The Got-a-Go boutique in Edith Street has been a Wynnum institution for over forty years with Popsy and sister Sue at the helm for all but a few years.
Popsy ‘emigrated’ to Wynnum from South Australia in the eighties with her husband and walked into the boutique looking for work. She began doing alterations, working every second Saturday. Within two years she was the owner and has never looked back, taking the existing boutique from middle price fashions to a more upmarket selection.
Walking into the boutique is like a colourful ‘Aladdin’s Cave’ of top quality women’s clothing, accessories, handbags and more… enough to please any fashionista. Popsy describes herself as a ‘frustrated department store buyer’ with her vast selection on offer. From beads to ball gowns the boutique has the lot.
Popsy explains the popularity of the boutique that has often serviced three generations of families from grandmother to daughter and granddaughter…
“We provide just good customer and personalised service.” Popsy explains. “We have many loyal customers and get a lot of referrals by word of mouth and provide a range of top labels you don’t need to travel to the City for.”
Her list of labels are a ‘Who’s Who’ of designer names from around the world including Canadian Joseph Ribkoff, Italian Elizabeth Cavaletti and French designer Lauren Vidal.
Some unique items stand out such as the recent addition of a handbag from Brazil decorated with hundreds of recycled Coke ring pulls. The handbag sales go towards helping Brazilian women with employment.
Popsy is a little vague about celebrities that may have passed by the store. Maybe discretion is part of the key to attracting them. Perhaps word will get around to Angelina Jolie if she needs to update her wardrobe whilst filming on the Bay.
The Wynnum lifestyle has great appeal to Popsy, who lives with her family within walking distance of the shop.
“It’s a lovely friendly community, like a country town” she says, often donating to local community events.
For a spot of relaxation Popsy heads to North Queensland for five weeks each year trekking, camping and of course Barra fishing. All with no designer gumboots in sight.