store which has opened in Stoke-on-Trent.

Rehoboth opened in Queen Street, Burslem, earlier this year selling donated items at affordable prices such as second-hand clothes, footwear, upcycled furniture and other pre-loved items.

Now, with £11,120 from Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s Community Investment Fund, Rehoboth has launched a community space inside the store where members of the public can chat, build friendships and take part in creative activities.

The cash has also helped to fund some of the shop fittings and security equipment.

Councillor Lorraine Beardmore, cabinet member for culture, leisure and public health, said: “Rehoboth is a fantastic community project. The volunteers work really hard to make it accessible to the entire community and attract more people into Burslem.

“Facilities such as the one Rehoboth has opened in Queen Street are absolutely vital as we head into winter and tackle the cost of living crisis together and I am delighted that we have been able to provide support through the Community Investment Fund.”

Lydia Palmer, project manager and chair of Rehoboth, added: “The aim of the Rehoboth project is to help build a stronger and healthier community. We started off selling second-hand clothing when we opened in May; good quality clothing and some designer labels as well.

“Then we opened our furniture section where we have volunteers on-site upcycling furniture and giving it a new lease of life.

“We sell everything at really reasonable prices because we want to make sure everybody in the community can shop in our store. Items start from about 50 pence.

“The money we received from the Community Investment Fund has helped us take three shops that have been void for 10 years and bring life back to a very empty town. We are delighted that we have been able to expand our community project.”