Madi finds vintage groove

Madi Davies has opened pre-loved designer and vintage boutique Centipede.

Madi Davies has created a bright, hip environment and is selling pre-loved, vintage and on-trend clothing in her new boutique called Centipede.

The 22-year-old has set up shop in the front of the former Cates grain store building on West Street, one of the district’s older buildings.

The boutique is light and airy and retains an industrial look.

Some 90 per cent of the items for sale in Centipede are sold on consignment, meaning Madi keeps half of the ticket price and the other half goes to the former clothing owner.

Madi grew up in Mid Canterbury and attended Ashburton College for a couple of years before finishing her schooling in Christchurch.

She has a diploma in hospitality management and has worked in that industry for much of the last six years, latterly at a six star resort on Hamilton Island in Queensland.

“Covid came along, I lost my job and I came back home looking for new opportunities,” she said.

She came across a pre-loved, recycled clothing boutique while working in Christchurch and decided to recreate the concept in Ashburton.

Madi said the former grain store was a great location and a good space to work from. Local contractors had helped her transform it into the look she wanted over the last six weeks.

“It’s a relaxed, calm environment where people are encouraged to browse and try on items,” she said.

There was a range of designer t-shirts, skirts, dresses and denim for women and sweatshirts, shirts and other items for men.

She also had shoes and handbags.

Many items were high end, high quality and all were on-trend, said Madi.

She wanted people to buy clothing and also to bring in items for her to sell on their behalf.

When items were sold, credits would go back to seller accounts and they could use the money to buy items in store or be paid out.

Madi has a clothing store room behind her sales area and the boutique has original floors, now cleaned up, comfortable chairs and a lot of greenery.

Centipede is open Tuesday to Friday from 10am until 6pm and on Saturday from 9am until noon.