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.