Furniture Mine is branching out in Newcastle as part of a series of planned improvements of its service.
Furniture Mine is a charity that helps people in need to set up home and it supports volunteers into work.
It has its main showroom in Registry Street, in Stoke town, Stoke-on-Trent, but is now opening a second shop in Newcastle town centre.
Furniture Mine works by collecting unwanted furniture and white goods through donations from the public and it operates contracts on behalf of local authorities for bulky waste collection.
Goods such as beds, wardrobes and chairs are then made available to people in need through referrals from councils, housing associations and charitable organisations.
Furniture including chests of drawers and tables, plus fridges and washing machines are also available for sale to the general public at affordable prices.
The Bridge Street shop in Newcastle opens its doors on Wednesday 5 December and offers a diverse and different range of items to those available at our Stoke base.
Furniture for sale in the Newcastle shop will be items that are not deemed essential for setting up home – such as coffee tables, bookcases and electrical items like lamps. A catalogue will also be made available.
Furniture Mine has operated for more than 20 years with a mixture of paid staff and volunteers, some of whom use their time helping out to gain the skills they need to get back to work.
Working with Aspire, Furniture Mine is offering the volunteering opportunities to a wider range of people and has recruited several apprentices.
Staff and volunteers manage the showroom and collect and deliver furniture from properties across Staffordshire and Cheshire.
Mark Roe, transformation manager at Furniture Mine said: “Our stock is continually changing and our items are of genuine quality.
“We collect a lot of furniture that is not essential for people to set up home – things like small tables, lamps and electrical items.
“These will make ideal gifts for Christmas, so we are opening just in time.
“For these specialist items, as well as the shop we are launching an eBay shop where collectables are offered for auction.
“We are also able to fill what was an empty shop unit in the town centre.”
Visit Furniture Mine Stoke Monday – Thursday 9am – 4.30pm and Friday 9am – 4pm
Visit Furniture Mine Newcastle Monday – Thursday 10am – 4.00pm and Friday 10am – 3.30pm Sat 10am – 2 pm.
Or call 01782 846111 if you wish to donate furniture.