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New Haverhill shop sells recycled property clearance items, many with an intriguing backstory




A business owner who has been involved in the clearance trade for years has opened a shop that is, quite aptly, marketing itself with the slogan ‘Haverhill’s Aladdin’s Cave’.

Situated next to Practical Car and Van Rental in the Charter House Trading Estate in Sturmer Road (better known locally as Sturmer Arches), Recycled Items opened its doors on April 12.

For the past two-and-a-half years, owner Andrew Jinks has operated a property clearance business called The Clearance Van - although he has been in the trade for a number of years.

Recycled Items owner Andrew Jinks and his partner Debbie at the shop.Picture by Mecha Morton
Recycled Items owner Andrew Jinks and his partner Debbie at the shop.Picture by Mecha Morton

But now he has branched out into retail, helped by his partner Debbie.

He said: “I do clearances for a living so instead of throwing stuff out, as a lot of it goes to waste, we have decided to recycle it.

“I suppose you could describe it as a posh charity shop.

The everything is £1 wall at Recycled Items in Haverhill. Picture: Mecha Morton
The everything is £1 wall at Recycled Items in Haverhill. Picture: Mecha Morton

“We recycle anything and everything. From cups and saucers to ornaments to TVs and sofas. Anything.”

Andrew, who lives in Haverhill, carries out clearances from, he said ‘ anything’, a gamut that includes full houses, sheds, garages and businesses - and in some cases the properties cleared carry a colourful backstory.

He said: “Often things are in very very good condition.

Inside Recycled Items in Haverhill. Picture: Mecha Morton
Inside Recycled Items in Haverhill. Picture: Mecha Morton

“There are very few jobs where there is not something that can be recycled.

“My partner has said ‘I can’t believe people are throwing this stuff away’.

“You get all sorts, you get rubbish as well, that’s part of the job. We have done everything, from crack dens to murder scenes to cannabis farm houses, all sorts. There is always something there.”

Recycled Items in Haverhill has opened. Picture: Mecha Morton
Recycled Items in Haverhill has opened. Picture: Mecha Morton

Initially, said Andrew, he only enquired about using the building for storage, but ended up opening a shop, and in the first week he had a ‘good response’ from the public,

The shop, which is only currently open from Thursday to Sunday, features a wall of items on which everything is just £1 and has a range including clothing, antiques and collectibles, electrical items, furniture, jewellery, ceramics and porcelain and gardening items.

The shop can be found on Facebook at @TCVrecycleditems and on the internet at www.recycleditems.co.uk.

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