Thifty idea to map out bar­gain trail

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

It is hoped find­ing a vin­tage trea­sure will be­come eas­ier thanks to a thrifty map con­ceived by a group of Plim­mer­ton busi­ness­women.

The ‘‘Ex­plore and Score’’ map points shop­pers to­wards 12 sec­ond- hand shops in Plim­mer­ton, Mana, Wai­tan­girua, Ti­tahi Bay, Kenepuru and the CBD, from op shops to vin­tage bou­tiques.

Copies of the map will be avail­able in in­for­ma­tion cen­tres and the shops them­selves, with print­ing costs cov­ered by Porirua City Coun­cil’s waste min­imi­sa­tion team, who were im­pressed by the scheme’s green cre­den­tials.

‘‘It’s about sav­ing money, find­ing ex­cit­ing bar­gains,’’ says Emma Wootton, one of the scheme’s founders.

Ms Wootton, who runs a garage sale-find­ing web­site, has spent nine months cre­at­ing Ex­plore and Score with vin­tage shop own­ers Lee Mclauch­lan and Kim Ko­bialko and gar­den­ing and com­post busi­ness owner Leanne Pe­labon.

The women took ad­van­tage of a surge in pop­u­lar­ity for sec­ond- hand shop­ping, Ms Wootton says.

‘‘It’s cool on three lev­els. The en­vi­ron­ment – that’s mo­ti­vat­ing peo­ple in­creas­ingly. It mat­ters to peo­ple’s bud­gets.

‘‘Peo­ple do it for their in­di­vid­ual rea­sons and it’s a way of ex­press­ing their own per­sonal

Stick­ers in shop win­dows will di­rect Porirua bar­gain-hunters along an ‘‘Ex­plore and Score’’ shop­ping trail de­vised by Plim­mer­ton busi­ness­women. From left, Leanne Pe­labon, Kim Ko­bialko and Emma Wootton. abil­ity and style.’’

Porirua is a test case. The women in­tend to make sim­i­lar maps in Welling­ton and the Hutt, then take it na­tion­wide.

‘‘It shows peo­ple the whole of Porirua. A lot of peo­ple come to the city and say ‘is that it?’’’ co-cre­ator Leanne Pe­labon says.

To win a $240 sec­ond-hand shop­ping spree, email ex­plore­and­ with a sug­gested name for their cheeky kea mas­cot.

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