We’re calling on people to ditch Black Friday and instead join us in showing support for the more sustainable and affordable Buy Nothing New Day, held this year on 27th 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.  


Emmaus Suffolk supports vulnerable, socially isolated people and those at risk of homelessness people across the county in several ways, from support groups, workshops and distributing “mental health packs” through to providing meaningful work opportunities.


We fundraise through our charity shops in Ipswich and Felixstowe which sell pre-loved furniture, clothing, books, collectables and more. Throughout lockdown we have also been selling online via eBay, Instagram, Gumtree and Depop – www.emmaus.org.uk/suffolk/shop/emmaus-suffolk-online-shop/


Claire Staddon, Chief Executive of Emmaus Suffolk, said:


“At Emmaus we’ve known for a long time that second-hand does not mean lower quality, and now we are seeing a real move towards more people choosing to buy pre-loved and completely unique upcycled items.


“Our supporters donate some amazing items, from designer clothing and accessories through to solid wood furniture so there is always something amazing to be found by browsing our shops or by visiting our online shops. 


“When you buy from an Emmaus shop you are not only supporting us with the work we do with socially isolated and vulnerable people here in Suffolk, but you are also significantly reducing the amount of items that end up in landfill each year, and paying a lot less for them – it’s a win win situation!”