Swap shop an overwhelming success

Staff for free ... Swap shop organisers, from left, Jill Fisher, Anne Offord, Jane Hatton, Joanne Main, Tony Platt and Lesly Ford-Platt show off some of the items on offer.
Staff for free ... Swap shop organisers, from left, Jill Fisher, Anne Offord, Jane Hatton, Joanne Main, Tony Platt and Lesly Ford-Platt show off some of the items on offer.

THE lure of stuff for free, with the aim of reusing and recycling unwanted possessions, proved overwhelmingly successful at the Stevenson Centre in Great Cornard on Saturday.

Scores of people turned up to contribute to a recycling swap shop – and then take what they wanted for free.

Some of the happy recipients of the sale included a mother who got lots of books and bedroom accessories for a football-mad son, a grandad who picked up a bike for his grandchild who was ill, and a woman who walked away with an iron – as hers had broken the previous day.

The event was organised by Transition Sudbury and District, set up by the Sudbury Market Town Partnership with a £5,000 grant, to encourage greater sustainability and get the community working together to reduce what goes to landfill sites.

Organiser Jane Hatton said: “It proved so successful we hardly had anything left at the end of the morning, apart from a couple of bags which went to the British Heart Foundation and some books which went to Sudbury Resource Centre.”

She said the swap shop attracted donations of rugs, plants, toys, and furniture.

“We will definitely do another but will advertise it a bit more so we can get even more people involved,” she said.

“The idea came from one of the transition group members who had heard about it being successful elsewhere.”

If you are interested in swapping or donating items for a future sale, email Jane Hatton at jhatton01@btinternet.com.