ROCHELLE THORNE, OWNER
Born in Berkshire with a huge passion for great service, a love for gorgeous dresses and a weakness for shopping!
It had been a dream idea of mine since 2011 and after a family member really struggled to want to pay out so much for a dress I really started to see the need. I continued to investigate the thoughts of others brides of buying sample and preloved gowns and found there were no reservations. In fact I found myself with a list of ladies looking to sell their gowns and a number of brides to be asking ‘when is this possible’? The excitement started to become a reality.
Although there are a number of preloved sites or home businesses doing similar offerings my passion was to bring a second to none experience for any budding bride searching for that gown. I always knew I wanted each visitor to have my full attention so decided it would be 1-2-1 appointments and that I wanted them to enjoy the experience. Every bride deserves the best treatment, regardless of a new or preloved gown and that was my every intention.
Loving life in London I knew to follow my dream I would move back to my home town to set my dream shop up. Once I had found the perfect premises and loving the life of Caversham where there are so many independent shops I was filled with excitement of what I could produce. The hard work started and a pottery workshop turned into a bridal boutique.
Something Old Something New opened in 2014 stocking sample and preloved gowns, with over 150 dresses in the shop with new gems always arriving. I want to make every bride feel special and will go out of my way to make that possible.
We want to make you feel like a princess on your wedding day and in the lead up to it. We believe that planning a wedding should be joyous, just like the big day itself.
For this reason we are an appointment only boutique so each and every customer receives the care and attention they need, providing an exclusive time to browse through our beautiful bridal gowns.
Something Old Something New is quite different from a traditional bridal boutique, we are a bridal boutique specialising in off the rail ex-sample and preloved designer wedding dresses, with up to 60% off the original selling price. Once a dress is sold it is gone which is why it is important that you are ready to buy a dress when you visit us and not just visiting to get an idea of styles, it is highly inevitable you will fall in love with a gown at our boutique and it will most likely be sold by the time you are ready to buy, which can be very upsetting for a bride-to-be.