AFFORDABLE fashion is proving a sales hit for local homeless charity Emmaus Sheffield.


The second hand store at the charity’s Cadman Street headquarters was given a complete makeover in 2019 with the creation of a specialist boutique making a welcoming new home for its popular range of pre-owned clothing and fashion items.


“We are very pleased at the public response to our boutique,” said Emmaus shop supervisor Kate Morgan.


“We did all the work ourselves and used almost 100 per cent recycled materials, including things such as recycled scaffolding boards, salvaged metal grids and even an old set of ladders!


“The result is something that fits in completely with the Emmaus ethos of sustainability and recycling and we are delighted that visitors are all commenting on how much they like the new layout and how it creates a much brighter atmosphere, which has a real impact on sales!


Increased sales, however, lead to a need for new stock to keep shelves full and customers happy.


“Clothes, shoes, bags – we need them all and that includes items for men, women and children,” said Kate.


“The best clothing, of course, goes into the shop, but nothing is wasted as even damaged items will be recycled – so although you may no longer think an item is fit for purpose, that doesn’t mean we can’t find a use for it.”