Early-bird shuns worm for shoes

Holding a pair of near-new Doc Marten shoes bought for less than 50c is University of Otago...
Holding a pair of near-new Doc Marten shoes bought for less than 50c is University of Otago anatomy student Rachael Lock (20), of Auckland. Photos: Christine O'Connor
With her $2 purchase consisting of a washing basket and electric blanket is Chris Diep Pham, of...
With her $2 purchase consisting of a washing basket and electric blanket is Chris Diep Pham, of Dunedin.
Viewing items at the Otago University Students Association Rummage Sale are Cherish Nielsen and...
Viewing items at the Otago University Students Association Rummage Sale are Cherish Nielsen and Orion Pirini (both 22), both of Dunedin.

Being first in line paid off for one shopper at the Otago University Students Association Rummage Sale yesterday.

Third-year University of Otago anatomy student Rachael Lock, of Auckland, lined up for the sale at the Clubs and Societies Centre for 40 minutes before it opened to get first pick of the crop.

It was her first time at the sale, but the 20-year-old was in luck.

While rummaging she came across a single near-new Doc Marten shoe in her size.

She could not find the other one but after about five minutes of looking found it, on the opposite side of the room.

A new pair of the shoes would have cost upwards of $300.

‘‘I was so excited.’’

Miss Lock was taking trips to the car to drop off purchased goods before returning, estimating she had more than 30 items for under $15.

‘‘Op shopping is the best way to shop.’’

Shoppers look through hundreds of items available at the Otago University Students Association Rummage Sale on Tuesday. Photos: Christine O'Connor
Shoppers look through hundreds of items available at the Otago University Students Association Rummage Sale on Tuesday. Photos: Christine O'Connor

Dunedin textile artist Desi Liversage has been upcycling clothes for five years, and was at the sale looking for things she could repurpose.

Her work involved taking reclaimed textiles and turning them into items people would buy.

‘‘I bought a cotton duvet cover to make trousers out of and a woollen blanket to make a jacket out of.

‘‘I’m just getting started.’’

She said people were becoming more aware of the importance of upcycled clothing.

‘‘There’s a new consciousness.’’

Attendees could spend $1 per item or fill-a-bag for $5, the popular choice.

All proceeds from the event went to Kiwi Harvest.

emma.perry@odt.co.nz

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