A charity shop with a difference has been opened in Eastbourne’s Terminus Road.
Rotate, part if the St Wilfrid’s Hospice retail chain, is at 56 Terminus Road.
Those behind the shop say it is the town’s most innovative high-street venture and puts a new spin on selling pre-loved, vinatage and brand new goods by offering a space for the community to come and learn how to turn old and unwanted items into something to treasure.
Part-funded by the Big Lottery Fund, Rotate hopes to attract creative young minds, keen to explore new styles and possibilities in a space oozing with environmentally-friendly, ethical and creative possibilities.
At the back of the store is an interactive space, known as Rotate-Create.
It offers an array of creative workshops and arts and crafts activities where people can learn how to give their old wardrobe the shabby chic treatment, learn to sew or join a knitting group, or find out how to turn an ordinary bunch of flowers into a stunning floral display.
Most of the workshops will be free of charge.
“We are very excited about our new concept store,” said Fay Elms, head of retail for St Wilfrid’s Hospice.
“We are seeing more and more people wanting to learn how to do these crafts so they can personalise clothes, or update furniture they find in our stores. “Through Rotate-Create we will bring volunteers in who can share their expertise and pass on their skills.”
All the proceeds from the shop will go towards the running of the newly opened hospice in Broadwater Way. The store opened early last month and will be open seven days a week. The hospice also has a charity shop in Langney Road.