We’re calling on local people to ditch Black Friday and instead join others across the country to show support for the more sustainable and affordable Buy Nothing New Day, also held this year on 25 November.

In contrast to Black Friday, which sees customers rushing to make impulse purchases as retailers slash their prices for one day, Buy Nothing New Day aims to raise awareness of consumerism and encourage customers to shop more ethically, using their spending power to have a positive impact.

Second-hand doesn’t necessarily mean second-best

The organisers of this national campaign estimate that in the UK over £427 million can be saved by buying reused instead of new items.

Emmaus Leicestershire &  Rutland sells a wide-range of good-quality pre-loved items, specialising in furniture and homeware at our Emporium shop on Stockwell Head in Hinckley; the shop also has a large preloved clothing Boutique inside. We also run a popular eBay shop, selling second-hand goods online at bargain prices.

The funds generated from selling donated items help us to provide a home, meaningful work, daily support and funded training for 16 people who have experienced homelessness or social exclusion. Some stay at our accommodation in Hinckley for a while as they gain confidence and skills before they feel ready to move on to independent living; others are in need of longer-term support and are able to stay for as long as they need to.

Please support the campaign on social media, using the hashtag #BuyNothingNew