The Empty Shop: Manchester 2014

This morning, I had the pleasure of popping along to the amazing Empty Shop project in the Manchester Arndale Centre. I’d been invited along as a blogger to see what Empty Shop is all about and find out what it’s doing for the Homeless charity Mustard Tree.

Empty Shop Manchester 2014 Mustard Tree

So here’s the general idea – shoppers at the Arndale centre can donate pre-loved clothing to the project directly at the stand. The volunteers are on-hand to sort and receive the donations, whilst stylists like the lovely Sarah above show how the clothes can look ‘in action’! Each day, the Empty Shop is, well, emptied, and the clothes are either sold in Mustard Tree shops or given directly to those in need.

I’m very big on donating clothing to charity, so decided to take along a couple of pieces to give! One of them was this dress that I adore, but is a bit too big for me now. I hope it manages to raise a few pounds – every little really does help, and events like this are amazing at raising both funds and awareness.

Empty Shop Manchester 2014 Mustard Tree

It was really great to see the Arndale promoting such a brilliant cause, and it was also fab to learn a little more about Mustard Tree too. They believe in being able to provide sustainable help to those who are homeless or marginalised – the phrase “give a man a fish, he’ll eat for a day. Teach him to fish, he’ll eat for a lifetime” is very applicable to their approach, and I really do hope that Empty Shop is a big success for them.

If you’re around Manchester until the 2nd February, you have time to donate to the charity! Visit the stand in the Arndale centre and bring along as much good quality, pre-loved clothing as you’d like to donate.

Empty Shop Manchester 2014 Mustard Tree

Stay Creative,

Chyaz xox


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