WHAT started as a girlie chat over a bottle of wine during lockdown has very quickly become a fresh new fashion business in Belfast.
The Wardrobe with its chic and welcoming interior is home to a plethora of designer goodies such as dresses, jewellery, bags and shoes.
However, don't expect to be forking out hundreds of pounds for a sought-after label as all the items in the shop are pre-loved, making them available at a fraction of the usual retail price.
A bargain hunter's paradise, a quick look through the rails reveals designer gems including vintage Chanel, Victoria Beckham and Coach as well as high street favourites such as Topshop and Zara, with price tags starting from £5 up to £250.
The concept came about following a girly get-together by Belfast pals Janine Drysdale and Andrea O'Neill.
A shop which aims to suit all budgets, ages and tastes it opened its doors in mid-November and has been doing a roaring trade with fashion lovers.
With money being tight for so many because of the health crisis, people have also embraced the chance to turn unwanted clothes into hard cash as a percentage of the price achieved goes to whoever donated the item.
Janine (33) lives in Belfast and is married to Stephen (35), a computer programmer and is mum to Sam (6) and Martha (3).
She has spent her career in newspaper advertising which she has now given up to focus on her new venture full-time.
Andrea (48) is a well-known local businesswoman who runs the popular restaurants Coppi and Buba with her husband Tony (48). She also has two children Jasmine (20) and Jake (18).
With both of her restaurants having been closed until this weekend due to the restrictions, Andrea says the last thing she was expecting was to open yet another business during a lockdown.
She recalls how it came about: "Janine and I had got together for lunch in August. We've been best friends for many years.
"Janine had worked in a consignment boutique selling quality second hand clothes in Canada a few years ago, where this style of shopping is extremely popular.
"We both felt there was definitely a gap in the market here for something similar.
"With the recent spotlight on the environmental impact of fast fashion and the need to reduce landfill waste, we knew there would be an appetite for a store reselling pre-loved items.
"Most of us have clothes taking up room in our wardrobes that we feel are too good to go into the textile recycling bins or the local charity shop.
"I was able to clear out 40 items from mine alone towards stocking the shop.
"We talked about the idea over a bottle of wine and by the time the bottle was finished we had decided to bite the bullet and go for it. I had a little more time on my hands as my other businesses, Coppi and Buba, were dealing with the effects of lockdown and restricted capacity and Janine was on furlough from her job."
Janine has been thinking of opening a shop like The Wardrobe ever since she spent a year in Canada in 2012 and is thrilled her dream has finally become a reality.
She says: "I worked in a shop in Vancouver selling second hand items that were like new with people getting a percentage of the sale price.
"It is very popular in Canada where very few people buy new. I would have spent all my wages in it.
"When I came back home to Northern Ireland I promised I would open a shop like it one day.
"Being furloughed because of Covid made me think more about my work/life balance and when I met Andrea for lunch I told her I would love to do something for myself.
"I am very guilty of buying cheap fashion and wearing it once and putting it into a bag for the charity shop. Our focus now is on trying to help prevent so much going to landfill by offering quality clothes at discounted prices."
Fast forward just two months from that initial conversation and the girls have been busy, taking their idea and making it a reality.
Together they have managed to secure premises to rent, designed the interior and the brand, oversaw building work on their shop, built a website and set up social media pages as well as gather quality stock from local Belfast women who love the concept.
The girls opened on the Newtownards Road on November 14 and are thrilled that, in keeping with the shop's name, they are located at CS Lewis Square across from a sculpture honouring the famous children's book, The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe.
Gathering stock was not an issue as a call on Facebook for items had them inundated with messages as they quickly attracted several hundred enthusiastic followers in just a few days.
Janine says: "We really were overwhelmed. We've got quite a few designer labels including Chanel, Victoria Beckham, Coach, Anya Hindmarch as well as jewellery, shoes and handbags.
"This is mixed with high quality high street items so we are catering for everyone.
"Our most expensive item at the minute is a Coach bomber jacket which is brand new and has a recommended retail price of £530 and which we are selling for £245. We also have a beautiful pair of Derek Lam trousers which retail at around £300 for just £65."
If items sell, owners have a choice of taking a percentage of the sale price in cash, using it as credit for the shop or donating what they have made to charity.
The girls will hold items for 60 days and if they don't sell they will return them or the owner has the option of donating them to a charity shop.
You can pop into the shop on the Newtownards Road or follow The Wardrobe on Facebook and Instagram to keep ahead of some of the unique items in stock.
Janine adds: "We are both really excited to open our doors and just hope that in these tough times people enjoy picking up a bargain or turning their unwanted wardrobe items into hard cash, helping the environment along the way."