Trademarket moves from Ōrewa to online only
Posted at 3:23pm Thursday 01 Apr, 2021
Ōrewa Trademarket – a second-hand furniture and homeware business – has been on the same site for almost 43 years, tucked away on Tenzing Lane, off George Lowe Place.
Later this month that will change, as it becomes an entirely online store – a move that owner Clive Walbran says resulted from the impact of Covid-19 lockdowns.
Clive has been there for 25 years. He says having to be closed for level 3 and 4 lockdowns forced the business to re-focus on developing an online store.
“Physical shops are becoming too expensive for small businesses,” he says.
The stock, which is about 80 percent secondhand and the rest new, will be sold from a local warehouse via a website. Clive says all items will be professionally photographed, but if a customer really needs to see the item in person, that could be arranged. The store will still offer collection and delivery services.
The move will be a big change for Ōrewa Trademarket's regulars, who Clive says often just come by for a browse and a chat.
He says as the area has developed, so has the range of customers changed – it now encompasses all age groups and includes young people going flatting, people on tight budgets and those preferring to buy secondhand for environmental reasons.
Rick Moores, Jim Hickey and Bill Valentine started the business in 1978. In the early days, it included a regular auction. At one time the company had three stores – two in Ōrewa and one in Whangaparāoa – but around 20 years ago, the other two closed.
Ōrewa Trademarket will close its doors on April 25 and Clive says up until then there will be bargains to be had, as he reduces the amount of stock that he'll need to move to the warehouse.
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