Support at Shabby Chic

Shabby Chic and Unique is not just an upcycling shop but a place for support.
Shabby Chic and Unique is not just an upcycling shop but a place for support.

An inspirational woman who has fought adversity in her life has opened a community shop which incorporates both her passion of upcycling and provides a base for a range of support.

Michelle Elliston opened up her Shabby Chic & Unique shop at its former base at 38 Roman Bank, Skegness just over three months ago, but has since moved to 125 Drummond Road, and has been completely overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and interest from the public.

“I opened this shop to combine both my love of upcycling, DIY and craft but also my passion, which is providing somewhere for the community to access mental health support, advice regarding domestic abuse, how to start again after leaving a women’s refuge and I would like to thank the family of Albert and Muriel Archer who kindly gave us so much and helped to get the shop going,” said Michelle.

Michelle has high hopes for the new site in Drummond Road. She has created a front of house shop, incorporating antique nick nacks, shabby chic collectables and just like her former site, has given over spaces to small personal businesses.

“I want to help people get started on their own business. We have a lady who makes soaps who is just 14 and another who is 84 that paints, plus others,” added Michelle.

A craft room has been created with a whole timetable of events for all ages wishing to learn about knitting, quilting, upcycling furniture and much more.

Michelle has also created The Living Room, which will provide the quiet, cosy space for individuals to gain support regarding mental health.

“I’ve been working really hard with the authorities to get professional support in for a range of needs such as domestic abuse support, advice for parents with children with ADHD, and advice regarding counselling for children without them having to travel out of town,” added Michelle.

If the coffee mornings are a success, an outreach worker from East Lindsey Domestic Support could be set to help from October.

Michelle is also hoping to hold a series of fundraising events in aid of Barnados.

For details about craft, volunteering, or a business space, call 078563 47372 or visit the Facebook page at Shabby Chic & Unique.