Manager Ellen Paget with owner Tony Gilchrist.
Manager Ellen Paget with owner Tony Gilchrist. Kirstin Payne

Skins can be so very useful

FOR Rose City Wool and Skins owner Tony Gilchrist there is more than one way to use a skin.

"You can use them as a car seat, on your chair, as a baby mat, as a decoration, on the bed and as a swag liner," he said.

And that is just naming a few. Just five weeks into the new store on the corner of Palmerin and Grafton Sts, Mr Gilchrist hopes to stay in the store for a long time yet.

With customers popping in and out of the shop constantly for a gift, or some winter woollies, it's easy to see the strong interest in the business.

"The store started in Cotton Tree," Mr Gilchrist said. He used to travel to the store on the weekends.

His business thrived in the coastal area as skins were popular for insulating and carpeting among the transient caravan community.

"I've always liked sheep's wool. It just can't be compared to anything synthetic at all," Mr Gilchrist said.

Manager Ellen Paget agreed. "A pair of sheep skin uggs will last for years".

"We have had a good start. The first week, people were getting to know the shop. Now they understand what we are about," she said. The store stocks sheep and cattle hide in all breeds, kangaroo skins and over 18 styles of ugg boot.



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