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Pop-Up Shop Embraces Products Of Inconvenience

Pop-Up Shop Embraces Products Of Inconvenience
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The Inconvenience Store sells goods that money can't buy.

Leah Gonzalez
  • 7 march 2014

Post-quake creative urban regeneration initiative Gap Filler has launched a new project called The Inconvenience Store, a hybrid retail space and art project in Christchurch, New Zealand.

The project features a week-long residency – meaning someone new takes over the shop each week, and transforms it and runs it according to their own interpretation of an “inconvenience store.” The store sells goods like a Pint of Patience and a 30-Hour Day, hoping to create a memorable experience for visitors and have at least one item that can be purchased with some form of currency.

The project is part of Gap Filler’s mission to activate vacant sites with creative projects for the community. The project also aims to fight against the conformity that convenience breeds, especially with the growing suburban shopping mall culture that is so focused on making everything convenient.

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According to Gap Filler co-founder Ryan Reynolds, Christchurch’s central city was already struggling with this culture of convenience even before the earthquakes. He said,

Many people want to push the inner city down that path towards more convenience, with free parking everywhere and a central air-conditioned mall. We feel that the central city needs a point of difference, that we should embrace inconvenience and turn it into an asset and point of attraction for the city.

He describes The Inconvenience Store as something that “might fulfill a genuine central city need; raise a critical voice; be absurd, silly, enjoyable; lead to new ideas for the central city; be a ‘real’ store, or an art project, or a performance piece, or pretty much anything that responds to this terrain.”

The store is located temporarily in a vacant space in Cathedral Junction and is open Tuesdays to Sundays from 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM. The store is closed on Mondays to allow the next residents to make over the space.

Visitors can already look forward to unique stores such as the two-hour shop or a shop where customers must spend two hours to make a purchase, a shop selling only orange products, a store that trades for abstract concepts, and more. A schedule can be found on the store’s Facebook page or on Gap Filler’s website.

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