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Cone Exchange Summer Holidays

Hi Everyone
Final opening day – Thursday 27th July 10am-8pm.
Re-open                 – Tuesday 12th September at 10am
Somehow we are already 3/4 of the way through July and the schools are breaking up. Here at the Cone Exchange, we’ve been so busy keeping the shop stocked with all of your amazing donations, recruiting 14 new fantastic volunteers and spending time with you, our lovely customers it feels like it was only Easter a couple of weeks ago!

However it’s time for us to take a break to recharge the batteries and do some work behind the scenes. But the good news is, you have one more week to top up your stash! We are open on Tuesday 25th, Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th as normal and we hope to see you then.

We will be running our stick and fix workshops at the Tockwith Show on Sunday 6th August and also at the Burley Festival on Tuesday 22nd August. Please do pop along for a fantastic day out and to say “Hi”.

We wish everyone a very happy, crafty and productive summer and look forward to welcoming you back on Tuesday 12th September.
Best wishes from Chris, Sarah, Carolyn and the gang!

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Turning Over A New Leaf

We are thrilled to have launched a new partnership with the Yorkshire Dales Millenium Trust to plant new trees in the Yorkshire Dales through the sales of paper, card and other papercrafting materials in our craft recycling shop. The launch sees the planting of 300 new trees this year, with a further 400 planned over the next two years.

“As a business, we’re really excited to combine our local environmental and community work with our long-term passion for trees, by creating our own Cone Exchange Wood,” says Chris Powell, our Community Champion who runs the project. “We’re thrilled that the money raised will be used to create a project that our volunteers and customers can visit to see first-hand the impact these trees will have,”he continues.

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Love is in the air, part four: Mother of the Bride

One of our most regular customers wanted her daughter to have something extra special to carry down the aisle that she could keep to pass on to future generations. Using a variety of materials and embellishments from her own stash topped up with some extras from the Cone Exchange she created this beautiful horseshoe with her daughter’s name and the wedding date on the back. A truly beautiful and unique wedding gift.


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Love is in the air. Part two: Jo and Kevin

Jo is one of our best customers so it seems very fitting that her wedding to Kevin was a homemade vintage style celebration with lots of finishing touches from the Cone Exchange.

Jo says: ‘So much of this handmade wedding was made possible because of inspiration from The Cone Exchange. All the personal touches we could add because of it being handmade will be treasured forever – and also our family and friends got involved with the makes and that made it even more special. Below are just a few of the examples of what we made.’

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Love is in the air. Part one: Anna & Colin

Over the past few weeks we have had a number of customers visit the shop looking for inspiration for their weddings. Some are getting married soon, others have only just got engaged but all are looking for ideas and themes for their big day.  If you are looking for something different or are a keen recycler then we might just have some ideas for you. Look out for the next few installments all showing how you can recycle and repurpose Cone Exchange materials as part of your celebrations.

As you may remember from last Summer Anna shared snaps of her wedding planning using recycled materials from the Cone Exchange including beautiful handmade wedding invitations. Here are just a few of the lovely pictures she shared with us of her wedding day.

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Well Done Monty

We were thrilled to be part of one of our younger customers efforts in successfully applying for a Blue Peter ‘Green’ Badge. Monty had visited the Cone Exchange with his mum and took inspiration from the items that our volunteers had made from recycled materials. Taking away material and felt offcuts Monty created this lovely Blue Peter cushion and wrote a letter explaining where he had got the idea from.

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Last call for Christmas

With only 12 sleeps to go till Christmas it’s almost time for the Cone Exchange to close for the school holidays. There is just one week for you to stock up on junk modelling materials for the kids or gift boxes for wrapping up your goodies. You may even have time for some last minute Christmas crafting like one of our crafty customers, Emma, who created this lovely festive wreath over the weekend.


The Cone Exchange will be closed from Thursday 15th December until Tuesday 3rd  January 2017.

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Christmas cheer

Christmas came early for Year 9 pupils at King James School, Knaresborough as they created their entry into the Christmas tree festival at St John’s church This year’s tree came with an unusual mesasage – recycling! Made with Cone Exchange materials the Christmas tree was to raise awareness of recycling at a time of year when so much packaging, wrapping paper and food is wasted.


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Alien invasion

Nadene Chloe Alien

A last minute plea from her young daughter brought our colleague Nadene Wilkinson, Corporate Sales Manager at Bettys by Post,  dashing across to the Cone Exchange for some craft supplies to make an alien costume for nursery the following day. Using materials from our Creative Play room Nadene transformed Chloe into a very sparkly creature from space!

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Twinkle, twinkle

Karen Evans Stars over Bethlehem

Karen Evans shared this picture of Ripley Church ready for Christmas 2015. CDs that had been given away with newspapers or magazines can’t be sold by charity shops, so frequently end up in landfill. The Cone Exchange takes these CDs and finds new uses for them such as clocks or bird scarers for allotments. CDs were also turned into twinkling stars and formed part of this ‘Stars of Bethlehem’ installation.


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