Leeds tip charity shop success

Angela Grafton (left) chats to Katie Sowrey over the counter at the store. PIC: Simon Hulme
Angela Grafton (left) chats to Katie Sowrey over the counter at the store. PIC: Simon Hulme
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When you visit your local tip you expect to leave empty-handed.

But that will not be the case for many of the residents using the refurbished East Leeds household waste recycling site in Seacroft.

Not at least since the opening of an on-site charity shop that not only takes donations but sells them on to raise key funds.

Revive Leeds, which is run by three Leeds charities, opened its doors just over a week ago.

Good quality furniture, clothes, shoes, books, DVDs and crockery are all on sale.

The shop even accepts electricals that will be tested before being sold on, and there are plans afoot to sell second-hand bicycles.

The idea is to make it easier for people to recycle, and furnish their homes for much less than they would when shopping on the high street.

And with a flurry of donations having arrived in the last few days there are bound to be some hidden treasures.

The YEP “top spot” was a newly-donated Singer sewing machine - as yet, not priced.

Chris Evans, Revive Leeds’ manager who has been involved in charity work for the last 30 years, said: “Unfortunately we are a throw away society.

“We buy cheap and throw away what we grow bored of. An increasing number of people are growing a conscience and buying things that they can use for years.

“We have people coming in and buying furniture because it’s solid wood and great quality rather than flat pack and not made to last.”

While Mr Evans can promise good quality items, safe electricals and a whole new experience, what he cannot pledge is that you will leave with less than you arrived with. Revive Leeds was set up by Emmaus, SLATE and St Vincent de Paul.

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