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Hit the Road Vintage op shop tours
Ceiros Begg is planning shopping trips for women wanting “funky clothes”. Photo: Gerard Hindmarsh
A new Golden Bay-based business, Hit the Road Vintage, offers to take people on personalised op-shop tours to selected cities around New Zealand and Australia.
Ceiros Begg of Clifton says she got the niche-market idea of taking small groups of women around for wardrobe replenishment—with the added advantage of having an image consultant and seasoned vintage shopper in tow—after seeing their success in Europe.
“This is the first time I’m aware of that this has been attempted in New Zealand. My market is mainly rural women who want to go beyond the mass clothing market and collect chic and funky clothes, one-off pieces that they can combine together in a totally unique wardrobe, and have some fun while they’re at it.”
Long weekend away accompanied packages (for between five and 10 people) range upwards from $789 per person and include airfares, luxury accommodation, transfers and all transport around stores. “It’s a real high going around the shops; you live in hope of finding the right piece that exactly suits you. Many people impulse buy, but it helps to have some expert styling advice on hand. That’s where my experience comes in.”
Born in Christchurch, Ceiros spent her early years living around Banks Peninsula where she spent much of her time riding horses, practising trampolining and gymnastics along with playing endless dressups with her mother’s clothing. Her mother is a keen fashionista from whom Ceiros draws much of her own wardrobe styling. Ceiros boarded at St Margaret’s College in Christchurch where she learnt enough Japanese to live there for a few months at 17, before moving to Canada for three years. In Vancouver, she was offered an entry position in an aerial ski team, but chose to return and study health science and business management at Christchurch Polytech. Through it all, from the age of 12, she did modelling work, much of it on the catwalk and in catalogues. Ceiros is the daughter of Murray and Eleri Begg, who started The Last Footwear Company and also the Organic Republic Bakery in Motupipi St around nine years ago. She shifted here with partner Matt Rogers and they now have three children.
Ceiros (ph 525 6148) is offering her trips in association with Mondo Travel.