Keep it local – it’s nifty to be thrifty!

You might be surprised at how you can make your money go further by keeping it local throughout Warwickshire Thrift Week .

A number of businesses across Warwickshire are encouraging people to get even better value from their local high street during Thrift Week from 21-29th March 2015. Now in its second year, Thrift Week helps people to save money, help the environment and get great value from local businesses.

Upcycling furniture; trading in IT equipment for refurbished items at a reduced rate; customising old clothes and repairing household items to give them a new lease of life, or buying second hand items from a charity shop to support local causes are just some of the ways consumers are adopting a thriftier lifestyle.

There are many independent retailers who are only too happy to pass on their thrifty knowledge and product ideas to customers, which are helping people to become more inventive, whether it’s reusing, repairing or renovating.
Jacki and Russ Ward’s Chalk and Linen in Coleshill is just one of the businesses backing the campaign. Jacki and Russ offer free advice and guidance on how to update homes and furniture using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™. Jacki says, “It’s important that people stop throwing things away and see the value in everyday items,” she says. “Upcycling is a perfect way for people to make their home unique and save money.”

Chalk and Linen

Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Leader of Warwickshire County Council and Portfolio Holder for Economic Development, said; “Keeping it local is a great way to find out what local businesses and charities in your community have to offer. We’re grateful to the local businesses, district and borough councils for their support for Thrift Week.”

Cllr Richard Chattaway, Chair of the Communities Overview and Scrutiny Committee, said: “We’re pleased that local businesses are supporting Thrift Week so customers can get even better value from their high street while helping the environment too by not throwing away items.”

Let us know how your high street has helped you to be thrifty on twitter @keeplocalwarks or on facebook.com/keepitlocalwarwickshire
For further information on Warwickshire Thrift Week visit www.thriftweek.co.uk