After three years in its current space, Makenew Curated Thrift Shop (2468 Agricola Street) is moving a little further north. “I’m growing up a bit,” says the boutique’s owner, Anna Gilkerson, of her news—Makenew will officially re-open in the former 31 Westgate location (2698 Agricola Street) in early May. (And in case you missed it, 31 Westgate is headed for Doyle Street.) “I’ve been looking for a space for awhile, it’s hard to find something on Agricola,” she says. “I’d sort of given up and all of a sudden this place came up.”
The new shop offers not just better visibility for foot traffic, but twice as much space for beautiful things with over 1,000 square feet. “We’re going to have way more room for pre-worn,” says Gilkerson. “And we’ll also have more cool brands coming in, stuff that you cannot find in Halifax.” Along with her carefully collected second-hand fashions—which will include an entirely denim section—there will be more shoes, accessories, skin care, bathing suits and homeware. And Gilkerson’s own line, AKG.
“The feel this season, we’re bringing a tiny bit more colour to the line, and really celebrating the woman’s body,” she says of the ethically made collection of knits and intimates. “It’s loungy, it’s basic, but it’s stuff you want to covet.” Gilkerson adds that she’s always aiming to be inclusive to all types of shoppers and bodies (her demographic spans from 20 to 80) and hopes an expansion will give her more room to do that. “ I really loved my spot and I’ve been growing really slowly on purpose, because I didn’t want to take on too much,” she says. “Now it’s time.”
Makenew will be open at its current location until April 29.