Your pre-loved items can become someone else’s treasures, when Presbyterian Support East Coast opens a new charity-shop with a twist.

PSEC is opening its third Hawke’s Bay op shop at 47 Carlyle St, Napier on March 18, and is currently seeking donations, and volunteers to join the dedicated family already helping at stores in Joll Rd, Havelock North and Cnr Gloucester and White Streets, Taradale.

In addition to stocking clothing, household items, furniture, textiles and sporting goods, the exciting new shop will also give old items a fresh lease of life with a lick of paint or a completely different purpose.

PSEC Head of Marketing Shirley Collins, said the chance to buy original, redefined pieces, made using donated goods will be a unique feature of the charity store. A good fit alongside the great bargains PSEC charity shops are already known for.

“As well as selling and recycling donated goods, this is about giving people of all ages the chance to work together to re-purpose items that were previously unwanted,” she said.

“We are organizing workshops, and demonstrations in our three stores, aimed at encouraging people to enter our Redefine competition. Applications will be online and in stores from April 1, with a Redefine event being held in the Napier store on Saturday, August 19.”

PSEC needs donations to fill racks, line the shelves, as well as people to help sort and price the goods, man the tills, and fundraise for social services delivered every year through Enliven, Family Works and Real People.

“We are all searching for a more minimalist life and decluttered home - cleaning out quality items that we can on-sell is one way you can help us deliver practical support to your local community. Charity retail stores also provide the option to buy more later when you want to change your home around.”

“It’s going to be a really special space, with a few surprises in store for our customers when we open the doors, even some of our display stands and changing rooms are made from repurposed pieces.”

PSEC is the social arm of the Presbyterian Church, which delivers key services to meet specific needs of the East Coast community from Gisborne to Central Hawke’s Bay.

Retail charity shops help the elderly with in-home aged care through Enliven, assist children facing family violence with Family Works, while Real People supports those with disabilities.

Napier store retail manager Anke Hoggett-Schnebeck and volunteer Mark Trotman are ready and waiting for donations for Presbyterian Support East Coast’s new Napier Op shop in Carlyle St.

“It is with the help of 300 staff, many volunteers and the generosity of our local community that we are able to carry out this work,” Ms Collins said.

“Although government funding is received, the PSEC Marketing Team are responsible for raising a shortfall of $1.2milion annually to ensure these three services remain at their current level of service to the people who need them most.”

The new Napier charity shop also requires a team of dedicated volunteers to sort stock, price incoming items, serve customers and refurbish furniture, household items and textiles.

Napier store retail manager Anke Hoggett-Schnebeck said they are seeking a team of volunteers who are passionate about PSEC.

“Our new Napier charity store with a difference provides a chance to give back, be part of a great team, raise funds for community services in your local area and get creative at the same time,” she said.

“Volunteers are an essential cog in the success of PSEC as a not-for-profit organisation and we are forever grateful to those who help us to carry out the work we do helping others.”

Donations can be dropped at the store Monday - Saturday or call 06) 834 4392 and PSEC will collect. To volunteer, call in, phone 027 655 3571 or email: volunteer@psec.org.nz

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Napier store retail manager Anke Hoggett-Schnebeck and volunteer Mark Trotman are ready and waiting for donations for Presbyterian Support East Coast’s new Napier Op shop in Carlyle St.