Get back to the old days in the small country towns of Selwyn with their quaint main streets. Wander through Leeston or Darfield and look for the best quality second hand and vintage stores. These shops give clothing and household items a second life, mixing environmental sustainability with individual style.
polkadotcom is a little recycled clothing boutique on the main street of Darfield, helping people to 'Be your own kind of Beautiful'. Their passion for sustainable fashion practices combined with creativity is what makes polkadotcom one of a kind. Kerri, the owner, saw a gap in the market between the waste of High Street fashion and the stigma of what op shopping (op shop smell, but good items to use) can bring. She wanted to join the two to create a perfect blend of recycling with the creativity of fashion, trend and individuality. Kerri is also a trained stylist who has been doing workshops and wardrobe consultations for the last two years.
Hours: Wednesday–Friday 10am–5pm and Saturday 10am–1pm
The personal touch and good quality fashion are what makes Loft Pre-loved Clothing Boutique different. Owner Bridget brought her passion for pre-loved clothing shopping to life in her loft in Tai Tapu. She only stocks designer labels in current styles. It’s a fun place to shop and almost feels like a clothes swap. Owner Bridget has worked as a personal stylist, which gives her the knowledge to help people select the colours and styles for their body shape.
Hours: Thursday–Saturday 10am–3pm
Twice as Nice
Snugly tucked away in Burnham, Twice As Nice is a thrift shop packed with quality furniture, pre-loved clothing, shoes, books, toys, homewares and merchandise. It is completely run by volunteers with love. The shop is a winner of the Lincoln Envirotown Responsible Business Awards for environmentally sustainable business practises. The profits go back into the Burnham community and the organisation will also sell goods on behalf with a 50/50 split.
Hours: Tuesday–Thursday 10am–5pm and the 1st Sunday of every month 3pm–5pm
On The Plus Side
Stop in at this boutique clothing store for women in Prebbleton. The shop stocks both new and pre-loved clothing in sizes 14 to 26. Kristy, the owner, prides herself on giving the personal service and advice women need before purchasing. She wants all women to feel beautiful and stylish. All new stock is only New Zealand made and designed.
Hours: Thursday and Friday 10am–4pm and Saturday 10am–2pm
On the Plus Side
Salvation Army Store
The family store in Rolleston always has great bargains. Browse the good quality clothing, furniture, household goods, toys and books. The shop is light and airy and there is plenty of parking available. Getting everyday items at a low price can provide relief for tight household budgets. Profits from the goods and clothing sold support their community work.
Hours: Monday–Friday 9am–4pm and Saturday 9.30am–3pm
Based in a tiny shop in the Hororata Hall, Carol and her volunteers will give you a warm welcome. Carol’s Closet sells great brands of pre-loved women’s clothing, shoes and handbags. All clothing is donated and the team eliminates everything that isn’t stylish, leaving only beautiful items that deserve to be worn. Everything is steam cleaned. There is a rack of 18+ clothes because Carol believes it shouldn’t be difficult for people to access fashionable clothing in all sizes. You’ll also find a little free library in a fridge. All proceeds from sales go to St Johns Parish. Fill a bag for $5 from the chest.
Phone 03 318 0880
Hours: Tuesday–Thursday 11am–2pm
High Street Collectables
Wander the High Street of Leeston and discover a shop full of vintage products. Started up five years ago by two sisters who used to sell at a shabby chic market, High Street Collectables sells homewares and furniture sourced from markets, garage sales and church fairs. Their rustic garden products are popular at the moment, like old wheels and statues, garden seats and tables. The owners have a real passion for beautiful old products and would love to buy your vintage items.
Hours: Thursday–Sunday 10am–4:30pm
High Street Collectables