There really isn’t another shop in Dunedin quite like The Cuckoo’s Nest. A shop that felt like it was born on Cuba St in Wellington but decided to venture down south. In true Wellington style it showcases an array of local designers, crafters and jewellers including the talented owners, Susan and Annika who are behind many of the brands in store.
Sadly this shop that is such a great asset to Dunedin is closing down in just 4 days time! Why you may ask? We’ll for many reasons really. I’ve seen many small boutiques in NZ struggle with high shop rent, facing competition with large overseas chain stores, not enough profit for big advertising campaigns to reach the people who would appreciate and love the store. If this doesn’t sound fair to you, then you can help future small businesses by using your consumer powers! It’s really easy you just vote with your dollar by spending at shop’s you would like to see stay.
(Below) IDFW window display featuring local designers and vintage.
I’ve loved working at The Cuckoo’s Nest as it inspires us to get creative. The art of up-cycling has been a winner with examples from Melanie Child, local designer constructing patchwork jeans from various other pairs of jeans (and new in store this month). Velo has beautifully hand cut jewellery from bike inner tyre tubes. Dot Stitch with her glamorous rage of stunning rings and bracelets made from vintage earrings. Senorita AweSUMO designs one off pieces of clothing from pre-loved fabrics, garments and off cuts. Craftworks Cambodia re-uses old bullet and bomb materials to turn into symbols of peace, with gold ‘Tree of Life’ necklaces, earrings and rings. And that’s just to name a few!
Craftworks Cambodia – Up-cycled bomb /bullet jewellery
Romance Rewound – Charm Necklaces 25% off
Dressterday – Dancing daisies dress – 20% off
The Cuckoo’s Nest is a shop with a big heart making sure all their trade is certified FAIRtrade, which means a fair wage for the producers, good working conditions and breaks which also means guilt free shopping for you and me! If only more shop’s put the earth and human rights first! The vintage section promotes sustainable fashion with quirky, colourful and fun one off pieces to mix and match with your current trends.
Fairtrade Peacock on the Roof – Bastille Bracelet just $10
Fairtrade Minga – Whistle necklaces $15
Fairtrade Minga – Wooden bangle were $25 now $7
So…..What’s next forThe Cuckoo’s Nest?
Most items will continue to stay online, as for the rest make sure you pop into the store ASAP to snap up what will otherwise be be sent back to the designers. Everything is heavily discounted and must go!
Wandrer wood cut necklaces – Were $29 now $22
Metricksy – Neckalces 5% off now $33.20
Sum D – Collars were $45 now $32
Jack and Flea – Bow clips – were $20 now $15
Needlebot Crafts – Monsters were $48 now $45
Puzzling Creations – Up-cycled puzzle piece chokers, necklaces and bracelets
Sum D – I-pad Cases were $45 now $30
Craftworks Cambodia – Up-cycled elephant clutch (from cement bags) just $13!
Wild One – Purse necklace just $28.50
Minga – Little critter earrings were $25 now $9
Geekery galaxy rings
Wild One – Lion necklace – (many animals to choose from) $28.50
Cheek Pinchy – earrings, necklaces, brooches and rings
Little Minx – Pencil cases just $17
Geekery moustache necklace $18.70
Romance Rewound charm bracelet $55
Romance Rewound – Clockwork necklaces
Dust & Dandelions – Gift cards and gift tags
Velo – Up-cycled jewellery hand cut from bike inner tyre tubes – Brooch $21.50
Natty – Earrings, necklaces and brooches
Vintage scarves 50% Off
Crazybird wooden necklaces just $26
Unique Batik – Chi Chi passport bag (LAST ONE LEFT) were $50 now $26
Human Anatomy eye and brain necklace $23.70
Little Minx bags – were $55 now $46
Needlebot Crafts – Vintage Egyptian fabric brooch $17.10
Go Ask Alice leather clutch was $109 now $65 and purses were $49 now $39
CherryBerry puzzle necklace $45 now $35
Most Wanted Vintage 20% off
Dust & Dandelions – Artwork 10% off
Jacka and Flea – Garlands and bunting $10-$14
Recycled Glamour purses
So GOODBYE ‘Cuckoo’s Nest’! I’ll look back on this phase and remember it was a fun one, thanks for having me on your team!
Changing room door
Photos by Tannia Lee – Fashion Stylist
If you’re interested in any shop fit out / display items, you can check out their trademe listings here