About

Hi, I’m Kirsten. Welcome to treasurehunting where you can find all the secret hunting grounds for anything second hand and preloved.

This is a directory full of all the information I could find about each and every shop and market out there. On top of this, loads of treasure hunters out there have submitted their local knowledge of great places. Use the contact us page to send any information you know for a new or existing listing on this directory.

Every year I come across places that were so secret, they ran out of business and ceased trading. My goal is to prevent that happening. This directory is designed to support local businesses, charity shops and fundraiser markets by making their details available especially the location and opening hours. No one is excluded.

A second hand directory is an idea I’ve been talking about for years. It was born of frustration when I was an ambitious, organised and frugal student studying marketing. Some days I would plan a circuit of op-shops to scour for fabulous affordable clothes or a simple piece of furniture for our flat but my whole plan would easily be ruined if I turned up to find my favourite store closed on a Monday or unable to accept eftpos payments! One day I rang around four charity shops to find one that would accept my donation of a rattling washing machine and be able to pick it up from my place. I think that was the day I realised a directory needed to be so much more than what you can find in the yellow pages. That was in 2006. So more than 10 years later I finally have the opportunity before I go on maternity leave to create this grand directory. I call it Treasure Hunting.

Check out this blog to read about the origins of the rocking horse logo.