Rutherglen Reformer - - Election Special -

Buy­ing sec­ond hand may mean a lower price but does not mean less qual­ity, es­pe­cially if you shop at one of the al­most 100 Re­volve stores across Scot­land.

Re­volve stan­dard is given to sec­ond-hand sell­ers who guar­an­tee their stock for safety and qual­ity, while cre­at­ing at­trac­tive places to shop.

In Aberdeen, the char­ity Some­body Cares not only has a one-stop shop filled with bar­gains - The Me­ga­s­tore - but the funds they raise have al­ready helped thou­sands of fam­i­lies across the city.

Derek Keith, their gen­eral man­ager, explains why the work of the char­ity is so cru­cial.

“The poor in Aberdeen are even poorer be­cause the cost of liv­ing in Aberdeen is so high, com­pa­ra­ble to Lon­don, yet the ben­e­fits avail­able are the same as else­where,” he says.

The for­tunes of the once boom­ing city have changed in re­cent years fol­low­ing a slump in oil prices, which have re­sulted in an ex­o­dus from Aberdeen.

But the waves of peo­ple leaving the city has ben­e­fited Some­body Cares, with many va­cat­ing oil work­ers of­ten do­nat­ing the en­tire con­tents of their house­holds to the char­ity.

An in­crease in the buy-to-let mar­ket means there is also a higher turnover of peo­ple who need home fur­nish­ings.

As a re­sult The Me­ga­s­tore, a 20,000sq ft store is a trea­sure trove for peo­ple look­ing for high qual­ity house­hold items at a frac­tion of their nor­mal re­tail price.

From Ch­ester­fields, kids cloth­ing, toys and bed­ding it’s a labyrinth of mer­chan­dise of great qual­ity for savvy shop­pers.

“We’ve raised the bar as far as qual­ity is con­cerned and we think peo­ple who don’t al­ready know us will be as­ton­ished at what they can find,” adds Derek.

Around 40 per cent of the items the char­ity re­ceives go into The Me­ga­s­tore and 60 per cent are given away to needy fam­i­lies.

Many of the high qual­ity fur­ni­ture items sold in The Me­ga­s­tore are sand­blasted, striped and spray painted in a high qual­ity fin­ish, giv­ing them a new lease of life.

“Why send a chest of draw­ers or piece of fur­ni­ture to land­fill when we can strip it and spray it and al­low peo­ple with lim­ited funds to buy it at a bar­gain price and the money we raise helps us feed and clothe kids,” says Derek. “It’s a win win sit­u­a­tion that helps the planet and peo­ple.”

An­drew Pankhurst, Re-use Cam­paigns Man­ager for Zero Waste Scot­land, which op­er­ates the Re­volve cer­ti­fi­ca­tion, said: “Re-use has a key role to play for Scot­land’s econ­omy and en­vi­ron­ment, help­ing us get bet­ter value from prod­ucts and a great deal for cus­tomers. The Re­volve stan­dard gives shop­pers the as­sur­ance that items are good qual­ity, safety-checked and from a rep­utable re­tailer, en­sur­ing cus­tomers can shop sec­ond-hand with con­fi­dence.”

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