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Shoppers Go Mad For Preloved Treasures

Story: Patricia Higgins | Photo: Bruce Redman
Published On : Oct 22, 2021
Shoppers Go Mad for Preloved Treasures
A trip down the rabbit hole has never been more engrossing and rewarding than when exploring Wilbury's Books and Mad Hatter Enterprises.

The two businesses share a shop in Redcliffe's CBD, offering an eclectic range of preloved treasures with a handful of new finds sprinkled in.

Rebecca, the owner of Wilbury's Books, supplies to book lovers as well as those searching for DVDs, CDs, guitar strings and the like. 

Vanessa, the owner of Mad Hatter Enterprises, caters to those looking for one-of-a-kind items that are wearable (preloved clothing), practical (such as upcycled furniture), and even esoteric (crystals, tarot decks, and rare collectibles).

Rebecca and Vanessa combined forces in mid-2018 after recognising they could offer something even more special as a joint venture.

“We formed a warm bond of friendship while we were neighbours and eventually it became evident that we could achieve more as a team,” Rebecca said.

They outgrew their original retail space on the block opposite Mon Komo, and opportunity knocked thanks to the late Redcliffe icon Ron Harvey.

"He was pivotal in our growth and getting us into our current space. We are eternally grateful to him and he is deeply missed," Rebecca said.

Since then, the pair’s shared vision of creating a beautiful atmosphere offering preloved items (accounting for roughly 90 per cent of their stock) has continued to benefit both them and the community.

“It’s a space to relax, feel safe and inspire creativity. We’re all about less land-fill, less consumption of new products, and therefore fewer toxins in our little ecosystem we call Earth,” Vanessa said.

Various sized spaces within the store are available for hire during business hours, accommodating people looking for a unique location to work remotely, run a book club, or even provide spiritual guidance. After hours, the entire shop can be rented to host an appropriate gathering.

Rebecca and Vanessa expressed their gratitude to the community and their families for their ongoing and unconditional support.

The Wilbury's Books and Mad Hatter Enterprises store is pet-friendly and you can find out more (including public holiday opening hours) by searching their respective business names on Facebook and Instagram.

Wilbury's Books and Mad Hatter Enterprises
7 days a week, 10am-3pm
(excluding some public holidays)
93 Redcliffe Parade, Redcliffe.