Top Tip

11 January, 2008

If you're strapped for cash after a big splurge at Christmas but want to give your shop a bit of a renovation, check out . It's a site I stumbled across on



Day when I was looking for some cheap bookshelves to display my ever-increasing wine range. Freecycle is an e-mail list where people give away things that they no longer need . It's about reus ing and keeping good stuff out of landfills. I've managed to lay my hands on masses of great stuff like fold-away tasting tables, a comfy sofa for my customers, some retro Champagne flutes and a wine rack. It also means I can give the shop a spring

clean and give all my clutter to a good home.

John Brandon, Jasmine Wines,


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