OUTFITTED: Bryana Van Twest, Jasmine Van Twest, Nicole Elliott and Lily-Rose Larsen amid the fantasy wonder of Pop Them Tags Thrift Shop.
OUTFITTED: Bryana Van Twest, Jasmine Van Twest, Nicole Elliott and Lily-Rose Larsen amid the fantasy wonder of Pop Them Tags Thrift Shop. Renee Albrecht

New thrift store pops tag in Gympie

THOUGH she admits she is not Batman and cannot fly, Jasmine Van Twest not let a little fact like that stop her from trying to help the world.

Instead, she hopes to use the iconic character as an example of how "an ordinary person can do extraordinary things".

"He's just an average person, and I just want to help people," she said.

"He used his brain power to make a change."

And make a change she did, using her own experience to start Pop Them Tags Thrift Shop and give Gympie something it never had before.

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Like all superheroes, the journey for the new store started with one simple moment four years ago: an unfruitful search for a Batman costume.

"I've been doing superhero birthday parties," she said.

"I couldn't find one in town, and then I had to order one online... and it takes so long to get online, and then it's not the right size."

"Trying to find those costumes in Gympie is very limited."

 

Jasmine Van Twest, Bryana Van Twest, Jack Maher and Maxene Grewar are part of the new businesses which have moved in the James Nash Arcade.
Jasmine Van Twest, Bryana Van Twest, Jack Maher and Maxene Grewar are part of the new businesses which have moved in the James Nash Arcade. Renee Albrecht

A happily avowed Batman fan, she said she loved giving people a unique, friendly and practical service not available in the online market.

Just like your average superhero, people never knew when they would need to don a costume and be called into action.

"There's a lot of parties," she said.

"People do so many parties.

"If you want to have a bit of fun that's what it's about."

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