Ipswich: It’s old...but gold – new retro room breathes life into old treasures

IPSWICH: A collection of sparkling brooches, rows of retro bags and an endless vision of vintage tea pots.

These are just some of the treasures on sale at the town’s latest haunt for Ipswich’s fashionistas as St Elizabeth Hospice’s Dog’s Head Street shop unveils its latest retro collection.

Crammed full with vintage clothing, retro jewellery and timeless pieces of furniture, the new addition to the popular charity shop has received a warm welcome from the town’s residents.

Since opening just over a week ago, shoppers have embraced the new addition and are supporting the hospice through buying pieces from days gone by. Jason Rudderham, retail area manager for St Elizabeth Hospice, said the town had embraced retro fashion.

He said: “All of the items come through our distribution centre in Rapier Street and our 15 shops across Suffolk.

“We have our own dedicated retro team which is made up of six people – but we are always on the look out for more volunteers.

“There are so many people out there who love retro and I think that is the reason why it has been so successful.

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“We only opened the retro room a matter of days ago and it has been a massive success. People are loving it and it is a great way to support the hospice.

“We also recently launched a vintage site on eBay which sees things get uploaded weekly.”

Sarah Nicholl, lead retro volunteer for the hospice, became a volunteer three years ago – following in the footsteps of her mum.

“I came into the retro team as retro and vintage was becoming extremely fashionable,” she said. “I think the hospice’s retro room is offering something that other places aren’t and I think it’s a very exciting time.”

To volunteer with the retro team, call the charities headquarters in Foxhall Road on 01473 727776.

To find out more about St Elizabeth Hospice and the services it offers, visit www.stelizabethhospice.org.uk

n Do you support the hospice for a special reason? Write to Your Letters, Ipswich Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN.

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