Not too shabby tat
September 14, 2011, 10:01 pm
Filed under: Places in Brighton

Whether you want to deck out your house on the cheap or find a one-off treasure, there’s new things every day at Shabitat, Lewes Road, Brighton. The place is chocka with bits and bobs for the home, including lots of bric a brac and even a section of vintage clothes out back.

Shabitat is a community recycling project, created in 1995 to offer affordable furniture to the poor and has since become an Aladdin’s Cave for every discerning student or penniless hipster.

It’s a glorious organised mess and I found two lovely cushions (one handmade, and one cats in an embroidered design,) and a random drawer for my room, which set me back a mere tenner.

Annoyingly many items have a sold sticker on them but it’s understandable when most things fall in the £5-20 bracket.  Shabitat staff advised visiting regularly as items are donated daily.

In the past year Shabitat has made over 500 deliveries, over 1200 collections and have allowed 2500 items of furniture to be reused (that’s 58 tonnes.)  The project also focuses on numerous other ways to recycle and details can be found on their website here.

Shabitat is open 9-5 on Monday-Friday and 11-5 on Saturday and Sunday.

When I visited at the weekend there was a clothes recycling and customising project going on and most importantly, free cake.

Here’s a picture of Elliott with my bargain buys!


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