SHOP THAT TEACHES PEOPLE TO UPCYCLE FURNITURE OPENS

SHOP THAT TEACHES PEOPLE TO UPCYCLE FURNITURE OPENS

A thrifty new store is showing people how to turn their tat into treasure by transforming old furniture.

The Edinburgh Remakery opened its doors this weekend, offering customers unique workshops on how to fix their dog-eared belongings.

It was founded by Remade in Edinburgh, a company already teaching people how to repair their computers and textiles in other parts of the city.

The new store, on Leith Walk, gives customers the chance to buy second-hand goods, such as computers and upcycled furniture.

Sophie Unwin, director of the new shop, said: “The Edinburgh Remakery will allow us to reach a whole new audience of people.

“We’re very excited about coming to Leith and hope there will be something for everyone in the goods and services we offer – from quality refurbished computers and furniture, workshops in lots of repair techniques, and workstation rental.

“I had the vision for the Edinburgh Remakery and our sister project – the Remakery in Brixton – in 2008. It offers city people the chance to have their computers and furniture fixed at affordable prices, and they are also taught how to fix it themselves along the way.

“We couldn’t have got to where we are now without the backing of our supporters and Edinburgh City Council, and lots of hard work from our team.

“We’re all very excited about the increased impact we can have now thanks to Scottish Government support.”

The success of Remade in Edinburgh’s community hub in Guthrie Street, along with help from Zero Waste Scotland, allowed the project to expand to a bigger and more prominent location.

Ministers have welcomed the launch.

Roseanna Cunningham, cabinet secretary for environment, climate change and land reform, said: “The Scottish Government wants repair and the sale and use of secondhand goods to be seen as an attractive, mainstream, good value option for an increasing range of goods.

“I am pleased that we are supporting the Remakery as an early action to deliver on that ambition from our recent ‘Making Things Last’ strategy.

“I congratulate Remade on the opening of the Edinburgh Remakery and wish them every success.”

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