BUILDING on the success of its vintage events, St Wilfrid’s opened a charity shop with a difference today (July 10).
The Retro and Vintage shop, Eastgate Square, Chichester, hopes to offer a stylish step back in time while boosting funds for the charity.
“We keep using the word quirky,” said Siobhan Robinson, trading manager. “The whole vibe is right.”
Crowds gathered for the opening which saw entertainer Dawn Gracie cut the bunting. “I’m planning to move in, I’ve already brought half of the shop already,” she said.
As well as selling clothes, jewellery and accessories, collectables, vinyl and toys, Retro and Vintage plans to tap into the recycling and upcycling trend.
“The shop has probably been an idea for about six months following on from the success of the vintage fair at the Assembly Rooms. But it took a little while to find a unit which would suit. We get a lot of vintage donations which we don’t take to the fair,” she said. “We’ve put a bit of everything in here. Kathy has worked 12 hour days for two to three weeks getting it ready, it’s not a traditional shop ”
“I’ve roped in friends, family, volunteers,” said Kathy. “Everyone has been really enthusiastic about it. We’ve had people knocking on the window.”
St Wilfrid’s catchment area covers Emsworth to Arundel and out to Felpham and Barnham, and the hope is Retro and Vintage will be a flagship store complementing the charities traditional shops.
“This will be a one off. It’s a really new venture for St Wilfrid’s,” said Siobhan.
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