Legacy of a bygone era
Retro clothing never went out of style, finds Rebecca Mauger
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.