The Adelaide Remakery

9-17 Young St, Adelaide SA 5000

Waste. It’s a war we’re collectively and continually battling. Between old clothes, discarded trinkets and general rubbish, it can be easy to get bombarded by life’s clutter. While none of us want to live in a throw away society, the hoards of single-use goods often mean it’s cheaper to replace goods than to maintain or fix them.

Enter The Adelaide Remakery, a local answer to a global phenomenon. Battling the war on waste head on, Renew Adelaide’s latest endeavour sees a unique approach to the reuse, reduce, recycle mantra.

Located on the CBD’s Young Street, the Remakery is shaking things up in a very good way. The west-side shopfront sees beautiful homewares, gifts and clothing made entirely from repurposed items – but you definitely wouldn’t know it. From chip packets to wine barrels, nothing goes to waste and everything is beautiful at The Adelaide Remakery.

The project came together by serendipity right from the beginning, as good ideas floating in the stratosphere collided in the right place at the right time. Teaming up with the vacant space wizards at Renew Adelaide, co-founders Helen and Sue hit the ground running to get a shop up and running that supports all things local and sustainable.

Inspired by other initiatives around the globe, co-founders Helen and Sue combined their general concept of a hand-made store with their love of the repurposing movement. Now providing a platform for others dedicated to the crusade, the store’s creatives are experts in turning discarded materials into beautiful works of art.

Not only is The Adelaide Remakery dedicated to showcasing and distributing goods made from repurposed items, but also to changing the community mindset around waste. Decked out with sewing machines and cosy knitting corners, the Young Street locale is putting an end to the untouched ‘mend-it’ pile as it plays host to a range of workshops. From threading the needle through to the full machine rundown, The Remakery’s team of experts are there to guide even the most inexperienced novice.

Michaela McGrath, Clique Mag, 24/8/17