Living Every Moment

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A few months ago, Hospice found something they’ve never found before: a tiny marketing budget. They’ve put it towards a new concept, presenting Hospice shops from the Harbour Bridge to Wellsford as a retail trail. Hopping from shop to shop, it’s obvious that pre-loved purchasing has powered up a gear. There’s never been a better time to support one of New Zealand’s most worthwhile charities. “Hospice gives free care to people who are dying and to their families, mainly in their own homes. It provides physical, emotional and spiritual support – and it’s only possible because of the generosity of its local community who buy at Hospice shops,” says Jan Nichols, the Chief Executive of both Hospices.

A fun flyer has been created to showcase Hospice’s new venture. Dubbed the ‘Treasure Road Trip’, it has a rewards scheme for retail therapy at Hospice shops around the region. The flyer incorporates a map of all these shops (fifteen of them!) and a loyalty card which rewards the user with 10% off when they’ve had it stamped at five different locations.

Other changes are seeing some Hospice shops becoming more specialised. There’s the Milford Home Store, there’s ‘Finally…Books’ in Birkenhead and of course Warkworth’s ‘Tickled Pink’, which hand-picks retro and vintage bric-a-brac. ‘Shed 29’ at 29 Glenmore Drive (you can’t miss the big pink signs!) is a new clearance facility for items from the epic Wednesday morning Garage Sale at 51 Woodcocks Road.

The Garage Sale is a thrift-shopper’s dream. From 7am every Wednesday, the music is cranking (everything from Barry White to The Supremes) and plenty of jolly, tea-drinking folk are ready to help with your purchases. Recent bargains scored by this writer include: a set of smoky charcoal 60s drinking glasses – $2, a vintage mirror with scalloped edges – $10, a perfect electric citrus juicer – $5, a teal, green and white retro ski jacket – $3, and a set of large, vintage, light-up Santas – $10.

John McEwing is the manager of the Garage Sale. He loves the busy morning. “You have to be an early bird to get the best out of it, but some really great stuff is making it over to our newest Warkworth store. Come and check out Shed 29 – it’s stuffed with great buys.”

Kathryn Ashworth, General Manager of Hospice, says: “Now more than ever, we’re grateful for the amazing support we receive. Having started construction on a new purpose-built community day hospice – Tui House at the top of Glenmore Drive – we’re conscious of the need to keep raising money for our day to day services.”

warkworthwellsfordhospice.co.nz | T: Warkworth Wellsford Hospice 09 425 9535