It's that time of year once again. ReStore Dunedin will be closing for the Christmas break. We close for three weeks. Last trading day is today, Friday 20th of December. We will reopen Monday the 13th of January 2014. 

Thank you all for shopping with us throughout the year! We wish you all a happy and safe Christmas and New Year. Merry Christmas to you all!

* please note: our security cameras will be operating through the break, so please don't leave any donations outside the store. We look forward to seeing you in the New Year.
You may have noticed at ReStore Dunedin that there has been quite the flurry of activity of late, you may have even wandered in and been heard saying under your breath "now where has it moved to..." We have been cleaning out, tidying up, sorting out, and re-defining our space like crazy, and we are rather pleased with how the shop is looking! We have even been seen standing back with cloth in hand, as we wipe the sweat from our brow, declaring the changes to the shop to Be Good! We think we have reason to be chuffed too - we have created a lovely open feel to the back area of the shop, a nice selection of quality clothing, a fabulous fill-a-basket selection of clothes and shoes, tools easy-to-find all in one area, fantastically simple browsing in electrical equipment, easy to rustle through fabrics and haberdashery, and an amazing book section! What more could you ask for? And the best part - we have made space for all of those lovely donations of still fabulous (but you just don't need them in your home anymore) items! If you haven't visited us recently to see the changes then pop on down - we'd love to see you. And our new wall-of-wonder over the books is a true delight.
 If you have popped into ReStore Dunedin lately you may have noticed that there has been quite a bit of scuffling, organising,  and moving around going on at the back of the store. You may have wondered what is going on here? You may also have been in even more recently and found yourself breathing a sigh of relief at the wonderful amount of space at the back of the store. Well, if that wasn't you we heard saying "that's much better" there's a chance you will be the next customer to be overheard muttering this phrase. Yes - we have had a clean out. Yes - things look a different. And yes - it's 200% better (or at least we think so, but there's a possibility that we may be slightly biased). If you are wondering what the reason is for all the change it is quite simply for two reasons;

1. It was time - after all, a change is as good as a break!

2. We have thought long and hard about what you, our lovely customers, want and need and we have realised it was time for a rethink.

And where did these two things lead us... to a rethink of the clothes. We know that clothes are one of those things that you can pick up everywhere, and we know that clothes are not the main reason most of you pop in to see us. We know that Fill-a-Baskets are a great idea, but we also know that it's not so nice getting home and finding something wrong with an item that you filled your basket with. Our solution? Less is more - less clothing, better value and quality! We still have a Fill-a-Basket rack, and, although it's smaller you can guarantee it's filled with things worth owning. And there's always the gorgeous selection of priced clothing too - all worth having a look at we think.

So we thank you for you patience while we shifted and sorted, we think the outcome has been well worth it and think you will too. I mean, really, you can twirl Julie-Andrews-on-a-hill style down the back now! And if you have clothing items to donate, why yes, we do still accept clothes - we would ask you to take a moment to think to yourself "would I like to find this in the Fill-a-Basket area?". If the answer is a resounding yes, then fling it our way, and we will gratefully accept it. After all, we love those beautiful, quality donations you have lurking, waiting to be re-homed, at the back of your wardrobe, and we cheekily wink in the direction of Bold knowing that's the way forward for us. Come join us!
It's official - we have a clothing overload. There are piles, nay mounds, nay MOUNTAINS of clothes at ReStore Dunedin and something needs to be done! Our Manager stamped her well-booted foot and announced to all and sundry "There Shall Be A Clothing Sale!" So a Sale it shall be, we want those racks cleared - and at a fabulous $1 Fill-A-Basket you can get all of your wardrobes woes sorted in one swoop! Race ya there...
One of the wonderful advantages of being around donated goods is that there are often treasures from days gone by. You may even catch us at ReStore Dunedin looking at the past with a dreamy look in our eyes and exclamations of "remember when.." as we pore over gorgeous vintage and antique items. Children's books are one of those things that hold wonderful memories of their time. As kids we looked over them time and again, soaking in every detail. Not to mention that "back in the day" books were not as cheap or abundant as they are now, and your childhood book collection may have only consisted of 30 or 40 books, and none of them from a $2 shop. There is a gorgeous selection instore at the moment, largely from the 1950s, and heralding wonderfully simple yet bold titles. There is the Space Story Omnibus, complete with 1950s style rocket and projected image of how men will look wandering about a distant planet in the future, and Jungle Spies where a safari dressed man enters the jungle on horseback with a rifle. Then there is the the Teddy Tail Annual, which seems to have on its cover a pipe smoking mouse trapped in a bubble while sharing his smoke with his teddy, doggy, and piggy friends. Well we just love these old books, have you visited us at ReStore Dunedin recently to see if we have a copy of your childhood favourite?




