Legacy of a by­gone era

Retro cloth­ing never went out of style, finds Re­becca Mauger

Bay of Plenty Times - - Indulge December -

Some fash­ion­istas may think retro is on trend right now. “But it never went out,” Terry Heath says. Terry, from Turn­ing Point Trust, op­er­ates the new fundrais­ing shop Retro & Mod at His­toric Vil­lage.

Terry is pas­sion­ate about the cloth­ing which in­cludes a hefty range of retro and vin­tage clothes — straight from the 1950s and 60s.

“We are do­ing this be­cause oth­er­wise the clothes will end up in land­fill. All of it is a legacy of a by­gone era.

“You will never see qual­ity and crafts­man­ship of gar­ments like this again. They are time­less. An item of cloth­ing may be from 1962 but it will still be in fash­ion.”

Terry points out the mass pro­duced store cloth­ing is usu­ally ready to be thrown out af­ter a few years — but not this stuff.

Turn­ing Point Trust, which helps peo­ple with men­tal ill­ness and ad­dic­tion, has an es­tab­lished sis­ter store, Rusty Man­nequin, sell­ing sec­ond-hand mod­ern women’s cloth­ing. It also runs a bag sale where pun­ters pay $5 to fill a bag with cloth­ing, linen, shoes and other items, on ev­ery Thurs­day morn­ing.

The staff were notic­ing more retro clothes be­ing do­nated and de­cided to open a store ded­i­cated to retro and vin­tage gear. They have been open for about a month.

“Ev­ery­thing is used, noth­ing is wasted,” Terry says.

The store is vol­un­teer-run and the aim is for clients to help man the shop.

Retro & Mod also of­fers mod­ern clothes as well as teapot cov­ers, linen, doilies, hand­made items and more.

Qual­ity items are wel­come at the store or Turn­ing Point Trust can pick up if need be.

Retro & Mod and the Rusty Man­nequin is lo­cated at the His­toric Vil­lage, en­try through the sec­ond gate.

Terry Heath in the new vin­tage and sec­ond-hand shop Retro & Mod.

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