Hi Tash and Mark! What is your background? Were you involved in interiors or something completely different before starting Retro Addiction?
Before Retro Addiction I was working for a facilities company travelling around the country educating staff about workplace H&S. In the weekends I’d be fossicking around markets, op-shops and fairs any chance I could. Mark spent many years working at a cabinetmakers, which has allowed him to appreciate the craftsmanship involved in 20th century furniture.
Funnily enough, the house I grew up in had white shag pile carpet, textured ceilings. The kitchen was red & white with black & white checkered floor, furniture was orange & brown velour! My earliest memories would be around the age of 7 at a local "flea market" with my Aunty Dolly, rummaging through a mountain of flower power dresses, I thought I was in heaven! My passion began initially with secondhand clothing & progressed into furniture when I went flatting.
When did you start Retro Addiction?
We started retro addiction in 2013 in our garage after many years of collecting I had filled up our house with retro stuff & then started filling the garage up, it all got a bit much for Mark as we only had a small house & so he suggested we start a business & Retro Addiction was born!
There are so many reasons. The design & craftsmanship, things were made to last, the attention to detail, the beautiful bright colours used, especially with textiles.
You have just opened a new store, what do you love about having a bricks and mortar shop?
We love seeing the look on peoples faces when they find that piece they fall in love with!
It's a great destination being next to Design Store good thing & Sprout cafe. On Friday night there is a night market where you can find wood fired pizza, ice cream sorbet & organic wine. On Saturday we have a great farmers market.
This is a hard one! To start with perhaps a nice tea cup & saucer, art glass or a mirror.
Do you source specific pieces for people?
Yes we do!
How often do you get new stock in?
We are getting new stock in weekly.
Recently I found an Industrial Anaesthetist trolley from the 1920’s - 1940’s in a vet's skip bin, they were renovating, All I could see was one wheel sticking up but I knew it would be something cool so I went & asked them to help me lift it out & was blown away that they were actually throwing it away! We decided to auction it on trademe & donate proceeds to SPCA & the trolley sold for over $400, SPCA were happy & the winner of the auction was too!
If you're not based in Auckland, fear not! You can still buy online through their website.