Thursday, July 14, 2011

Big Chip in for Christchurch

We've had a pretty eventful year in Christchurch, so some folks have come up with the idea for The Big Chip in for Christchurch, on Friday 15th July. The basic idea is that everyone does something for someone in Christchurch. It could be ringing a Christchurch based friend to say hello, placing an order with a Christchurch based business, or getting all your workmates to wear red and black as a show of support.

One really easy way to help even if you're out of town is to buy something online from a Christchurch based business. A lot of stores that have had either lost their premises, or have suffered a downturn in foot traffic have opened up online stores. One in particular is one of my stockists in Sumner, Flock. They have recently launched a website with an online store, so you can shop in your slippers! If you are local, and feel like a trip out to Sumner, you can go check out the wares yourself at shop 2, 43 Nayland Street.

Up until the February quake, three friends of mine ran businesses from this building in Bedford Row, which has since been red-stickered (I just happened to be standing outside it at the time, watching it begin to disintegrate). Felt, Black Swan Designs, Board of Design and The Wardrobe which were all based there, are now operating from home. Nin from The Wardrobe has had to start her business almost from scratch again. You can help her out by buying one of the gorgeous hats, purses or accessories from her shop.

For some other great Christchurch shopping, here is a selection of shops on Felt to check out:
relique – a funky range of vintage and contemporary styled jewellery
mudbirdnz – unique handmade ceramic pieces
threadmark – felt birds
freedom – jewellery, accessories and homewares
blackswan – jewellery, accessories and totebags
feltgood – cute wheatbags

For two great Red Cross fundraising initiatives, check out cloudnine and natalie-anne.


  1. Thanks for the shout-out Rose. Our poor wee office... sniff! : (

  2. Bless you're red and black heart Rose xx I know the evidence is before me, but I still can't quite believe I'll never walk up those stairs again. Still. Onwards!

  3. so lovely Rose - the photo of that building is so sad. Hope you're doing ok x