Scene About the Piccadilly Arcade Tauranga – fashion recycle


PICCADILLY ARCADE  Down Town Tauranga is now home to several pre-loved shopping stores and Diane Hume-Green in fashion-maven-mode informs ARTbop readers of what is where (or wear) ….

Social Justice in the Piccadilly Arcade Photo Rosemary Balu

Social Justice in the Piccadilly Arcade Photo Rosemary Balu

For years I had shopped at Veronica’s Closet in Piccadilly Arcade which sold quality pre-loved designer clothing. It was a sad day when the owner retired but now I have four stores to choose from with some pre-loved homewares on offer as well.

Social Justice is at the Grey St end of the Arcade. Lots of nice knitwear and jackets. Roomy, colour coded and a friendly shop assistant.

The Hawkers Wall Florist and Retro further down the arcade is on the corner opposite the café. I have been going to that café space for more years than I care to remember. Has had a lot of owners who each put a spin on the décor but the space remains the same. Unique, light and airy. But back to the store. Interesting retro homewares, bouquets and posies of fresh flowers and some clothing items and quirky accessories. I love how the display spills out of the shop at the top of

The Hawkers Wall Florist & Retro Photo Rosemary BAlu

The Hawkers Wall Florist & Retro Photo Rosemary BAlu

the store against the brick wall.

Piccadilly Arcade is retro itself with the brick detail as it was built in the 1960’s. For a great article about downtown Tauranga by the late Jinty Rorke, who was a historian, archivist, and librarian for 27 years at the Tauranga Library, go to: 108 arrival of the Rorke family 1976. Reading that was like walking the CBD when I was in my 20’s. A great description of that era of Tauranga’s downtown history.

Across the walkway and next to the café is adopt Recycled Clothing for Women. Crammed full of vintage and retro treasures and lots and lots of clothing.

The old Veronica’s Closet store is now called Lucy in the Wardrobe. Set out boutique style, it has classy pre-loved clothes and accessories

Lucy in the Wardrobe    Photo Rosemary Balu

Lucy in the Wardrobe Photo Rosemary Balu

with elegant window displays.

You can also buy new clothes at Barkers Men’s Clothing and Mia Style women’s clothing stores in Piccadilly Arcade.

Diane Hume-Green has lived in Tauranga all her life.  A talented fashion and fibre creative, Diane, is a member of a well-known business and music family.  Diane is a regular contributor to ARTbop in Scene About Town


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