Kirstie's Homemade Home shines spotlight on crafty Scrapstore in Gloucester
SHABBY chic and thrifty furniture are in the spotlight thanks to programmes like SuperScrimpers and Kirstie's Homemade Home.
And it seems the creativity is spreading in Gloucester as a result.
Gloucestershire Resource Centre, based at the City Works in Alfred Street, intercepts thousands of tonnes of creative materials which would otherwise go to landfill.
It then sells them on to anyone from schools and nurseries to youth clubs and groups for the elderly.
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Lin Mathews, managing director at the centre, said more and more people were inquiring about the delights held within their 'Scrapstore'.
She said: "We have had a big reaction since those television shows were shown – it has been amazing.
"Creativity in the home has become quite mainstream now, with more and more people interested in it.
"We have always been quite hidden in what we do, but we are not hidden anymore. More people know about us now than ever before."
The centre opened 30 years ago and has been based at various locations in the city.
However, it now owns the City Works building and raises additional funds by renting parts out to other businesses.
"We support a lot of groups in the community," added Lin. "To use us you have to be a member, but families can be members, too.
"Our membership is now up at around the 1,500 mark, which is great."
The Scrapstore is always on the lookout for more resources, such as card, paper and bottle tops.
To find out how to become a Scrapstore supplier, people can call the centre on 01452 504442 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.