Welcome to Proper Job

Devon’s leading community re-use centre.

Launched in 1995, Proper Job is one of the UK’s first community reuse centres nestled on the northeast edge of Dartmoor in Devon. We are a not-for-profit and co-operative enterprise that aims to keep reusable items away from landfills, by putting them on sale in an Aladdin’s cave of pre-loved treasures.

Everything from baths, crockery and clothes to garden furniture and building materials can be bought by you at a fraction of their original cost, meaning you not only save money but also go some way to leading a more environmentally friendly lifestyle.

We are fiercely committed to principles of sustainability and local job creation. Our mission is to develop more UK initiatives around conservation, waste management and recycling of the earth’s resources. You are invited to join training sessions and skill sharing workshops. We offer those to promote the benefits of reusing, recycling and reducing in this modern age. All in all we are a genuine community based resource centre.

They have a huge selection of products

My favourite is children’s clothing for my son. When he was born, we bought pretty much everything we needed from Proper Job. And now he is growing so fast, we buy his clothes and shoes here as well. He loves to have a look around himself, so I bring him often when I come to browse.

I am a ‘charity shop-person’

I recycle, re-new and only throw things away if nobody else can use it. I’ve always been like that. That ‘s why I pick up things at Proper Job. I can afford to do more of the things I enjoy with the money I save.

Proper Job offers good quality products

It is very varied in what you can find, they have a big selection of everyday stuff. I enjoy the experience of purchasing items, it is exciting that you never know what you might find. I believe that putting money in to something local is important, so it provides local employment too.

Proper Job has a universal appeal

Something for everyone. I have used it for my family and home, my business, my allotment and recently my wedding. Everything from design and decoration to display and detail, even the fabric for customising my dress. Proper Job is part of my lifestyle and as such I find myself very loyal to the place.

I can always find something that I can use ...

even if it is not what I was looking for. The things you don’t expect to find, are the most rewarding. When I visit PJ I always buy something. You can’t be at PJ and not find something to purchase.

They have a huge selection of products. My favourite is children’s clothing for my son. When he was born, we bought pretty much everything we needed from Proper Job. And now he is growing so fast, we buy his clothes and shoes here as well. He loves to have a look around himself, so I bring him often when I come to browse.

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We enjoyed Chagstock a lot

Thanks to a blustery start on Friday the 21st of July we sold a lot of socks, waterproof clothing and wellies and made sure the festival visitors were warm and cosy.

Visit our warm and friendly community café where healthy and organic produce rule the roost.


The Courtyard Café and Shop is part of the Proper Job Cooperative. Positioned in the heart of Chagford it is a community hub. It is a great place to shop for fresh organic vegetables and wholefoods and to relax with a delicious coffee and a slice of cake.

The Courtyard is the perfect place to come and see what’s happening in the local area, whilst enjoying a satisfying combination of great food and friendly service!

Visit our warm and friendly community café where healthy and organic produce rule the roost.


The Courtyard Café and Shop is part of the Proper Job Cooperative. Positioned in the heart of Chagford it is a community hub. It is a great place to shop for fresh organic vegetables and wholefoods and to relax with a delicious coffee and a slice of cake.

The Courtyard is the perfect place to come and see what’s happening in the local area, whilst enjoying a satisfying combination of great food and friendly service!

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