Our charity is calling on you to consider ditching 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 27 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.

Our charity’s Home Store, near Carlton, sells a wide-range of good-quality pre-loved items, including furniture, homeware, clothing and accessories. While we’re temporarily closed during lockdown, our team at Emmaus Village Carlton is working hard to sell more items in our eBay store.

This second lockdown has meant we’re losing vital income. We really hope that local people will show their support for Buy Nothing New Day by browsing our eBay shop this Black Friday, instead of buying new. Second-hand doesn’t necessarily mean second-best and we’re working really hard to put up as many quality items as possible.

The funds generated from selling donated items help Emmaus Village Carlton to provide a home, meaningful work, daily support and funded training for 42 people who have experienced homelessness or social exclusion. Some stay 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.

Emmaus Village Carlton’s eBay store can be found at https://emmaus.org.uk/village-carlton/ebay