Give pre-loved fur­ni­ture a new home

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Pi­ano-play­ing supre­mos can help, a sec­ond-hand fur­ni­ture store, which has given new life to an empty Lon­grow shop, of­fi­cially open its doors tonight (Fri­day). Kin­tyre Re­cy­cling Ltd’s (KRL) re­use hub will join many other Camp­bel­town shops in open­ing af­ter the Christ­mas lights switch-on. The shop, which sells pre­owned so­fas, ta­bles, chairs, beds, dressers and more has re­cently taken re­ceipt of a pi­ano, pre­vi­ously owned by renowned Kin­tyre mu­si­cian Gus McAl­lis­ter, who passed away ear­lier this year. The pi­ano be­ing played on the Christ­mas lights switchon night is an apt way to hon­our Gus, who reg­u­larly pro­vided the sound­track at Glen­barr Abbey’s iconic Christ­mas open days. ‘It’s not just any old pi­ano,’ said Amanada Card, KRL’s busi­ness man­ager. ‘It has a steel frame and a lot of his­tory – it will be well over 100 years old.’ The pi­ano, which will even­tu­ally be for sale, sits along­side many items of fur­ni­ture, ar­ranged in a homely fash­ion, in­side the shop, which has oc­cu­pied the site since Au­gust. Ms Card added: ‘Our aim is to di­vert fur­ni­ture that would nor­mally go to land­fill, whether it’s straight from the amenity site or from peo­ple con­tact­ing us. ‘We have al­ready done sev­eral house clear­ances – but this isn’t just about rub­bish. We only sell good qual­ity items.’ The re­use hub works in con­junc­tion with the Spring­bank Home­less­ness Project, which of­fers the use of its hall to store ex­tra fur­ni­ture that can­not be ac­com­mo­dated in the shop, as well as the Third Sec­tor In­ter­face com­mu­nity shop and Shop­per-Aide. ‘We’re also work­ing handin-hand with the Rotary Club of Camp­bel­town,’ said Amanda, adding, ‘which has had to scale back its fur­ni­ture auc­tions to one a year.’ The so­cial work de­part­ment has al­ready re­ferred peo­ple who were given new homes to the shop to find af­ford­able fur­nish­ings. Af­ter train­ing, staff and vol­un­teers will be able to up­cy­cle and re­store fur­ni­ture and also of­fer work­shops to share some of their skills. Peo­ple are en­cour­aged to go along on the open­ing night to share their views on the type of work­shops they would at­tend and reg­is­ter their in­ter­est in vol­un­teer­ing. The re­use hub has been fully funded by the So­cial Econ­omy Growth Fund, which is sup­ported by the Eu­ro­pean So­cial Fund and Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment. KRL was awarded £108,404 for the project un­til March 2020, to pay for the shop, a new van and the wages of four work­ers – two full-time fur­ni­ture su­per­vi­sors and two ther­a­peu­tic as­sis­tants. As well as po­ten­tial pi­ano play­ing, the open­ing night will fea­ture nib­bles, free Christ­mas ducks and chil­dren may be able to make their own Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tions. There will be a reg­u­lar op­por­tu­nity for vol­un­teers in the shop so any­one who is in­ter­ested, or those wish­ing to do­nate or pur­chase fur­ni­ture, should at­tend the open­ing or call the shop on 01586 551511.

From left, fur­ni­ture su­per­vi­sors Stacey Stevens and Lor­raine Mc­Cal­lum with KRL busi­ness man­ager Amanda Card be­side one of the shop’s more un­usual items. 50_c48reuse­hub01

From left, Jenna Camp­bell, Lor­raine Mc­Cal­lum and Jacque­line Flaws put to­gether a Christ­mas win­dow dis­play. 50_c48reuse­hub03

The shop is all set for its Christ­mas lights night open­ing, com­plete with a writ­ing desk and a let­ter to Santa. 50_c48reuse­hub04

The items in­side the shop have been ar­ranged in a homely fash­ion. 50_c48reuse­hub05

As­sis­tants Jenna Camp­bell and Jacque­line Flaws and are part of the fur­ni­ture shop team.

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