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