Julia's House opens the doors on the south west's largest charity shop

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Julia's House Creekmoor Shop

The largest charity shop in the south west opens its doors in Creekmoor on Friday when Julia’s House, the Dorset and Wiltshire children’s hospice charity unveils its newly-expanded flagship store.

Julia’s House has created a one-stop department store offering larger items of furniture, fashions (including designer brands and jewellery), homeware and an extended bridal room selling new and pre-loved wedding dresses, bridesmaid gowns and Mother-of-the-Bride outfits. The bridal room, which is available by appointment only, features sumptuous décor, a private changing room with the services of a personal shopper, and a large mirrored viewing area, providing brides-to-be with all the luxurious touches needed to make wedding dress shopping a truly special occasion.

Fitted out using reclaimed materials and vintage-style shop fittings, the store retains the boutique-style interior that has become the trademark of Julia’s House charity shops, and dovetails perfectly with increased consumer demand for more sustainable fashion.

“A recent study by waste management agency BusinessWaste.co.uk suggests that the UK’s second hand item market could overtake the fast fashion market by 2029,” reveals Tracy Stanley, Retail Manager for Julia’s House. “This is great news for charity shops like ours, which have played a pivotal role in reducing environmental impact and the rise of the ethical consumer.”

The official opening of the shop takes place at 10am on Friday by Julia’s House Chief Executive, Martin Edwards.

“In addition to expanding our current departments we will be unveiling some exciting new features exclusive to Creekmoor,” Tracy continues. “There will be a library, a vinyl music section and a section for electrical goods.” All the usual magical touches that have become synonymous with Julia’s House can be found scattered throughout the store, including a children’s changing room modelled on Doctor Who’s TARDIS. We don’t want to give too much away though - we hope people will come and see for themselves and enjoy exploring the largest charity shop in the south west!”

The BBC Radio Solent Breakfast in Dorset show, presented by Steve Harris, will broadcast live from the shop on Friday morning between 6.30 and 9am ahead of the official opening. Throughout the weekend shoppers can enjoy exclusive offers and special attractions including on Saturday special guests The Dorset Troopers, who will be bringing a touch of Star Wars magic to Creekmoor from 12 to 5pm.

Julia’s House currently has 10 shops in Dorset and 2 in Wiltshire and has become known for its unique interior style which has played a part in transforming the look and feel of charity shops locally.

Dedicated to supporting the families of children with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions in Dorset and Wiltshire, Julia’s House provides bespoke care for every family it supports - at their home, in the community or at one of the charity’s two hospices in Corfe Mullen and Devizes.  Medical advances mean more children are being born and living longer with life-limiting conditions, so Julia’s House will be caring for more children, for longer.   The charity relies on the local community for 95 per cent of the funding required to run its vital service, and this fundraising may come in many ways – as a result of people donating goods at Julia’s House charity shops, fundraising locally, participating in challenge events or leaving gifts in Wills.

 

 

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