A charity which travels the North East offering second hand items for 5p says demand for the service has risen sharply.
St Cuthbert's Care sells clothes, bedding, toys and books from a converted bus. It now stops at 200 locations every month, from Amble and Haltwhistle in Northumberland to Teesside.
The charity says it's seeing a big increase in the number of people visiting the bus. It says some families who were once comfortably off are now struggling on limited budgets.
The charity says there are several benefits to running the shop from a bus. Costs are lower than being based in a building. Secondly, the bus can target the places in greatest need. Despite this, St Cuthbert's Care says the rising cost of fuel is putting a strain on its costs.
The '5p Bus', as it's known, is stocked entirely by donations from schools, churches and businesses.
The charity says that by charging a small price for each item, customers feel they are still making a purchase, rather than being given a free hand-out.
Anyone wanting more information can call 0191 228 0111 or visit www.stcuthbertscare.org.uk