A bridesmaid outfit for $84? How consignment shops take the wrestle out of second-hand garments

If sifting by way of op retailers feels somewhat overwhelming however sustainable style is in your radar, consignment shops could be the reply.

And a brand new one has simply popped up in North Canterbury, including to the plethora of pre-loved clothes shops within the area.

Re.Clotheme proprietor Michelle Anderton stated second hand garments procuring was an actual “now factor” because it was common to be conscious and sustainable.

Michelle Anderton’s pre-loved fashion store, Re.ClotheMe in Oxford sells clothing and accessories on behalf of customers who no longer reach for the items in their wardrobe.


Michelle Anderton’s pre-loved style retailer, Re.ClotheMe in Oxford sells clothes and accessories on behalf of shoppers who now not attain for the objects of their wardrobe.

“These garments simply have to be liked once more.”

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Consignment shops depend on individuals taking their undesirable however well-looked after garments in, and in trade for each merchandise of theirs offered, they’re given a reduce of the income.

Based mostly within the coronary heart of Oxford township, 40-minutes drive from Christchurch, Anderton stated since opening Re.Clotheme in October, her retailer had been “very busy, significantly on weekends” because of the “vacation spot drivers” which incorporates World Well-known Sheffield Pies, quirky eateries and quaint reward shops.

Opening the everlasting web site got here after launching the shop in a portacom constructing at her property in February “to gauge an curiosity and construct up a following”.

Simply eight months later, these small beginnings paid off, and now she sells from within the township and on-line.

Usedfully is on a mission to create a viable textile recycling resolution in New Zealand to assist divert 220,000 tonnes of textiles from landfill annually.

Re.clotheme provides to a variety of independently-owned consignment shops across the area together with Envie, Time and Once more Sumner, Fashion Me, Lasting Labels, Nifty Markets, To Be Continued Pre-Liked, and ReLove Clothes.

Causes for pre-loved procuring, embody discovering issues that go well with your personal style fairly than what’s in style within the excessive avenue, cut price costs and easing the quantity of clothes going to landfill.

Textile waste is among the nation’s quickest rising waste streams – an estimated 220,000 tonnes of textiles going to landfill yearly.

Wear Else owner Tracy Jones has fashion in her blood, following in the footsteps of her father who had a passion for clothes, and her grandma who owned a dress shop in the 1950s.


Put on Else proprietor Tracy Jones has style in her blood, following within the footsteps of her father who had a ardour for garments, and her grandma who owned a gown store within the Nineteen Fifties.

Mini Moocher proprietor, Kelly Dobby stated her retailer with the quirky title had been in numerous websites round Addington for greater than 25 years, all the time protecting its title.

However the retailer had an unknown previous that had Dobby, and lots of others, scratching their heads.

Although the shop had modified fingers a couple of occasions all through its years, it was sure a Canadian girl and her daughter had opened it, she stated.

Emelia Scott shops at Nifty a vintage clothing market which recently opened a store in Christchurch’s Cashel St.


Emelia Scott retailers at Nifty a classic clothes market which lately opened a retailer in Christchurch’s Cashel St.

“One thing tragic occurred within the household, they usually offered it.”

A thriller she hadn’t been capable of resolve, she stated.

It hasn’t left a hex on the shop although, seeing it so common, Dobby needed to flip garments away as a result of she didn’t have room.

She stated many individuals shopped at consignment shops to avoid wasting the “rummaging by way of” clothes at op retailers, and a few have been wanting “increased finish” objects seeing some head there for his or her cup day apparel, mother-of-the-bride outfits or perhaps a bridesmaid gown.

A buyer lately purchased her bridesmaid gown and footwear from Dobby as a result of “she was allowed to decide on no matter she wished” with only a restriction on colors. She spent simply $84 on a gown and footwear, Dobby stated.

The widespread thread of pre-loved clothes retailer house owners is their ardour for locating second hand gems and giving them a brand new lease of life, and for one such proprietor, the fervour for style is in her blood.

Put on Else proprietor Tracy Jones​ was shaken from her web site within the metropolis through the earthquakes after simply three years, nevertheless it didn’t cease her buying and selling from her storage for the subsequent six years earlier than settling at The Tannery in Woolston.

Jones stated she had all the time been into second hand procuring since being a teen in Canada, impressed by her dad who would nip to the US for a store.

Her father’s mum additionally had a gown store within the Nineteen Fifties in Vancouver Island.

“It’s all the time been there, style, make-up, the whole lot”, inspiring her since she was younger, she stated.

“I all the time had it at the back of my thoughts, finally opening up a store, and at last I did after years of working in retail.”

Put on Else focuses on what’s “on development”, “good labels” and pure fibre materials together with cottons and linens, she stated.

“We wish to have selection for everyone. Not each buyer goes to wish to pay $100 for a Trelise Cooper​ [garment].”

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