Orewa florist uses 'upcycled' pallets as shop fittings

Joanna Reeve and Kerry Mitchell standing with their flowers and upcycled counter.
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Joanna Reeve and Kerry Mitchell standing with their flowers and upcycled counter.

Orewa's newest flower shop was opened in just seven weeks thanks to some clever upcycling.

Orewa Beach Flowers owner Joanna Reeve says she paid only $1 for her shop counter.

"We ended up buying our counter for $1 and just had to pay for the paint that went on the top. We used recycled pallets for the counter and fittings and put our heart and soul into creating a lovely natural and homely feeling to the shop," Reeve says.

Shop manager Kerry Mitchell says the shop's motto is to take ugly and old things in and repurpose them into things that people need or like.

"We try to keep everything in the store local or New Zealand made, even if it is candles, chocolates or soft toys," Mitchell says.

"Who knew that a shop could be up and running in seven weeks at such an affordable price," Reeve says.

The stores counters, fittings and some gifts sold are upcycled and created by repurposing old junk into new gifts.

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