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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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Find out more

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

Saturday 8 February 10am - 1pm

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

Andover repair café

Third Saturday of every month 10am – noon

Andover Mind Centre, Westbrook Close, South Street, Andover, SP10 2BN

Bordon repair café

Fourth Saturday of every month 10am to noon

The Furniture Helpline, Hampshire Road, Bordon, GU35 0HJ

Gosport Repair café

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

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

Lymington repair café

Saturday 15 February 9:30am - 12:30pm

Lymington community centre, New Street, SO41 9BQ

Portsmouth repair café

Third Saturday of every month (except August) 10:30am – 1pm

Buckland United Reformed Church. 174 Kingston Rd, Portsmouth PO2 7LP

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

Saturday 22 February 10:30am - 1pm

Totton & Eling Community Centre, Testwood Lane, Southampton, SO40 3AP

Velmore repair café

Last Saturday of every month (except December), 10am - 1pm, 02380 261139

Velmore Community Centre, Falkland Road, Chandlers Ford, SO53 3GY

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

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

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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.

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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!

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

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

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