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The owner of an upcycling shop, dedicated to the restoration and re-use of discarded items, has featured in an episode of BBC One's Money for Nothing.

Lottie's Emporium in Stanton, near Bury St Edmunds, is run by Karen Funston, who started it four years ago.

The store specialises in making furniture out of unwanted wares and materials, and is named after the owner's niece.

Karen Funston pictured by Suffolk News ahead of a Christmas fair in 2019
Karen Funston pictured by Suffolk News ahead of a Christmas fair in 2019

Mrs Funston said of her business: "I'm about upcycling, saving things from going in the landfill.

"I take lots of pieces, one-offs, and paint them, give them a new lease of life. It's all about recycling, really."

Money for Nothing, hosted by Jacqui Stanton, revolves around repurposing projects of the sort Mrs Funston specialises in.

An episode featuring Lottie's Emporium is set to air on BBC One next Tuesday at 2.15pm.

In Mrs Funston's segment, she will be working with a renovated table she has described as 'stunning'.

After taking an interest in the Emporium's work, the producers of Money for Nothing contacted Mrs Funston via social media.

Filming took place in 2021.

She said: "It's quite nice that the BBC have come and filmed locally.

"They contacted me via my InstaGram page over lockdown, but the programme is just coming out now."