Finder’s Fi A be­gin­ner’s guide to op-shop­ping and up­cy­cling

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New to sec­ond­hand shop­ping and un­sure what to look for? Keep your eyes peeled for qual­ity, New Zealand-made items that will stand the test of time.

1 In­stead of buy­ing a re­pro­duc­tion mid­cen­tury arm­chair, pur­chase one made here in the 1950s. New Zealand brands

Jon Jansen, Don Fur­ni­ture, Danske Møbler and Backhouse made so­phis­ti­cated, Scandinavian-style fur­ni­ture in the 1950s and ’60s (the lat­ter two are still pro­duc­ing fur­ni­ture to­day). Look out for pieces by these brands at vin­tage stores and on Trade Me.


New Zealand-made woollen blan­kets are in plen­ti­ful sup­ply at op-shops. They’re warm, come in an ar­ray of beau­ti­ful colours and are of­ten in great con­di­tion.


There’s an abun­dance of vin­tage New Zealand crock­ery in op-shops. Look for iconic styles by lo­cal com­pa­nies Crown Lynn and Te­muka Pot­tery (which is still in busi­ness to­day).

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