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  • Upcycling Workshop a Islington Mill

    We have a new date for the upcycling workshop at our studio in Islington Mill on Saturday 6th May for 6 hours of creativity!!

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  • Saturday was a creative day at our new Sewing Class venue

    Saturday was a fantastic day at our new Sewing Class venue in central Manchester. Join us on Newton St Northern Quarter for Beginners Sewing classes, shift and A-line dressmaking, Eveningwear design, Recycling and Upcycling techniques. are

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  • Upcycling our way through the festivals!

    The summer is upon us which means the School of Junk team have set off on the magical road to inspire you all on how to make your garments festival worthy! We will be popping up in the fields of many English festivals this summer to help you upcycle your accessories using vintage fabric scraps, broken jewellery and just about anything we can get our hands on!    Here is a few snaps of us in the fields last week at secret garden party & Womad, thank-you to all the lovely ladies and gents who joined us in the workshops!   ...

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  • SUMMER OF FABULOUS FESTIVALS!

    This summer Junk shop will be on the road appearing at SIX UK Festivals and we can not wait! We bring our most magical handmade/vintage stock with us on the road and aim to give people a unique shopping experience! We spend days lovingly dressing the shop, from our multi-coloured sari ceiling to a cosmic corner dressing room (and some broken barbies hung for good measure) to make sure that at each festival, the shop is unique and even more mental than the last! Where possible we will also be holding free upcycling workshops at the front of the shop, customising...

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  • WORLD RECYCLING WEEK - Day Four

    WORLD RECYCLING WEEK - DAY FOUR We try to come up with inventive ways in which we can re-use our old textiles and we found one of the best ways is through the use of blankets! We have been very busy sourcing the best quality wool blankets and throws which we can then re-work into lovely jackets for you. These are the perfect alternative to a coat on the (hopefully warm) summer nights and at festivals! We have designed a collection of different style jackets to show people just how you can re-work your old treasured blankets from our range...

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  • WORLD RECYCLING WEEK - Day Three

    WORLD RECYCLING WEEK - DAY THREE SCHOOL OF JUNK! As well as having two shops full of recycled treasures we also have our own famous sewing school! Not only do we aim to teach people to sew but we also try to educate people on how doing your little bit can have a massive impact. We have done many social projects with the likes of Oxfam, Recycle for Greater Manchester, Creative Support plus free Easter workshops to educate people on how the recycling process works. We try to encourage people not to throw their un-wanted textiles in to landfill but...

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  • WORLD RECYCLING WEEK - Day Two

    World Recycling Week - Day Two! We try to incorporate recycling into every aspect of our business - from our upcycled wardrobe changing rooms to our fairy liquid till. One way in which we recycle our clothes is through vintage sari fabrics that we find and turn into beautiful / wearable garments. We have a whole range of handmade sari items from kimonos to crops. Here is an example of the process our garments go through to give you some inspiration. x  

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  • WORLD RECYCLING WEEK - DAY ONE!

    HAPPY WORLD RECYCLING WEEK! Recycling is the fundamental principle of our business and we are constantly trying to inspire/ educate people on how important it is, more than ever to recycle. We pride ourselves on making unique, high quality garments out of recycled textiles and offer people the choice not to buy fast fashion on the high street. We try to help people become more sustainable through the fashion choices they make and to encourage people not to throw away old textiles. Our shops are full of many types of recycled fabrics including vintage saris, bedsheets, curtains & much more!...

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  • Creative Support Fun!

    We held a sewing lesson with Creative Support on Friday teaching them how to Upcycle old hats using handmade flowers, broken jewellery etc! We hope everyone had as much fun as we did and that we have inspired the people that attended. A few photos from the lesson....   

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  • SPRING SEWING!

    Here are our latest dates for our School of Junk sewing courses taking place in April / May    3 HOUR - INTRODUCTION TO SEWING  Learn the ins and outs of using a sewing machine including threading and all the functions of the machine and hem, over-lock, button hole and zips. Use our machines or you are welcome to bring you own. The machines we use are brand new Elna machines. Total cost: £60 (current offer £27) New Dates: Tuesday 26th April (6-9pm) Sunday 15th May (12-3pm)     6 HOUR - A LINE DRESSMAKING COURSE   As well as covering functions of...

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