The Re-Store is a Refurnish Devon social enterprise which ‘Repairs, Rejuvenates and Recreates’ donated furniture and furnishings, providing opportunities for individuals to gain skills, improve their personal wellbeing, while reducing waste at the same time.

As a social enterprise the project also displays the work of local upcycling artists – in return, they support the project by giving their time and skills to restore items donated to Refurnish for the project, help staff the shop, and/or give a commission on the sales of their work to support the project.

The ReStore is located at the “Shops at Dartington”, nr Totnes in Devon at the site of the former Dartington Pottery, and includes a shop, separate workshop and storage, craft studio space and large external area. We are open six days a week with an equipped workshop. The project currently involves approximately 60 volunteers and about a dozen displaying artists, and one part-time paid/volunteer coordinator and since June 2015 a part-time paid assistant.

The project hosts daily skills exchange sessions involving; weaving, mosaics, paper, knitting/crochet, textiles as well as seat caning and upholstery. It also hosts periodic ‘Repair Cafes’ where volunteer experts offer help to the public with household items needing repair, with tea/coffee and cake on hand to take at leisure at the same time.

Since its’ inception in November 2013, the project has been very positively received, but continues to invite new people to become involved in the project and for donations of furniture needing repair or improvement.

For further information or to become involved in any way, please speak with us as we are always happy to share what we are up to..

Thank you for taking an interest!

Adrian Porter, project coordinator
Emma Capper, assistant project coordinator

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The shop at dartington
Shinners Bridge

Telephone: 01803 868 637

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My Events

upholstery workshop 2day / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2015-11-29T00:00:00Z">Sun 29 Nov</span> to <span  itemprop="endDate" content="2015-12-06T00:00:00Z">Sun 06 Dec 2015</span> <span>(1 week)</span>upholstery workshop 2day / Sun 29 Nov to Sun 06 Dec 2015 (1 week)

Sunday 29th November & 6th December 10.30am - 4pm Support the project while learning how to re-upholster a "stitched and stuffed" seat on a fix spring or drop in seat base. Or you can bring in your own chair if it is ...

Repair Cafe / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2015-09-26T00:00:00Z">Sat 26 Sep 2015</span>Repair Cafe / Sat 26 Sep 2015

Last Saturday of every month . Please bring your tools, furniture and non-electrical household goods for repair by donation. Meet the Crew of volunteers who work at restore, learn some top tips about restoring and upcyc...

Workshop restoring picture frames / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2015-09-14T00:00:00Z">Mon 14 Sep 2015</span>Workshop restoring picture frames / Mon 14 Sep 2015

A drop in workshop run by two of our volunteers Becca and Jane to share the art of restore picture frames in our workshop. Donation session. Please ring Jane to notify your intention to come as the main store is closed...

My Opportunities

ReFurnish - Job Vacancy, Role - Project Co-ordinator / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2017-05-25T00:00:00Z">Thu 25 May 2017</span>ReFurnish - Job Vacancy, Role - Project Co-ordinator / Thu 25 May 2017

ReFurnish - Job Vacancy Role: Project Co-ordinator Where: The ReStore at Dartington Hours: P/T 21 hours (flexible) Salary: £9307/annum Exciting & challenging opportunity to co-ordinate volunteers & artists & ma...

volunteering at The Re-Store Dartington / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2016-12-31T00:00:00Z">Sat 31 Dec 2016</span>volunteering at The Re-Store Dartington / Sat 31 Dec 2016

We are always looking for volunteers to support the project in our shop and workshop. Lots of opportunities to learn furniture restoration skills or share the skills you already have. If you are passionate about recycl...

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workshop spaceworkshop space

Would you like to support the project and yourself by leading a workshop at the ReStore. We are hiring out our two spaces to creatives to teach craft skills using reclaimed materials which would end up in landfill.