In the Spotlight - Mixt

September 10, 2013

Mixt Time to introduce a stockist that is close to our hearts: Mixt. Miranda and Marc know all about selling NZ made products and own two beautiful shops in Kingsland. The only danger when stepping into the store to hand deliver their orders is leaving empty handed. Their stores are beautifully curated and are full of fantastic treasures. Store Name: MIXT Your Name: Miranda Pritchard and Marc Knott Job Title: Owners Location: Kingsland, Auckland Mixt5 How did the idea of the store come about? We opened the original MIXT store in February 2004. We decided to combine our joint interests in vintage, mid-century furniture and collectables (Marc) and contemporary New Zealand made craft and design (Miranda). The result was MIXT - the store continued with this combination in the same premises until November  2012 when we expanded to two stores side by side. Why the name? After much brainstorming we settled on MIXT - the name reflects the original combination of new NZ made and retro that we sell. What kind of products do you sell?  Vintage collectables and furniture, contemporary NZ made gifts, jewellery, ceramics and prints on paper. Mixt4 What are the best and worst things about owning your shop? We love owning MIXT - it is a great job! We have a lot of wonderful, loyal customers and suppliers who we have become good friends with over the years. We get to sell beautiful vintage and NZ made objects and support local designers - what is not to love? Worst things... Probably the scale of commitment required - we both work every day on the business, both in the shop and behind-the-scenes. What's your favourite creative outlet? Arranging the shop displays! Gardening, cooking and crafting with our beautiful daughter Violet (aka the 'Craft Queen') - Miranda Mixt2

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Mixt, Kingsland How do you find new designers / products to stock? This is one of the surprisingly difficult and time-consuming parts of the job - finding unique NZ made products that make our store stand out. We visit fairs, look online and increasingly new suppliers are contacting us directly as we have been around for so long and are well-known for supporting local makers. What song or album are you currently playing in the shop? We sell a range of CDs from NZ distributor Ode Records and have purchased a number to play in the shop - current faves are Ladi 6 and The Eastern and Waves. Where can people find you physical shop and on the web? MIXT is at 502-504 New North Road in Kingsland, Auckland. Best contact online is our Facebook page   All photographs taken by Liora, Toodles Noodles



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