Volunteers fired up after a booming success at pop-up shop ‘Make Away’ in Brighton

The Make Away pop-up shop situated in Brighton has turned out to be a great success as hundreds of people visited it and left with their custom made T-shirts.

The initiative was started by Retail Ready People and its goal is to provide young people with the opportunity to set up their own shop in an empty unit in their home town.

Everyone who passed along Brighton’s Lanes stopped to take a look at the process of creating T-shirt prints.

Visitors had a chance to observe the entire process, order their custom T-shirt design or pick one of the pre-made designs created by popular artists in the area.

Volunteers treated their customers to free pizza and serenaded them with live music while they created their t-shirts and shopped for other items including artists’ prints and hand-made jewellery.

The Make Away pop-up shop, which is the first in a series of pop-ups shops as part of Retail Ready People organised by Retail Trust and vInspired, will be open Tuesdays to Sundays from 10am – 5pm for all of November.

Evening workshops will bring the space alive in the evening: button-covering, felting, jewellery-making and screen-printing. Find out more at www.make-away.com or on Twitter @make_away and #retailready, or to register your interest for the workshops, please call 07792 855 867.

To see photos from the launch of Make Away, see www.retailtrust.org.uk/makeaway or to view a video to see how it all works, visit www.youtube.com/retailtrust.

The next pop-up shop, Cosy Cove, as part of Retail Ready People will be opening in Enfield on 10 November at 11am where volunteers will be kitting out their public with essential toasty accessories like gloves, hoodies, and hats as well as skincare and homecare products from local suppliers.