The General Store

20 August 2014
Written by Sacha Kenny | Images by Sacha Kenny
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Sacha checks out a funky space in Wellington selling industrial furniture, woodwork, vintage & retro pieces - stuff you may not need but will suddenly want



For anyone with an addiction, such as my own, to second-hand, vintage, recycled, upcycled and well pretty much anything old and funky, I know a fix - the very cool General Store in Wellington’s Aro Valley. This awesome little shop is filled to the brim with the most wonderful mix of new and old furniture, art, lighting and bric-a-brac beautifully restored and brought back to life by store owner Bec Roberts.

Bec and her partner Tom also live upstairs in the Victorian terrace, ex-post office, building. Having bought the property two years ago, Bec, a self-confessed collector from way back, immediately saw the opportunity to turn the shop front into her dream store. ”I’ve always liked making things, I’ve always collected stuff and I just wanted to take it to a bigger level, do it a lot more…and it’s worked.”

With an eye for quirky items, Bec and Tom are constantly on the hunt for interesting pieces, often seeing the beauty in things others are quick to disregard, “It’s easy to see something in a dump and think it’s just trash but as soon as you take it out of that space and buff it up a bit it can be so beautiful”.

If you’re looking for something different, maybe some industrial furniture or handmade woodwork, check-out The General Store, you won’t be disappointed.

The General Store also stock works by:

  • Bec’s brother Mike, creator of Norwegian Wood. Mike uses his self-taught skills to beautifully handcraft recycled wood into unique wares.
  • Fix and Fogg Peanut Butter. Producers of freshly roasted, hand blended peanut butter. 
  • Six Barrel Soda Co., producers of classic fountain-style sodas and soda syrups in the heart of Wellington. 
  • Lambert's Luscious Beard Oil. Certified organic beard oil that will help you grow the beard you've always wanted, without irritation


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