Community Shop and #3 ReUse and Recycle Centre

The Arches Community Shop

The Community Shop was opened by Kirsty Williams AM in June 2014, following a need to provide sustainable income to enable The Arches services to continue.
It sells a selection of good quality vintage and second hand clothes, household and other items and seasonal products (Halloween, Christmas etc.)

The Kids Korner  has an extensive stock of nearly new children’s and babies clothes from newborn to age 14. It includes labels such as Laura Ashley, Monsoon and Next.
There is also a large selection of books, DVDs and videos, games, nursery equipment, toys and learning materials.

The Community Shop is run by volunteers with support from Arches staff. We are always on the look-out for more volunteers – both in the shop and sorting out donated goods including washing and ironing.

Opening hours are 9am to 5pm Mondays to Fridays and 10am- 3pm on Saturdays

Donations are always welcome – we will take just about anything as long as it is in reasonable condition. This includes electrical items and furniture for which we can arrange collection if required.


 #3 ReUse and Recycle Centre

Affordable Furniture, Electrical and Household goods

Helping the environment and supporting your local charity

incorporating ‘Men’s Shed’

Our new unit next to Rhayader museum is now open for business!
We will be restoring and selling second hand furniture at affordable prices, as well as larger household items
There is a wide range of electrical items from televisions to hair curlers.  All have been tested by a certified PAT tester.
As a new project we need plenty of goods to fill the space – so please give us a ring on 810921 if you have anything to offer and we will arrange collection or delivery to #3.

Initially #3 will be open two days a week  - Tuesdays from 10am to 1pm and Thursdays from 10am to 4pm  -  but we can sometimes arrange viewings at other times from The Arches.
Our intention is that #3 is run by volunteers with support from The Arches staff, so when we have enough volunteers we can open longer hours.

Volunteers Needed for #3

Calling all volunteer woodworkers, DIYers, upholsterers…..come and get involved in restoring second hand furniture for the community.

We also need people to serve customers and process the goods in and out, so if you have a few hours to spare, get involved with this exciting new project.  

Workshops at #3

We will be running a series of workshops in renovating furniture, painting in a vintage style, textile upcycling, woodturning, repair cafes, making items from recycled timber and whatever is wanted.
If you are interested in running or attending workshops, get in touch with Pippa at the Arches.

Men’s Shed

We are setting up a workshop area in #3 as part of the Men’s Shed movement  

“It gives me a reason to get up in the morning and for two days a week I feel I’m gainfully employed. I really feel good working with and helping chaps who often feel isolated in the community. I would need a very good reason not to come.”
A Men's Shed is a larger version of the typical man’s shed in the garden – a place where he feels at home and pursues practical interests with a high degree of autonomy. A Men's Shed offers this to a group of such men where members share the tools and resources they need to work on projects of their own choosing at their own pace and in a safe, friendly and inclusive venue. They are places of skill-sharing and informal learning, of individual pursuits and community projects, of purpose, achievement and social interaction. A place of leisure where men come together to work.

A Shed’s activities usually involve making or mending in wood (e.g. carpentry, joinery, turning, carving, whittling, furniture renovation) and may include activities as varied as bike repair, gardening, vehicle repair, tool renovation, upholstery, boat renovation, model engineering, milling, turning in plastics, etc. Reclamation, reuse and restoration will feature strongly – and some say that is true of the men too! Although Sheds mostly attract older men, some have included men of any age, women and young people. Whichever activities are pursued the essence of a Shed is not just a building but the network of relationships between the members.

Keep an eye on the website for dates of meeting and activities for #3 Men’s Shed