The ReSTORE, Dartington

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The ReSTORE project combines the skills of volunteers and local upcycling artists to Rediscover, Recreate & Rejuvenate items of donated furniture and furnishings from its shop and workshop in Dartington.

We run affordable drop in sessions for learning furniture repair, surface finishes, seat caning, some basic upholstery, wild weaving & peg looming.

We host monthly Repair Cafes on the last Saturday of each month, 10.00am to 1.00pm. These sessions we invite you to bring your non electrical household goods, tools and furniture to learn how to repair them for a donation.

We offer affordable private repairs and commissions at other times of the month. Call us and see how we can help you.

Our workshop spaces are available for hire to artists and crafts people for leading affordable workshops in restoring and upcycling skills.

Please contact us if you have interesting furniture or items to donate, to run or participate in workshops.

We always welcome new volunteers to help in the shop or learn and share skills in our workshop.

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We are located at the Shops at Dartington (formerly known as the Cider Press Centre) on the cycle path heading towards Totnes.

The Shops at Dartington
Shinners Bridge
Dartington
TQ9 6TQ

We are open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 4.30pm

To understand more about the project watch here

Testimonials

“I learnt some new skills – upholstery / sanding and polishing furniture. It gave me the confidence to try things at home that I wouldn’t have done otherwise. It was a peaceful escape from day to day life!”
Clare, ReSTORE volunteer, 2015

“It gives me such a sense of satisfaction to see these old family treasures restored! I feel that this is what I’ve been keeping them for all these years! They were a project – I wanted to give them a new life, and now The ReSTORE has done that – and they’re finding good homes as well – fantastic!”
Eleanor, donator to the project, 2016

“I have had art agents, exhibitions, commissions in London and abroad. I have though, never felt so at home as in The ReSTORE”
Iacinta, displaying Artist at The ReSTORE, 2016

“We came to the Repair CafĂ© with some much loved but broken furniture. With expert help I now have an amazing chair and restore vintage box which gives me great joy. The team are so helpful and friendly and I learnt valuable new skills”
Ross, Repair Cafe participant, 2016

“We are spending time on craft projects in the atmosphere of creativity, concentration and friendly chatter. It’s a great way to spend time whilst having a go at something new and getting help on the way, and finding you’re hooked!”
Pascal, Creative Wednesdays participant, 2016

“The creative nature of the project brings satisfaction and enjoyment to the volunteers’ experience. Volunteers repeatedly mentioned the inclusivity of the project as one of it’s strengths and clearly feel heard and valued….many mentioned the benefits they derived from working with, learning from and meeting many different people. The enthusiasm for the ‘reuse/recycling’ mission is also a strong common motivation for being involved”
Independent evaluation of volunteering at The ReSTORE. Emma Croft, Devon County Council Reuse Office, Feb 2016

Telephone: 01803 868637

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