A group of our companions recently took the lead on remodelling a popular area of our charity’s store.

During the recent COVID-19 lockdown, we decided to make the most of the store’s temporary closure. Using pre-existing skills and by learning from each other, a group of companions set about creating a new look bric-a-brac shop for customers to enjoy when it reopened. The large bric-a-brac area, adjacent to the Bistro, sells small homeware items plus books, music and DVDs.

Our Retail Manager Barbara Fitzgerald explained: “Our bric-a-brac items are incredibly popular but the area wasn’t ideal. It has been great to give it a complete makeover. It was so good to see companions working together to design the new space and getting creative with different materials. They have filled it with lighter, brighter colours and even built beautiful custom display stands. It looks really inviting.”

Have a scroll through the photo gallery below, for some shots capturing the makeover project.

With the Home Store now reopened, the new bric-a-brac area is now open to the public.

Rob, one of the companions who worked on the project, said: “The refurbishment was a very enjoyable experience and I’m very happy with the results.”

“I’m so happy with the overall finish and the attention to detail really shows” said Michael, another member of the companion team. “Some customers think the striped wall design is wallpaper but each individual measurement and colour was decided as the painting progressed and each stripe was painted by hand.”

Our Emmaus Village Carlton Home Store and Bistro on School Lane, Carlton is open Wednesday to Saturday 9.30am – 4.30pm and Sunday 10am – 4pm.

The bric-a-brac makeover project in pictures...