It used to display books, but shopping savvy students have set up a thrift shop in an old library to encourage browsers of a different kind.
Inside the former library at Marlborough Girls’ College, student volunteers have set up a clothes and accessories store.
They hope the move will help their peers save money as well as encouraging recycling.
Year 12 student Breanna Holt says the idea for the small store, named Hidden Treasures, was sparked after a visit to Nelson College for Girls.
“We looked at what they had done and thought we could do it too.
“It’s much easier to get to than say Savemart where students have to drive to and most of our items are more affordable,” she says.
Clothes sell for under five dollars or $15 for well-known labels.
After getting the idea okayed by principal Mary-Jeanne Lynch, a subcommittee of the college’s Enviroschools group swung into action.
A competition to see which class could donate the most saw clothes come flooding in says English teacher Michelle Dawson.
“We held a competition to see what form class could get the most donations with the prize being a pizza-lunch.
“I’ve taught most of the girls at some point and it’s a real pleasure to be working with them again.”
The college is working towards gaining its gold Enviroschools award.
Student Olivia Cooke says the recycling aspect is an important part of the decision to set up the shop.
The store also stocks a range of clothes in the school’s house colours to make it easier for students to find the right coloured clothes at the right price.
Volunteers join a six-week roster and take it in turns to oversee sales.
Student Sophie Ellis says with both the girls’ and boys’ colleges preparing to collocate, a future thrift store would have to expand its range.
“There’ll be opportunity to grow and one day it will have to cater for boys too.
“When we’ve all moved on, it’ll be our legacy”.
Funds raised through sales will be put towards bettering the college environment.