The native market caters for individuals who love pre-loved clothes, kitchenware and even second-hand automobiles. Nonetheless there are usually not many choices for individuals who could also be occupied with used furnishings.
A brand new enterprise that simply opened its doorways to shoppers yesterday at Jerusalem Rd, Nabua, is simply the place for individuals who love investing in used furnishings or objects which have a previous hooked up to them.
The Attic proprietor and director Vivienne Wade had been working her what she calls “gently used high quality furnishings” enterprise on-line (Instagram) till she determined it was time to open a brick and mortar retailer for her prospects.
“It actually began as a passion. I had you recognize issues that I assumed oh I’m not utilizing this anymore however anyone else may you recognize worth it and treasure it and may have some use for it so we began off like that.
“After which it simply began to develop and after I realised that there was undoubtedly a marketplace for individuals who valued the product that I had on-line and so it simply form of grew organically from there you recognize and naturally then COVID hit.
“The lockdowns occurred and everybody was at house and that’s when most individuals realized that their houses wanted some furnishings or different objects to make their houses extra snug and comfortable.”
Ms Wade stated individuals continued to purchase from her throughout COVID – they’d adhere to the social distance protocols and decide up their purchases and go. The furnishings and no matter objects present in The Attic are sourced from New Zealand, the US, Australia and even domestically.
“There are issues from New Zealand, from the States and we supply issues domestically wherever we will and we additionally do consignment so if in case you have one thing that you just’d wish to promote we will both purchase it off you or promote it in your behalf.”
Along with her origins linked to Fiji and New Zealand, Ms Wade moved abroad together with her dad and mom at a really early age and was lucky to journey extensively, which additionally nurtured her love for used furnishings and her information of what her prospects would love.
She stated it was very encouraging to see the assist that small companies and new companies had domestically with loyal prospects.
“My buyer suggestions had been nice and so optimistic.
There is not only one merchandise that prospects like – there perhaps this small piece of furnishings or a bit of signature merchandise that makes a uninteresting nook look vivid. All of it depends upon what the shopper connects with.” Ms Wade stated there was a niche out there for one thing like what her enterprise provided and she or he needed to fill that hole.
“I exploit gently used within the description of the furnishings I’ve as a result of they don’t seem to be that previous and never that a lot used. I might use the time period recycle or classic however then not all the pieces right here is classic. We’re a second-hand retailer and all the pieces right here is utilized by somebody and it has its personal previous and character and are in absolute excellent situation.
“In case you come right here one time and see a bit of furnishings that you could be like however don’t buy, there’s a likelihood you could come again later and never discover that specific piece right here.”
By way of competitors she stated there was all the time room for lots of competitors, including that competitors was wholesome.
“I believe there’s nothing that stops anyone else from doing this and it’s all a matter of non-public style. What you want, what I like, you recognize your style may differ and also you may need to open one thing that speaks to you extra and that’s high-quality and I believe that’s wholesome and I welcome it.”
By way of funding, Ms Wade stated lots of people had helped her with the enterprise arrange, with numerous effort and time spent on it.
“I’ve had the blessing and assist of relations. Throughout COVID I used to be procuring on-line you recognize and sending the objects to my dad and mom abroad and they’d assist me pack it up, they’d ship it over so it was all form of orchestrated.”
Ms Wade’s consignments had been additionally affected by the current provide chain constraints however she managed to deal with the problem.
If enterprise within the Capital Metropolis goes properly then Ms Wade may increase to the Western Division or the islands however her imaginative and prescient can be to doubtlessly transfer right into a facet enterprise that goes hand-in-hand with this enterprise, comparable to refurbishing.
The shop additionally has a e-book assortment with a neighborhood program whereby prospects can decide a e-book and drop a greenback within the jar put aside.
Ms Wade stated the cash collected via the initiative could be handed over to the Fiji Ladies’s Disaster Heart for use for the welfare of all the ladies and youngsters assisted by the centre.
“All of us are conscious of the hardships that girls and youngsters face and the FWCC is doing a fantastic job helping them. Though we’re not an enormous enterprise however we nonetheless need to do our half in giving again to the neighborhood,” stated Ms Wade.