Wellsford shoppers keen on a bargain now have a new source of secondhand goodies, thanks to the opening of the Rusty Station reuse shop at 47 Station Road.
The large warehouse-type shed next to Hammer Hardware is open every Wednesday from 9am to 3pm, selling items that have been taken to Wellsford and Mahurangi Wastebusters two refuse and recycling centres for disposal.
There is already a small reuse shop at Wastebusters’ Rustybrook Road site, but the decision to lease a town centre store was made when the closure of the Lawrie Road centre for redevelopment caused a backlog of items too good to be sent to landfill.
Wastebusters board member Trish Allen said director Matthew Luxon found the Station Road venue and the Wastebusters team cleaned it up, made signs and set up shop.
“We had all this stuff from Lawrie Road that we couldn’t sell and thought what are we going to do?” she said. “We thought why not lease a warehouse in Wellsford and found this one. Staff have been absolutely magnificent – it looks amazing in here.”
The new store was packed with all sorts of things on opening day, from tools and furniture through to curtains, clothing and household goods. There was also free coffee and muffins on offer, using Wastebusters’ stash of perfectly good mugs that people had thrown away. Customers could either just use the mug and return it, or take it home with them – an “Ugly Mug” scheme that Trish Allen is keen for local cafes to adopt.
Info: www.mahurangiwastebusters.nz or Wellsford Wastebusters on Facebook