Graig Y Rhacca Resource Centre Ltd a trading Social Enterprise has just opened its first “Thrift Shop”.

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The American idea was spotted by Gareth Mitchell Centre Manager as an excellent business model for generating income and recycling nearly new clothes, toys and various other items. The project has already been looked at by other Social Enterprises in neighbouring local authorities with a view to franchising the project in their areas.Thrift Shop

Gareth explained:

We initially trialled our new concept by converting an office space into a make shift shop and from there we saw just what we could achieve. We accept nearly new, good quality clothing, toys and other unloved items which we then sell on behalf of our customers. All profits generated are then reinvested back into the community in the form of projects and activities for all of the residents of Graig Y Rhacca.

Graig Y Rhacca - Thrift Shop - 1With the support of the Communities First we were able to open our first Thrift shop and are looking to grow the business.  Soon, we will be able to offer work placements and volunteers a place where they will have the chance to learn all about retail industry, all about employment and all about community projects, whilst building their confidence.

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Stephanie Mitchell project lead of Thrift Shop said:

The first day was a great success and once customers saw the great quality clothing and items we have here, we were kept really busy. This project is still new and still small but I think it has a great future as we have had masses of community support and it’s growing!

The Thrift Shop is currently open for two days a week on Monday and Friday.

Doors open from  9am – 1pm and then 2pm – 4pm.

We also have a Facebook page called GYR Thrift Shop where people can like the page and then they can get all of the latest items for sale as and when we get chance to list them.

If you require any further information in regards to the Thrift Shop then please contact:

Gareth Mitchell or Stephanie Mitchell on 029 20883039 at The Resource Centre.

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