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28.11.19
CHCH Central Unwrapped: Rosie Carroll

Nothing says “excellent secondhand” better than the red brick facade, slick fit out and fashion store vibe at Recycle Boutique’s High Street shop. You’ll find part-time staff member Rosie Carroll serving customers, stocking the racks, and sometimes unearthing vintage gems for her own personal collection.

Nothing says “excellent secondhand” better than the red brick facade, slick fit out and fashion store vibe at Recycle Boutique’s High Street shop. You’ll find part-time staff member Rosie Carroll serving customers, stocking the racks, and sometimes unearthing vintage gems for her own personal collection.


Rosie walks the Recycle Boutique talk - shifting the way we shop to actively address global environmental pollution from the textile industry. Recycle Boutique claims that “selling and shopping secondhand is the most sustainable way to reduce your wardrobe and refresh your look”, and Rosie wholeheartedly gets behind this mantra. She does this through her brand Nifty Markets - pop-up markets acting as a place for local creatives to come and showcase their products. Nifty is about conscious consuming. Everything sold has an ethical or sustainable element. 


Rosie Carroll at Recycle Boutique


We had a chat with Rosie and she shared some amazing secrets about the life that she loves in the CBD:


Go to places:

Moment Cafe does the best almond lattes in the city, and it’s just around the corner from work. On my lunch break, I always go to the benches in SALT Square in front of the SALT District sign to soak up some vitamin D - added bonus that I get to wander through the Little High Lanes to get there. I’m always surprised and stoked by how quiet and peaceful the space is. I’ll probably have to share it with everyone else eating lunch after this!


SALT Square


Shopping:

I am always recommending Shut the Front Door down the other end of High Street to people, as you can find something for everyone there. If you want cool New Zealand-made stuff, you can’t go past HAPA in the BNZ Centre. If I’m shopping for a Christmas outfit I don’t even leave work - Recycle Boutique and the Nifty Markets are the only places I go for clothes.


HAPA


Christmas film:

If I had to pick a favourite Christmas film, does the jingle bell rock scene in Mean Girls count? It’s not a Christmas movie but the scene is. I can’t stop talking about the Leighs Construction Outdoor Cinema at the Arts Centre - I’m going to try to get to as many of those movies as I can. I’m really excited to see The Truman Show with my friends, on beanbags, outdoors on a beautiful Canterbury evening.


Favourite spots to spend time with family and friends, and how to get there: 

Unknown Chapter on St Asaph St because it’s sunny, cosy, and filled with plants - very wholesome. Riverside has such a nice ambiance as well. I bus into town and then walk around, or scoot if I’m feeling lazy. I’m trying to be more conscious about how I travel. I’m a Lime Scooter girl because they were the first electric scooters here and I don’t like change very much, but I’m going to try Flamingo because I’ve heard it’s run by two guys up in Wellington.


Food, glorious food: 

The best part of the Christmas meal this year is going to be something very simple - hash browns. I’m a sucker for anything potato-related. We do breakfast on Christmas day, and I went vegan about a year ago. I’m trying to recreate staples and in the meantime hashbrowns are the staple.


Worst Christmas present: 

It’s a goodie! Circa 2009, I got Kanye West glasses from my high school boyfriend, you can’t even see out of them! I was thinking, I like Kanye, but what? Does he know me at all? I put them on thinking maybe the eyes line up with the gaps but no, they go right in front of your eyes. I was very disappointed.


Christmas wish: 

I love seeing how many people are walking around the city centre, it’s such a contrast to a couple of years ago. My Christmas wish is that it keeps getting busier, and that more people are out and about. And that people make the decision to think about what they’re buying and where they’re buying it from.