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Redefine – love your op shop

Redefine – love your op shop: A great day out with a creative twist!

If creativity, a good day out with the family and Charity retail therapy could be summed up in a word, it would be Redefine.

Redefine – love your op shop took place on 20 August 2016 at the Havelock North Function Centre in support of Presbyterian Support East Coast (PSEC). The event aimed to promote creativity through purchasing Op shop items and repurposing them to create something new, fresh and ultimately unrecognisable from what it was before.

Although visitor numbers were affected and significantly lower than last year’s inaugural event due to the water contamination in Havelock North, it didn’t keep everyone away! Those that did attend were treated to some wonderfully creative Redefine competition entry displays, as well as pop up shops outlining the room with beautiful displays of their own, fun and creative workshops, ‘redefining’ demonstrations, face-painting and activities for the children. The buzz was tangible and feedback was very positive.

“The vibe throughout the day was amazing, and the quality of entries was just phenomenal. We were so impressed – as were the judges, who kept commenting on the creativity and ingenuity,” says Shirley Collins, PSEC Head of Marketing. “I wish the people who donated the ‘redefined’ items to the Op shops in the first place could see what they look like now – they wouldn’t even recognise them!”

The judging panel comprised of Linda Hall – Hawke’s Bay Today, Kim Ansford – Brebner Print, Julian Carr and Lisa Fenwick – Fenwick Vintages, and Jacqui Roy – Annah Stretton. Winners were announced at the awards ceremony later in the afternoon.

Carla Allen, who entered and won the overall prize at last year’s Redefine, was rewarded for her amazing effort taken to recreate a set of drawers into an exquisite Stitching Station, by taking home the winners title in the Shabby Chic it category and overall Redefine winner yet again!

Judges comments included ‘stunning – so much detail and work!’ and ‘…phenomenal – we love the workmanship!’

The Surprise Us category winner, Alica Richardson-Marr with her tranquil Belief From Within piece created from bedposts, an old tea set and running water had people mesmerised. Sally Hamlin won in the Rework It category with her Prurag Monster Bag, and Lisa Watson took out the winning spot in the new Animal Magic category with a Princess Pooch bed.

Juno Harvey was another Redefine 2015 winner who returned and produced another winning entry in the children’s 10-14 years old Hat Trick category for a second year in a row with Fizzy Ocean. Another star of the day was India Haines who took out the 9 and under Hat Trick category with her Mermaid Hat.

It appears the public had a hard time choosing the best Redefine entry as three entries all received the most votes for the People’s Choice Award – Carla Allen, Alica Richardson–Marr and Denise Andrews with her exquisite petals and pearls lamp.

“The standard of entry quality was so high,” Shirley adds. “A very big thank you to all the entrants, winners, sponsors and everyone who worked so hard to make this event happen. We look forward to you all being involved in an even bigger Redefine again next year.”


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