The Treasure Trade Secondhand Exchange owner Nikki Roberts believes clothes exchange is a vital way of preserving the environment and staying in fashion all at the same time.
The Treasure Trade Secondhand Exchange owner Nikki Roberts believes clothes exchange is a vital way of preserving the environment and staying in fashion all at the same time. Marc Stapelberg

Sell or swap old clothes and homewares at Treasure Trade

SELL or swap your old clothes and vintage homewares at Lismore's new exchange shop The Treasure Trade.

Located on Molesworth St, it gives used clothing a second life while giving back to the item's original owner.

Business owner Nikki Roberts said the idea was to support other local businesses.

"All the cabinetry is from an old shop in Byron Bay ... a lot of other stuff has been sourced from different garage sales," she said.

"I try to source everything as local as possible, and also to keep the carbon footprint down and go with the whole ethos of recycling.

"I don't think people have ever been given this opportunity where they can actually just come and sell both their clothes and homewares to a business.

"They can have garage sales and list stuff online, but this is just so much easier for them."

Frequent shopper Amelia Ahern, co-owner of PowerMax computers, said a permanent shop simplified the exchange process.

"The markets are a great way for people to sell stuff and buy second hand gear but formalising it in a shop makes it a lot easier," she said.

"I really love vintage homewares and I really love the reuse of items.

"I think the fashion industry is pretty disposable and clothes take a lot of energy to produce. This is great for people to reuse them."

 

Ms Roberts keeps a Booty Book to keep track of items customers are looking for.

"It's like a pirate's booty, it's people's dream items," she said.

"So I write that down for them and when I see it come in, I can let them know."

Ms Roberts said the idea came to her while travelling around the USA.

"I saw a lot of record exchanges and book exchanges ... and they're just so used to it there," she said.

For more information search for The Treasure Trade on Facebook.

Ms Roberts said she looked for quirky vintage homewares to resell.

"With the clothing it doesn't have to be vintage, just as long as it's in good condition, unique, and I won't resell fast fashion labels like Supre and Rockmans," she said.

The shop opened in August.



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