Thrift Fest is this Saturday!

The big day is Saturday 22nd September!

We’re celebrating 30 years of furniture reuse with a whole day of community activities at the Hastings Centre on the Ridge (opposite Conquest Hospital).

Please join us and have fun making, doing and trying new activities that don’t cost the earth!

Free advance tickets are available until the end of Friday on Eventbrite, or you can pay just £1 per adult on the door.

The programme and ticket link are on our website here.

New look

We’re refreshing the look of our fleet of collection and delivery vans over the next few weeks, thanks to Thomas Design & Graphics in St Leonards.

We hope the new design will catch your eye when you see us out and about, and help people become more aware of our services.

As a small local charity we don’t have much of an advertising budget, so we want to make the most of these “mobile billboards”.

Part of the new design is the statement fighting furniture poverty since 1988 – 30 years this year! Check out our anniversary celebration ThriftFest on Sat 22nd September.

Work with us!

We will really miss Robyn, who is leaving us to join her family’s business and train to be a Plumber. Watch the interview with her about her role at HFS (click play above).

We are looking for someone with the same positive attitude, love of active work, friendly but professional communication skills and enjoyment of coaching and helping others.

Could it be you?

Read more about the vacancy and apply

Changing our times

We’ve simplified our opening times. From 1st July 2018 we will be open from 9.304.30 every day from Tuesday to Saturday.

This means there will be more time for our Saturday shoppers to explore our stores.

We will also be able to provide some collections and deliveries on Saturdays for folk who cannot take time off work during the week.

We will be closed so our team can rest on Sundays and Mondays.

Podcast features HFS

HFS featured in Tiernan Douieb’s Partly Political Podcast

Tiernan compered our fantastic comedy fund-raiser in May and wanted to feature HFS as part of Small Charities Week.

We talk about the challenges and joys of running a small local charity, the issues affecting people in our area, how policies affect us and how people can get involved and support us.

Listen to the Partly Political Podcast  (Contains some swearing. Interview starts approx 20 mins into episode)

Photo of Tiernan Douieb and Mark Thomas on stage at De La Warr Pavilion in May by Bob Mazzer

Households in crisis need furniture

We’re campaigning to reverse East Sussex County Council’s proposed cuts to the Discretionary East Sussex Support Scheme (DESSS). This local welfare provision scheme provides emergency help to households who are struggling, providing food, utilities or household furniture to those in need.

ESCC proposes to reduce the amount it spends on DESSS by 70% and stop providing household items such as beds, cookers and fridges. HFS has been proud to be part of delivering the scheme in Hastings and Rother, helping low-income households that are starting again after homelessness, escaping domestic violence, moving into independent living after care, or recovering from a crisis such as a house fire.

A survey on the proposed cuts has been set up by ESCC and can be completed online by anyone who has ever used the scheme. HFS is bringing this survey to the attention of all our customers who have been DESSS beneficiaries and is offering printed copies of the survey in both of our stores.

HFS featured in an article about this by Dr Frances Ryan in The Guardian.

The surveys are available on the County Council website.

Help shape our Bexhill plans

We are working on plans to redevelop our site in Bexhill.

We own the large site on London Road that used to be Russell’s Garage. It has the potential to offer much better facilities and more display space for our customers and our team, and to provide spaces for others to start up their own businesses, social enterprises or creative activities.

We are seeking the views of our community about these plans before we complete an application for Planning Permission, so do please let us know if you have any queries or concerns we can address.

The drawings will be on display in the windows at the store in London Road from 1st-4th November, with a special coffee, cake and chat event from 2-4 on Weds 1st November. You are welcome to comment in person or online, using the contact form below.

Click here to download the workspace hub plan drawings in one PDF document: download drawings

Contact Us

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vw vintage fire engine

Classic Car Boot Stall

vw camper, red, vw fire engine, firefighter selfie, charityOur stall at the Classic Car Boot Sale was a great success.

On 8-9th July designers Wayne and Gerardine Hemingway organised the event to transform Hastings Pier with extra special vehicles and vintage treasures.

One of our supporters brought his lovely vintage VW fire engine to accompany our stall. Kids (of all ages) loved the vehicle and took “firefighter selfies”

Our stall featured many of the small vintage finds in our stores. Many visitors were surprised to see the range of goods available from HFS stores, and very pleased with our prices – we hope they’ll become regular customers!

bright upcycled benches by the sea

Bedhead Benches

Our workshop team has been working on an exciting new project to reuse and upcycle unwanted bed-heads into fabulous benches for the home and garden.

Sometimes we collect bed frames that can’t be reused because parts are missing but we don’t want the wood to go to waste. These benches use up the heads, ends and slats of the bed-frames to make an attractive new piece of furniture.

It’s been a fun challenge for our workshop team. Our expert Ron has helped the volunteers to figure out how to reuse the wood and make strong sturdy bench seats. Our volunteers are local people who have enjoyed HFS courses and want to do more carpentry, restoration and painting as part of the team. Pauline, Heidi, Percival, Phil and Victor have thoroughly enjoyed the challenge and we are really proud of the stunning results.

Each bench is unique. There are children’s benches as well as full-size and we have painted several in fun bright colours.

Child-size benches are £70 full price (£45 benefit discount price) and adult-size ones are up to £195 (£145 discount price).

The benches will be on sale at our Bexhill store from Friday 28th April.

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