Breathing new life into old products and materials is something we’re all passionate about at Emmaus Mossley. With the help of local upcycling volunteers we’re now sharing ideas, developing skills and creating new pieces to sell in the Emmaus Mossley superstore.
Following on from successful upcycling workshops at Emmaus Mossley, local artist Tonie Rigby kindly agreed to run a weekly Upcycling Group. Starting in 2012, the group grew fast and now has 20 regular volunteers that come along every Friday to help create upcycled items to sell in the Emmaus Mossley Secondhand Superstore. Initially we had thought it could be a drop in group, but as the numbers increased it became clear that we had to limit the numbers.
The Upcycling Group paint and decoupage furniture, make art and craft items, and package up broken jewellery, textiles and wool to sell. The volunteers make use of old clothes, textiles, ties, records, videos, CDs broken jewellery, donated material and damaged furniture.
Companion’s look out for donated items that may be of use to the Upcycling Group and Andy in the Collectables Room saves broken jewellery for the group to use in their upcycled creations.
Members of our Upcycling Group say they would come every day if they could. Apart from having a good chat and often a good laugh, the volunteers say the fact that they are actually generating an income for Emmaus Mossley is very rewarding.
Our Upcycling Group members’ skills, confidence and the quality of their work have grown steadily and the display at Emmaus Mossley gives much inspiration to our customers. Providing this inspiration and offering for sale the pre-prepared fabrics, materials and upcycling bundles allows our supporters to give upcycling a go at home.
Due to the success of our weekly Upcycling Group we have also started a monthly Upcycling Group on the second Saturday of every month. This too is now fully subscribed and Emmaus Mossley is now looking at other opportunities to enable people to come together to develop their upcycling skills. Watch this space!