One of our favourite donations to receive at ReStore Dunedin is sets of things - especially if they are just that little bit vintage. Often the sets we receive are no longer complete, there will be a piece or two missing, and this is one of the things we like most about them. Why? Because it leaves us wondering what the story to the missing piece, or pieces, is. There's a little something mysterious about imperfection, don't you think?




Spring! That's as big as our blog title for this week needs to be because SPRING HAS SPRUNG! It's not very usual for us to show you outside ReStore, but with the change in season, the extremely warm winter we have just had, and the large amount of early blooms surrounding us all we really wanna do is go outside and lie in the grass! So here are some exterior shots of the grass verges nearby, awash with gorgeous yellow blooms, and an interior one of a beautiful bunch of flowers brought in by a happy ReStore customer to brighten the day of our lovely manager.
If you thought that money makes the world go round then we're sorry to inform you that you are wrong - the world is, in fact, turned my music. That's just the way it is. You may have noticed, if you are a regular at ReStore, the soundtrack for an Op Shopping generation is always buzzing away on the turntable making us all bounce and hum under our breaths as we shop. Some of us have been known to do more than just hum, and small children have been spotted dancing in the aisles (one of our favourite things indeed). At ReStore we will happily accept your money in exchange for music having said that - and it doesn't get much more exciting than a van load of Vinyl, like the one that arrived late last week.

Vinyl LP's at ReStore - only $1 each!
This weeks blog post comes directly from Malcolm Cameron, the Chairman of ReStore Dunedin, who has a few words of thanks for you all.

Greetings to you all - On behalf of the board of the Bargain Barn (Dunedin) Charitable Trust trading as ReStore.  Please accept our most sincere thanks for your continued support and encouragement for the services we provide.

As I look back over the years it was a little bit of a gamble to undertake this project but we needn’t have worried we didn’t take into account the quality of our staff, volunteers and the generosity of our donors and customers.  I am sure you will all agree that what has grown from this initiative is a store and environment which offers service, support, and a warm welcome for all, even down to the music.

I am really at a loss as to how to say thank you to you all - what has been achieved is nothing short of inspirational.  Your contributions and assistance have allowed our two sponsor organisations, Habitat for Humanity and The Malcam Charitable Trust, to achieve at a much higher level than would have otherwise have been possible.  So much of the goodwill and recognition the Trusts receive is down to you.  Your city and your province are the better for having ReStore on their team.

To Sarah and the crew, our donors and customers – The team at The Malcam Charitable Trust and Habitat for Humanity are truly grateful. 



Best wishes and kindest regards

Malcolm Cameron QSM

Chairman Restore

Senior New Zealander of the Year

Books are one of our favourite things to have donated here at ReStore Dunedin, and we see some truly exceptional tomes indeed. None rank any better than a recently donated set of The British Journal Photographic Almanac covering the years 1950 through to 1956. Priced at a hefty 5 shillings, the cover for the 1950 volume reads "Ninety-First Year of Publication". We think that deserves a round of applause. Here is a selection of the Gravure pictures within the books - did you know that a gravure is an intaglio process of photomechanical printing? Well it is! Enjoy.