Hunting for lost bunting
An Auckland woman is hunting for her heirloom bunting after it was accidentally sold at an expo.
Suzanne Kendrick lent the homemade bunting to the Auckland City Mission to spruce up their stall at the Green Living Expo at ASB Showgrounds on July 3.
However, the string of flags was accidentally sold for $10 to a show visitor and it hasn’t been seen since.
‘‘Their stand was really woeful so I asked them if they wanted to use it.’’
‘‘I’ve lent it out 100 times and they always come back,’’ Kendrick says.
The 10-metre-long bunting was made by Kendrick and her mother and included pieces of sentimental fabrics.
‘‘It has fabrics from my kids’ clothes, was used at the funeral for a friend who died of cancer and my mother’s old fabrics stored in the cupboard for years,’’ she says.
The bunting has been missing for over two weeks now and it still has not shown up.
Kendrick turned to website Neighbourly.co.nz to attempt to get the flags returned but no one has come forward.
She started making the bunting as a hobby which has now turned into a new business.
She up-cycles textiles to make the flags.
‘‘The bunting got used all the time for all events: weddings, funerals, birthday and I started to get feedback it wasn’t so good outside.’’ Kendrick started looking for material that was waterproof.
‘‘I had this idea to use old billboards and what I’ve found with this business waste is that it’s a dirty little secret and businesses don’t want people to know that most of it goes to the tip.’’
She even has flags made out of the old banners from Auckland Council which were used along Queen St.
However it’s the shabby-chic one with used fabric that she wants back.
Bunting was originally manufactured in the turn of the 17th century and used for making ribbons and signal flags for the Royal Navy.
Today bunting is a festive decoration which is typically formed from by a string of colourful triangular flags.
Email Kendrick at email@example.com to get in touch.
Suzanne Kendrick is still on the hunt for her missing bunting.