Apr 262012
 

Emmaus is fantastic.  20 years ago this community was established in Landbeach, just outside Cambridge, where it has provided both a vintage goldmine and a future for many companions, who were previously homeless.   My mannequin, wig blocks, majority of kitchenware and now several garments were all sourced here, and some have even been sent back for a new life elsewhere.

A couple of weeks ago I visited their new, enlarged clothing department with Sue Dougan from BBC Radio Cambridgeshire.  We looked for potential, rather than perfection, and chatted about how to overcome the constraints of charity shop purchasing.