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(Op)shop ‘til you drop in Manawatū

Have you ever felt the thrill of finding a vintage clothing gem, at the fraction of its original price? It’s a feeling that seasoned op-shoppers know very well – and with a curious mind, a keen eye, and a little bit of luck, you too can score the perfect pre-loved piece to add to your wardrobe. 

From clothing to accessories, second-hand homewares to furnishings, embark on a treasure hunt and see what one-of-a-kind items you’ll discover. Whether you’re an op-shop newbie, or ‘thrifty’ is your middle name, here’s some of Manawatū’s top spots where you can score a bargain, support local communities, and do your bit for the environment.

Manchester House Opportunity Shop

This Feilding store is constantly humming with savvy local op-shoppers looking to top up their wardrobes with high-quality, well-priced clothing. Don’t leave without checking out their vintage room, full of stunning retro pieces. Find something for yourself or to treat someone special in your life, knowing that your purchases are going towards the Manchester House’s vital social services in the community. Pop a loyalty card in your purse if you’re a regular visitor!  

Address: 118 Fergusson Street, Feilding 

Smart Exchange

Smart Exchange have deservedly earned the title as a “goldmine of pre-loved designer clothing, shoes and accessories”. Browse the colourful shelves and racks to find plenty of vintage and contemporary items – where you’ll be inspired to make second-hand shopping your first choice. Drop in to see the friendly team and walk out with some great buys that suit your style, at an awesome price.  

Address: 348 Albert Street, Hokowhitu, Palmerston North

Recycle Boutique

No, you’re not dreaming, that is a designer brand you’ve just picked up, and yes, that is the price tag! At Recycle Boutique, you’ll find premium labels at fantastic prices, and the regularly-updated shelves mean there’s always something fresh to browse. It’s a go-to destination for streetwear, sportswear and denim, including plenty of retro styles.   

American vintage clothing is their specialty – from the unique to the nostalgic and everything in between. With a mission to reduce textile waste and make the fashion industry more sustainable, Recycle Boutique is a win for your wardrobe and the planet. Check them out on Facebook and Instagram to discover their latest drops!   

Address: 229 Cuba Street, Palmerston North

Looking for more op-shop inspo? Luckily, two of Manawatū’s own Instagram influencers have done the mahi for you, browsing the shelves in pursuit of those incredible one-of-a-kind finds. Check out @Thrifty.Grace and Megan Gowan of @opshop_diaries, and see just how pre-loved gems can find a brilliant new lease of life.  

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