They are located on Grey St. here in Hamilton East- about 8/10 minutes bus from the centre of the city (or 25 minute walk). It's near to three or four other second hand stores, with prices in the area ranging from $2.50 - $50+; so if you don't find something you are loving at RB you can always pop into another second hand store and have a look.
What Recycled Boutique??
It's pretty much a consignment shop- you take in high quality pre-loved clothes and they sell them for you (if they are up to their standards). You get 1/2 the selling price and that's that. It's been wildly popular in Auckland, Dunedin, and Wellington etc- so It's great that one is now here in Hamilton!
They have done really good on the insisde design, although I'm still not sure of the set up- it seemed like all shorts where in one area, all dresses in another etc, but then there were a huge rack of dresses in another area, I wasn't sure if that was vintage, most of it didn't look vintage to me, and there were no signs to tell you. So I was a bit confused..
+ reasonable pricing for most things- from about $18 - $48 for most stuff, dresses were priced around $30+. They had a small mens section as well, which was nice to see.
+ really good design and how the store was presented. Lots of displays featuring cute items.
- No one talked to me- Not one of the (I think 4) employees said Hi to me. I was there for a good 10-15 minutes. I looked through everything twice, sometimes standing NEXT TO an employee and I had no response. Not the greatest feeling, but they are a new business so I will let it slide this time.
- No visible plus size section, not only that I didnt see ANY plus size clothes and I looked through the shop twice- Large seemed to be the biggest thing I could find, which is a shame- but then maybe plus size stock has been lacking in what people have brought in. So we will see.
+/- Standards of their clothes; hmm.. the website has some pretty strict rules on what you can and can't bring in. And some of the clothes I saw there were below these standards- that's good if you want to sell stuff and it's really good clothes with just a tiny flaw, but it's not so good if you are shelling out big bucks on some of these items expecting the high standards. I am on the fence with this one.
Over all I was rather impressed- like I have said many times, they are new and I'm sure they have kinks to work out- so I look forward to my next visit and hopefully someone will say 'hi' next time. I ended up not buying anything today, although a few things caught my eye.. After visiting RB I went to another second hand store in the area and I got a rad cat duvet cover, mickey mouse suspenders, and two soup mugs. Ha, the things I find.