Vintage business turning 11

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Two Squirrels Vintage is set to celebrate 11 years of trading this weekend and, after five different locations, the owners now trade solely online out of their Dunedin workroom. The business, which sells vintage clothing and other vintage ‘‘curios’’, began out of the Tete a Tete vintage store in the historic Shands Emporium building in Christchurch. Vanessa Hardy and Warren Chilton bought the business in 2005, expanded it into their Cashel Mall storeroom in 2008 and operated the two shops until the February 2011 earthquake destroyed both shops. Having originally planned on moving to Dunedin, the couple were ‘‘sidetracked on their journey’’, Mr Chilton said. They spent the next five years selling their vintage items, now under the Two Squirrels brand, from a variety of locations, including a popup store in their Christchurch home, an old church in Central Otago and a shop in Milton. The couple and their vintage collection arrived in Dunedin three months ago and they are now selling vintage items online out of their workroom at the corner of Bauchop and Jutland Sts. Mr Chilton said online sales had worked well for them and they had customers all around the country. Ms Hardy said people were interested in vintage items for various reasons, including the quality of the items and sense of individuality they gave the owner. They generally got their sale items from deceased estates or people whose parents were moving into resthomes and had to clear out their homes, though they did occasionally go on road trips to find items, Ms Hardy said.‘‘We’re always squirrelling around.’’