Op shop chic pop­u­lar

Pop­u­lar con­test now spread­ing na­tion­wide

Hamilton Metro News - - Front Page -

We’re giv­ing peo­ple of all ages the chance to work to­gether to re­pur­pose items. Shirley Collins Pres­by­te­rian Sup­port

A na­tional op shop com­pe­ti­tion is invit­ing Te Awa­mutu to turn char­ity store items into un­recog­nis­able cre­ations.

Pres­by­te­rian Sup­port East Coast launched the com­pe­ti­tion in Hawke’s Bay two years ago to en­cour­age shop­ping at lo­cal char­ity stores.

And af­ter huge pub­lic in­ter­est the com­pe­ti­tion has gone na­tion­wide.

There are six cat­e­gories: Book Worm— lib­er­ate a book from the shelf, Sur­prise Us— trans­form an item from its orig­i­nal pur­pose, Shabby Chic It— re­fur­bish a fur­ni­ture item, Re­work It— trans­form a piece of cloth­ing, Do­mes­tic God­dess— whip your kitchen gad­gets into whim­si­cal cre­ations, and Hat Trick— cre­ate an as­ton­ish­ing hat (a cat­e­gory just for chil­dren).

Win­ners will be an­nounced at a Love your Op Shop day at Pres­by­te­rian Sup­port East Coast’s Napier char­ity store on Satur­day, Au­gust 19.

Prizes will be awarded to the six cat­e­gory win­ners, the peo­ple’s choice win­ner and the over­all win­ner.

Over­all win­ner gets $500, the peo­ple’s choice prize is $250. Cat­e­gory 1 prize is $100, cat­e­gories 2-5 prizes are $200 each and cat­e­gory 6 prize is $75 each— there are two age groups.

All en­tries will be on dis­play and there will be demon­stra­tions and work­shops to en­joy.

“Re­de­fine is about giv­ing new mean­ing and use to some­thing that some­one else no longer needed or wanted,” says Pres­by­te­rian Sup­port East Coast head of mar­ket­ing Shirley Collins.

“We’re giv­ing peo­ple of all ages the chance to work to­gether to re­pur­pose items,” she says. “You can pur­chase an item from any char­ity shop across New Zealand and chal­lenge your­self to give it a new lease of life through using your own imag­i­na­tion, in­ge­nu­ity and tal­ent.”

En­tries are open now un­til July 31. Com­pe­ti­tion en­tries range from $10 to $30 and en­try forms are avail­able at www. re­de­fine.net.nz.

Tick­ets are avail­able from www.re­de­fine.net.nz and are $10 per per­son with a gold coin on the day for chil­dren un­der 15. All funds raised in the event go to sup­port­ing Pres­by­te­rian Sup­port East Coast so­cial ser­vices.

RE­DE­FINE 2016 win­ner Carla Allen, of Hast­ings, with her Shabby Chic It winning cre­ation.

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