19TH - 27TH MARCH 2016

About Thrift Week

About Warwickshire Thrift Week

Warwickshire Thrift Week is a free, fun celebration of all things thrifty. It’s about saving money, sustainable living, recycling, conservation and bringing local communities together.

Inspired by last year’s first-ever national Festival of Thrift in Darlington, we are hosting our very own Warwickshire-wide festival of frugality and frivolity from 21st to 29th March 2015.

There will be a whole host of free events and activities to get involved in – from swap shops to help refresh your wardrobe without spending a fortune, to free bicycle health checks to get you out and about on your bike. And for those who love a good bargain, local traders will be promoting offers and discounts throughout the week.

During Thrift Week, you’ll have the chance to:

  • Fill your house for free or de-clutter for free
  • Learn about sustainable living and upcycling
  • Grow your own food
  • Take part in a variety of free activities
  • Save money with Love Food Hate Waste
  • Take advantage of tasters, swap shops, money off and much more!


  • The average Warwickshire family could save around £60 a month by wasting less food. Follow @LFHWarwickshire on Twitter or visit Love Food Hate Waste to find out how.
  • There are more than 100 charity shops in Warwickshire’s high streets, packed with bargain buys.
  • A number of charitable furniture reuse schemes offer FREE home collection of unwanted furniture and electrical goods, while others collect for a modest fee. This is much cheaper than hiring a skip or using a van.
  • From spring 2014, every household waste recycling centre in Warwickshire will have a charity re-use shop where unwanted items are sold to benefit good causes.
  • Recycling centre re-use shops were pioneered in Warwickshire in 2003, and many other council areas are developing similar outlets.
  • There are more than 40,000 members of online reuse networks in Warwickshire. Freecycle has local groups in Leamington Spa & Warwick, Nuneaton & Bedworth, Rugby and Stratford-upon-Avon, while Freegle is active in Kenilworth, North Warwickshire, Leamington Spa, Warwick and Rugby.
  • Britons have more than £2,800 worth of clutter stored in their attics, £585 worth of unused clutter in their spare rooms and £900 of goods in garages.

How to get involved

There are all sorts of ways to get involved in Thrift Week. You can attend one of our fantastic free events, run a thrifty table top sale and take advantage of Thrift Week offers from local businesses.  You can even host your own event, and we’ll list it on the Thrift Week site for you. However you take part, let us know what you’re up to via Twitter and Facebook!

Get involved

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