Thanks to a growing group of savvy sellers, Instagram is becoming the best place to bag a vintage bargain. Here are eight of our favourite feeds to follow
Instagram shops to follow for fabulous vintage bargains
Papamoa’s Natasha Murray has been sharing her love of wicker, wood and pottery on Instagram since late last year. The mother of three, and longtime vintage lover, also makes upcycled children’s bedding from retro fabrics, which she sells over at @mossandfernnz.
It’s a family affair for Lorna-jen
Crallan, who runs her natural-fibre and furniture-filled shop with help from her whānau, while studying full time. “Village life back in the Philippines, where our family hails from, inspired us to make the page,” says Lorna-jen, who lives in Otahuhu, Auckland.
Fleur Roelants-Kingsbeer and her partner, Gareth McDonald, run their shop alongside full-time work in aged care (Fleur) and sales (Gareth). “We love reusing all the great products of the past,” say the Northcote, Aucklandbased pair, who favour cane, velvet and wood.
Avid op-shopper Olivia McGusty is passionate about reusing and repurposing. Her feed features blush tones, collectable ceramics and unique accessories. The Rangiora, Canterbury ’grammer sells vintage part time, while working on graphic design, embroidery and other creative pursuits.
Stephanie Uttley of Mt Maunganui runs her shop as a creative outlet alongside a full-time nursing job. Pretty pastel tones pop up in her cane-filled feed, as well as the odd piece of clothing. Profits support her voluntary medical missions overseas, “so every purchase is going towards a good cause”.
Christchurch mum Emily Barrett loves restoring pieces and giving them a new home. Her Insta shop “stemmed from a love of seeking out ‘nuggets of gold’ which people no longer treasure”. New stock drops monthly: look out for light fittings, wicker furniture, wall hangings and more.
Stay-at-home mum Kristin Scheibe started Hilde + Hü as a homage to her German grandmother. Quality before quantity is the motto of the busy Oamaru seller, who also has a Trade Me shop for her colourful pottery, children’s clothing and other eclectic offerings.
Our cover star, Auckland-based Ron Goh, aka @mrcigar, has gathered more than 20,000 followers on Instagram for his perfectly curated, plant-filled abode. Now he has a secondhand finds page, Mr Homebody, selling wicker and wooden pieces and botanics, so you can start your own urban jungle.