AN INNOVATIVE new scheme which aims to support the work of two charities, give students retail experience and help people back into work, is being launched in Kirkcaldy.
The Relove It! charity chic store, based in the former video drive-in shop at 2 Whytescauseway, is set to officially open on Saturday, December 3 from noon to 3.00 p.m.
But shoppers will be able to have a sneek peek of the products on offer when the shop opens its doors this Sunday from 11.00 a.m to 4.30 p.m.
The initiative is part of the ongoing project to fill empty units in the town’s High Street and follows on from the successful Emporium art scheme, which was located in the former JJB store at 181 High Street in the summer.
The firm behind the project - Up Front Solutions - has been formed to develop a charitable business venture between Frontline Fife Homelessness Services and Scottish Christian Alliance Ltd.
Rebecca Haack, business development manager, said the shop will sell second hand clothes, bric-a-brac, books, handmade cards as well as Fair Trade goods including purses, jewellery and trinket boxes. The proceeds will go to the two charities.
She said: “We will be open this Sunday so people can come in and have a look at what we have to offer.
“What is unique about this scheme is that we are also offering opportunities for people who want to gain retail experience.
“We are setting up a placement programme with Adam Smith College so students on retail courses can come in and get practical experience such as learning how to use tills and creating window displays.
“We can also provide learning for people who may be unemployed to help them get back into work.”
Relove It! will also offer a Bring A Brand membership programme. This involves customers bringing in second hand clothes from upmarket stores such as Topshop and Marks and Spencer.
They will then receive a discount on their next purchase of second hand goods.
Rebecca added: “We are very excited about this project and hope as many people as possible come along on Sunday.”
Anyone interested in donating or volunteering should e-mail Rebecca at: email@example.com or log on to: www.reloveit.org.uk.