A gar­den of trea­sures

Havelock North Village Press - - Front Page - BY LINDA HALL

A trea­sure shop has popped up in Have­lock North. It’s called The Gar­den Place and it’s full of vin­tage and an­tique trea­sures sourced by its own­ers, Chad and Peter Gibbs.

The cou­ple went on a trea­sure search around Eng­land to an­tique fairs and recla­ma­tion yards hunt­ing out their booty to bring back to Hawke’s Bay.

Ev­ery item in this pop up shop is unique.

“I don’t have shelves of the same item out the back in a store­room,” laughs Chad.

“I do have items in the store room but they are all one-offs.”

Chad was born and bred in Hawke’s Bay and loves the area. Gar­den­ing was her pro­fes­sion but with a “bro­ken body” she looked to put her skills in an­other di­rec­tion,

“I love gar­den­ing and I love old things so com­bin­ing the two was easy,” she said.

“And off course I love flow­ers so most of the items in the shop have flow­ers on them.

“Af­ter all who doesn’t love flow­ers — the scent of them, the fact that ev­ery year they come back, They are just beau­ti­ful.” It is the cou­ple’s first ven­ture into re­tail busi­ness and they are thor­oughly en­joy­ing it.

“I’m re­ally en­joy­ing the in­ter­ac­tion with cus­tomers and watch­ing the de­light as they dis­cover some­thing spe­cial. When you take some­thing home from here it’s get­ting its third or fourth lease on life. It’s giv­ing plea­sure to an­other owner and that’s re­ally nice.”

Sit­u­ated be­side Tumu Tim­bers, in Have­lock North, in the old bak­ery, The Gar­den Shop is a de­light. I just couldn’t help pick­ing things up, ex­am­in­ing them and ex­claim­ing about how beau­ti­ful they were.

There are flow­ers every­where you look, in frames, in books and on and in jugs and vases. If you de­cide to buy some­thing that is full of flow­ers you get to take them home as well. There are also planters that will add in­stant in­ter­est to any gar­den. This shop is dif­fer­ent.

The Gar­den Shop is open through spring and sum­mer from Wed­nes­day to Sun­day, 10.30am to 4.30pm. There’s plenty of off-road park­ing.

PHO­TOS / WAR­REN

Chad Gibbs and her hus­band Peter have opened a pop-up shop in Have­lock North called The Gar­den Mar­ket.

The Gar­den Mar­ket is full of vin­tage and an­tique trea­sures.

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