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Claire, pregnant with her fifth child, was passing by her local shop in Rangitikei while talking with friends about Bowie’s famous movie Labyrinth. They were joking about the famous ‘Dance Magic Dance’ song near the end of the movie, and how great it would be to find a similar jumpsuit to the iconic one worn by baby Toby in the scene. Fans will know the famous scene well, as Bowie, who plays the Goblin King, breaks out into song and dance with baby Toby joining in. Claire and her friends wanted to find the perfect jumpsuit to recreate the scene.
The Rangitikei Red Cross shop delivered on Claire’s wish, when that day, a 50c pink baby’s jumpsuit caught her eye.
With the latest member of Claire’s family born two and half months later in March, baby Samuel will soon get to wear his mother’s great find. He and his four siblings, who range in age from 9 to 14, could also be lucky enough to get more clothes as Claire won a $50 voucher for sharing her story on our Red Cross shops facebook page. We asked people to tell us about a quirky, beautiful, vintage or weird purchase from one of our shops.
With Samuel now three weeks old, Claire hasn’t yet recreated the Labyrinth scene, as she’s so busy with her newborn.
“And we’re still on the lookout for a David Bowie lookalike to help us!” she says.
Find quirky, one-off, vintage or bargain items
Our 53 Red Cross shops around the country sell all sorts of quirky finds and bargain treasures, from baby’s jumpsuits to bric-a-brac and homeware. As Claire discovered, you never know what you might find.
To raise funds and help out our most vulnerable communities around New Zealand, there are many ways to support your local shop:
Find pre-loved treasures in your local shop
Donate your preloved items and clothing
Volunteer in a shop
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