Charity & vintage shop snoop

Charity Shop Snoop: Emmaus Village Carlton

‘Shop’ is an understatement when referring to Emmaus Village Carlton. Down a lane in Bedford is a charity shop haven – a furniture mega store, a clothing boutique, craft shop, vintage section, book shop (you get the point…) and not to miss out the on site bistro.

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My colleague and I spent the whole day learning about Emmaus Village Carlton, how it works and is run. We had a thousand and one questions and stayed on site for six hours. Not your usual duration for a charity shop! We first had a look around by ourselves in the shop area. It’s a huge space with lots of different rooms and some beautiful displays.

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When then stopped to have lunch with the companions and staff before meeting with the Retail Manager for a guided tour. We got to go behind the scenes and were very impressed with the recycling centre called Under 1 Roof. They recycle most materials and try to send nothing to land fill.

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We then visited the Bistro  – where they also sell books, vinyl and homewares and chatted to the staff and companions. We met with Lesley the volunteer Co-ordinator who looks after 35 people who do a variety of roles to help support the social enterprise.

After a long day snooping we were asked to visit the garden areas where they grow their own fruit and veg. Two companions showed us around and explained what they do.

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We had a great day and came away with lots of ideas for Emmaus Oxford. I bought a shell animal. A bit tacky I know but I just love them!

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Thanks for having me over Emmaus Village Carlton  – it’s definitely worth a visit.

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