Something old - that’s nothing new for bride

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When bride Nic Hopper decided she wanted a vintage theme for her wedding day, she knew just where to turn...

Homeless charity Emmaus Sheffield runs a busy second hand shop from its headquarters in Sipelia Works in Cadman Street, close to the Canal Basin.

And one of its specialities is vintage items dating back more than half a century, making it perfect for Nic’s 1950s themed big day.

Holistic therapist Nic and partner David sourced every single piece of crockery and cutlery for their wedding reception from the Emmaus vintage store.

“It made the whole process so easy for us,” said Nic, who is originally from Sheffield.

“I couldn’t believe what a great range of stock they had – it was a real Aladdin’s Cave for a bargain hunter like me.”

The Emmaus Vintage Store and the neighbouring Emporium of Curtiosities were set up by the charity’s shop manager Charley Holman in a bid to attract shoppers with an eye for the unusual as well as a nose for a bargain.

“Our Emporium of Curiosities is full of those things you might not find in any other charity shop – everything from vintage woodworking and carpentry tools to old cameras,” Charley said.

“But our big success story at the moment really has to be our vintage line which, as Nic discovered, is perfect for anybody looking for rare and pretty pieces of china, all in wonderful condition.

“But the more successful we are, the more stock we need and we are always happy to hear from anybody with donations for us because the money we raise through sales is vital to our success in the future.”

Based in the historic Sipelia Works, a former cutlery factory close to the city’s Canal Basin, Emmaus Sheffield provides a working community with quality, self-contained accommodation, training facilities and a workspace.

It aims through its Social Enterprise to provide meaningful work for beneficiaries and enable the people it supports - known as Companions - to eventually become self-supporting once more.

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