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A preloved Christmas<br />

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but it<br />

can also be the most wasteful. As luck would<br />

have it, The ReUsers have a more eco-friendly<br />

way for you to shop this Christmas as well as<br />

accepting donations in the aftermath, when you<br />

inevitably find you’ve been gifted two of the<br />

same thing or need to make space for the kids’<br />

new toys.<br />

Conveniently sited on the same road as Sutton<br />

Coldfield Household Recycling Centre, The<br />

ReUsers save around 250 tonnes of ‘waste’<br />

from landfill every year by rescuing, restoring<br />

and recycling secondhand items, in partnership<br />

with Birmingham City Council and Veolia<br />

Environmental Services.<br />

Their huge Christmas shop was officially opened<br />

by the Mayor of Sutton Coldfield, Councillor<br />

Terry Wood, on November 8. They have<br />

thousands of new and preloved Christmas items<br />

for you to browse, from wreaths, ornaments,<br />

tinsel, trees and vintage baubles, to Santa hats,<br />

Christmas jumpers, CDs, books, gift bags and<br />

wrapping paper. Each year the shop is gaining in<br />

popularity, and already by January the team will<br />

be preparing for next Christmas.<br />

If you’re looking for a more environmentally<br />

friendly gifting option this year, The ReUsers’<br />

site is the perfect place to find hidden treasures<br />

that others don’t want but are too good to throw<br />

away. It has different departments including<br />

antiques, bikes, electricals, furniture, garden and<br />

sports, with all items cleaned and tested before<br />

being sold. They also run an eBay shop where<br />

you can view and purchase some of the more<br />

unusual items from the comfort of your sofa.<br />

It’s not just a great environmental cause you’re<br />

supporting when you visit. The ReUsers is<br />

a social enterprise - part of the JERICHO<br />

organisation - which aims to break barriers and<br />

change lives by creating jobs, work experience<br />

places, and training opportunities.<br />

You can also show your support by donating<br />

unwanted goods. The donations station operates<br />

on an appointment basis during regular opening<br />

hours. A flood of donations of all shapes and<br />

sizes, new and preloved, since the start of the<br />

pandemic has meant that in <strong>2021</strong> the team<br />

were able to extend their bookshop, and open<br />

a clothes shop – modern and vintage – and a<br />

haberdashery.<br />

Find out more at www.thereusers.uk, or drop<br />

into the shop Monday to Saturday between 9am<br />

and 4pm.<br />





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