Boutique @BFC celebrates its 1st birthday!
This June, Barnet Furniture Centre will be celebrating one year since the opening of the Boutique @BFC store. The furniture re-use charity – which opened the doors to its main Warehouse back in 2011 – has been providing customers with over 250 tonnes of re-worked furniture since its launch in the borough 3 years ago.
Up-cycled items were originally sold alongside donated household item at the warehouse. However, as demand grew for the re-worked items, the charity was able to expand into the new Boutique store on the high-street.
‘The Boutique provides a space to showcase the beautifully up-cycled items, alongside hand-picked vintage and retro items – all sourced from the warehouse.’ Says Beth Swallow who runs the project, ‘customers are always asking us what they can do with old, out-dated furniture; the Boutique offers inspiration whilst also giving the charity a presence on the high-street.’
The charity – which relies solely on donations – offers a free collection service within the Barnet and the surrounding areas. Its primary focus is on diverting household items away from landfill and making furniture affordable to all – regardless of budget. The two-tier pricing strategy, offered on all items in the warehouse, means that those in receipt of benefits will always receive the lower price. The charity also works closely with Barnet Homes; offering a voucher scheme to those residents most in need.
So what’s next for the Boutique? Beth Swallow says ‘We want to continue to spread the charity’s philosophy of re-use, recycle and revive and to inspire people away from the throw-away culture that exists today. The success of the Boutique means more money back into the charity, meaning BFC can continue its important work within the community; diverting furniture away from landfill and ensuring that all families have access to affordable furniture.’
The Boutique is open Mon – Fri 9.30AM – 5PM and Sat 9AM – 5PM.
Find out more about the project at www.boutiquebfc.co.uk
To celebrate its one year anniversary, the Boutique will be offering 10% off all prices to its customers during the month of June. Please quote ‘June Offer’ when purchasing goods.
The Boutique @BFC
28 Queens Parade
Friern Barnet Road