The Origins of NZ's Treasure Hunting Directory

Hi, I’m Kirsten. Welcome to Treasure Hunting where you can find all the secret hunting grounds for anything antique, second hand and preloved. Antique Shops, Secondhand Shop, Op Shops and Auction Houses.

A modern directory to replace all phone books and newspaper classifieds. It’s accurate, up to date and built from a wealth of community knowledge plus everything that I could actively seek out from all kinds of places to bring it all together in one useful resource. So customers can access what they need to know from home or on-the-go. 

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 and charitable shops by making their details more accessible online in one place. This is not an exclusive list of the best, it’s everything so the treasure hunters can decide what they’re looking for. Every shop that we could find is listed except for car dealerships and online stores without a tangible shop.

This second hand directory concept 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. I would plan a circuit of op-shops to scour for fabulous affordable clothes or a simple piece of furniture for my flat but my whole day would be ruined when I turned up to find the a 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 to make this a reality. I call it Treasure Hunting because it doesn’t matter if you’re rich or poor or environmentally motivated, we’re all in search of a treasure or two however you define what a treasure is to you.

Where ever you go, remember to tell all the second hand and antique shops and secondhand shops and auctioneers about this treasure hunting directory so they can see how effective it is for their business. That will really help keep the momentum of this directory going on and on.

And join the conversation on Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest. Find out latest sales, events and share your excitement about your latest stella treasure find. Happy Treasure Hunting.

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