Christchurch was such a beautiful city before the February 2011 earthquake. It is quite a shock to see the damage & demolition throughout the city centre, & it is heartbreaking that so many historic buildings have been reduced to rubble. We still enjoyed our few days in Christchurch, even if it's not quite the same as it once was, it's still got something special. We went to the ReStart Mall, but we mostly spent our time exploring the suburbs & any thrift shops I laid my eyes on. I must say my favourite op shop was the Addington Salvos.
We stayed in a 1960's cottage in Riccarton.
We visited a few vintage shops including the Ferry Antique Centre & Foragers. We were hoping to meet Miss Vanessa of Two Squirrels while we were on the South Island, but our paths didn't cross this time as they had just begun their road trip. Vanessa left a little package of treasures for me at Foragers. Isn't she the sweetest????!! Thank you darling Miss V!
A handmade fabric bag
Handmade brooch....with the cutest wee bird
Vintage beads....GREEN of course!
The city centre & re-start mall area below
I was overwhelmed with sadness when I saw what remains of the Two Squirrels old shop Tete-a-Tete Vintage. This wee building was built in 1860 & is one of the oldest in Christchurch. There are plans for it to be removed & hopefully restored once again. It was so eery seeing the signs of Vanessa & Warren's beloved business, & glimpses of things that remain trapped inside. I'm grateful to have sweet memories of that beautiful store.