Happy birthday to us – have a bargain to celebrate, says Berkhamsted charity shop

Don't all rush at once: the shop is offering a 10 per cent discount to mark its first birthday
Don't all rush at once: the shop is offering a 10 per cent discount to mark its first birthday

A furniture store which helps fund the Northchurch-based Hospice Of St Francis is one year old on Monday – and to mark the anniversary all prices are being slashed by 10 per cent for the day.

Returned to Glory in Northbridge Road, Berkhamsted – described by the hospice team as a ‘stylish and aspirational pre-loved furniture emporium’’ – was set up to sell larger goods and furniture items donated to help the hospice care for people living with life-limiting illness.

Over the past 12 months it has become a cult destination selling everything from mirrors to furniture, rugs to ceramics and pictures to lighting, combining country style, vintage looks and shabby chic with designer furniture and furnishings from brands like Ercol, Sanderson and G Plan.

Led by manager Francesca Alden who has over 10 years interior design experience, the team of staff and 20 volunteers have an eye for design, advising customers on the latest looks.

The showroom is also making a name for itself as a creative hub with a regular workshop programme. This includes a one-day Big Knit Workshop with international designer Ingrid Wagner on Sunday, October 6, plus crochet and Christmas stocking bunting workshops scheduled for November.

Francesa said: “Returned to Glory is a treasure trove. We never know what is going to come through our door and have been overwhelmed by the response to the store both in terms of the high standard of donations received and its popularity with customers. There is a real community feel here with lots of regular of all ages coming in to browse the ever-changing stock and to chat, mingling with those who’ve just discovered us.

“We’ve sold some wonderful pieces over the last 12 months and my personal highlight was a Dansette 50s record player which a woman bought for her father for Father’s Day, plus our hugely-popular furnishing sale in March when people queued outside the door just to get in!”

Hospice director Ros Taylor said: “I’m hugely grateful to our Retail team who had the vision to set up Returned to Glory one year ago. In this fast-spending consumer age, it’s comforting to know that pre-loved vintage pieces of furniture are being given new life and helping us raise valuable income to fund our work with those who require hospice care.”

The shop is open seven days a week, from 10am to 5pm Monday to Saturday, with an extra hour until 6pm on Thursday, and from 10.30am to 4.30pm on Sunday.