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Re-use your furniture

Like fast fashion, fast furniture is an issue. The availability of mass produced items encourages people to change their furniture frequently and often they aren’t built to last.

But there is a solution.

Buying second hand is one of the best ways of giving your home a unique look for less and helping to save our precious natural resources. When you do want a change there are lots of ways of passing items on rather than throwing them away.

So if you’ve never thought about buying vintage, going to a Repair Café, donating to a reuse charity or selling online, we’ve got lots of hints and tips to help you love your home for less.

Rehome your furniture

Sell or donate your unwanted furniture quickly and easily.

New to selling online? Follow our tips for a straightforward sale.

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Rehome your furniture with a local reuse organisation or charity shop using our search facility.

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Repair
Love your stuff for longer

Visit a Repair Café

If you have a broken electrical item, bike or piece of furniture why not visit a local Repair Café?

Repair Cafés are community events where expert volunteers repair household items and sometimes clothes and textiles for a small donation. They also offer tea, coffee and sometimes cake! While having your item repaired, you can also sit with the repairer and learn how to make the repair yourself next time.

Details of Repair Cafés in Hampshire are listed below. But there are more coming to Hampshire soon. Please contact us if you know of any others or are planning to start up your own event.

Find a Repair café near you

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Repair café Time and Location
Alton Repair Café

A monthly event

Alton Community Centre, Amery St, Alton, GU34 1HN

Andover Repair Café

A monthly event

St Ann's Hall, Suffolk Rd, Andover, SP10 2JD

Baughurst Repair Café

Third Sunday of the month from 10am - 1pm.

Heath End Village Hall, Baughurst, RG26 5LU

Bordon Repair Café

A regular event held at the Forest Community Centre, Bordon

Brockenhurst Repair Café

A monthly event held at Brockenhurst Village Hall

Chineham Repair Café

Third Saturday of every month at Christ Church Chineham, Reading Road, Basingstoke, RG24 8LT

Denmead and Hambledon Repair Café

A monthly event held in the Denmead and Hambledon areas

Eastleigh Repair Café A regular event at the Pavilion on the Park, 1 Kingfisher Road, Eastleigh, SO50 9LH
Fleet Repair Café

Held on the first Saturday of each month

The Harlington 236 Fleet Rd, Fleet, GU51 4BY

Fordingbridge Repair Café

Regular events in Fordingbridge, please see their website for details

Gosport Repair Café

Second Saturday of every month (except August) 10:30am - 1pm

Make Gosport, Unit 5, Quay Lane, Hardway, Gosport, PO12 4LJ

Havant Repair Café

First Saturday of each month 10am - 1pm

The Pallant Centre, Saint Faiths, Havant

Hayling Island Repair Café

Monthly event in Hayling Island

Lymington Repair Café

Regular community events around the Lymington area

Meon Valley Repair Café

First Saturday of each month 10am - noon

Waltham Chase Methodist Church, Curdridge Lane, Waltham Chase, SO32 2LS

North Hampshire Repair Café

Regular Repair Café in venues around the north Hampshire area

Overton Repair Café

Monthly event

Community Centre, High St, Overton, Basingstoke RG25 3HB

Owslebury Repair Café

Regular event held in Owslebury

Repair Café Portsmouth

Weekly events in the Repair Café Hub in Cascades Shopping Centre

Pop-Up Repair Café at various locations around the city on the 3rd Saturday of each month

Visit to website for information on how to book a repair slot

Ringwood Repair Café

Regular event held at Greyfriars Community Centre 44 Christchurch Rd, Ringwood, BH24 1DW

Rushmoor Repair Café

Regular Events in Aldershot

Southampton Repair Café

Freemantle United Reform Church, 257 Shirley Rd SO15 3HS

First Saturday of each month (except January) 10:30am – 1pm

St Denys Community Centre, Priory Rd SO17 2JZ

Third Saturday every other month (e.g. November, January etc) 10:30am – 1pm

Totton Repair Café

Regular community event held Totton & Eling Community Centre, Testwood Lane, Southampton, SO40 3AP

Waterside Repair Café

Regular event held at Blackfield Baptist Church Hall, SO45 1XA

Wickham Repair Café

Regular event held at Wickham Community Centre Mill Ln, Wickham, Fareham PO17 5AL

Repair Café Winchester

Regular events at Badger Farm Community Centre, Badger Farm Road, Winchester, SO22 4QB and Unit 12 CIC, Winnall Valley Road, Winchester, SO23 0LD

Bike repair and reuse

These projects may be able to repair your bike, let you rent one or purchase a second-hand bike or receive donations of bikes that you no longer wish to use

Hampshire Repair Café Network

The Hampshire Repair Café Network is an informal group which supports new and existing Repair Cafes in Hampshire through sharing knowledge and best practice. Hampshire County Council hosts the group and provides promotional and training support. Find out about the the Repair Cafes in the network and the impacts they have achieved. If you run an existing Repair Café or are planning to set one up, please contact [email protected] for more information.

Make repairs yourself

If you are handy with a set of tools or just fancy having a go at home, iFixit is a useful resource. You can find free repair guides for a wide range of household devices.

For other items, search online, attend a class or visit your local library for guidance on skills from sewing to basic DIY.

Check out our Sustainable Fashion pages for tips on repairing your clothes and making the most of your wardrobe.

Making it Work: A reuse and repair toolkit

Hampshire County Council, in partnership with a number of public and voluntary sector organisations in Hampshire, has developed a reuse and repair toolkit.

It provides practical advice and inspirational ideas for reuse organisations that are looking to reduce their costs and make more of the items they receive. It’s also a great resource for anyone interested in repairing or upcycling their own furniture or textiles.

Download the reuse and repair toolkit

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Buy pre-loved furniture

Swap flat pack furniture for ‘one of a kind’ finds from a local reuse organisation.
It’s often cheaper and benefits good causes. What’s not to like?

Looks good: costs less

Can you spot the pre-loved furniture with character?

Play 'Spot the bargain'

Like what you see?

Visit local reuse organisations for more great used furniture finds.

You could also find a bargain through private selling sites.

Pick up a bargain

Local furniture charities have a lots of unique items often at a great prices and they provide a vital service to those in crisis or on low incomes. So you could pick up a bargain and support a great cause.

List of Local Furniture Charities

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Spot The Bargain

Second hand furniture: less faff than flat pack, cheaper than buying brand new, and quality so good you'll struggle to see the difference.

 
 

Hiring or renting

Many of us wouldn’t think of hiring a table or a sofa, but actually it’s a great way of getting the look you love while keeping the flexibility to change your mind.

If you’re having a party don’t forget to check out rental services for cutlery, crockery and tableware. Much more sustainable than paper plates and plastic cutlery, plus they look great too! The Party Kit Network is a good place to start your search.

Why not try a website like Fat Llama or search online for a service near you.

Ever thought about hiring clothes? Find local clothes hire services from our Sustainable Fashion page. Or toys? Check out Whirli's subscription toy box service

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Buy, donate, sell or repair

Check our reuse directory for pre-loved options near you

Know a site or organisation that should be on here? Let us know.

For more ideas and hints to reduce and save money visit Smart Living