Second-hand shopping ensures your money stays in the community where it can benefit local businesses and charities. Shoreham has seen an increase in shops, both charity and second hand which have made it the place people visit outside Brighton for vintage finds at reasonable prices. This has created a footfall of visitors which we think Neighbourhood Store will only enhance.
Buying used goods cuts down on manufacturing demands and keeps more items out of the landfill! Because a large amount of man-made goods are routinely thrown away, re-using gives a longer life to common household items another family could use, saving the Earth in effect.
The act of recycling not only enables us to feel good about our actions but, again, keeps money in the local economy and supports the green living movement. Despite rumours that the high street is not as successful as it was, we believe it’s transforming. It’s returning to a place in which independent shops have a huge role to play. People still yearn for human contact and independents have the upper hand in being able to provide an ‘experience’ and play a role in their local community.
Fostering such communities is not just about buying a product; it’s about discovering product collections, extending the lifetime of previously loved items and being engaged in the local community. It’s about connecting with people and being inspired by beautiful offline spaces.
And it's not only buying second hand that benefits the local economy. We
think the following articles sum it up nicely:
Seven reasons to shop locally (The Guardian)
11 Benefits of buying handcrafted products (Mental Floss)
Later in 2019 we will be installing working spaces in store. Somewhere customers can plug in their laptops and work within the surroundings of a bright, colourful clean and inspiring place. Customers will have access to fast Wi-Fi and will pay for the time they use the space. More and more people are working remotely due to family commitments, and following research this is becoming a real need in Shoreham with the Brighton drift and more and more developments ever growing. We will place a strong emphasis on recycling, re-using and sustainability and will be seeking like-minded people going forward into the future of Neighbourhood Store.
Neighbourhood Store will be involved in a number of community projects, from supporting the Re-fill movement by driving it into Shoreham to our own ‘Neighbourhood Watch scheme’ supporting all local businesses with shoplifting prevention support and Neighbourhood Kids which will be a bi-monthly event calling on all young entrepreneurs. We will offer up a space for children to sell whatever they have created and produced. It could even be a collection of unwanted toys, books etc extending the life of these products. We see this as an important educational piece helping the children of our future understand more about re-cycling and reducing the desire to buy new. Also to show them that whatever they are good at is something they can build on to become successful young entrepreneurs. Make your dreams happen kids!
We will help you as much as we can…
We want to be involved in charity and community schemes/events and welcome any opportunities to support our amazing community where we can.