There's something wonderful about pre-loved or vintage garments. Vintage shopping is ideal for anybody who gets a kick out of finding some beautiful, unique pieces, and usually at a fraction of the department store price. What's that rush of adrenalin you're feeling? That's you getting your thrills handing over an even tenner to a stallholder as she hands you your new pre-loved maxi skirt (with a label that would definitely retail for over $80 at least in your local Westfield).
The Round She Goes Fashion Market is a great one-stop shop (sorry, market) for all your pre-loved garment and accessory needs. Around 60 stalls were set up for the vintage-hungry Marrickville crowd, each specializing in quality vintage fashion or accessories, and even some featuring local jewellery designers.
The foyer at the Marrickville Town Hall, Sydney, with stallholders already so busy!
I spent my mid morning happily wandering around Marrickville Town Hall, browsing through each stall's wares, my biggest worry that day being the time (will I be able to get out of here with enough time to get to my car before the parking runs out?). The vibe of the hall was friendly and busy – it was the perfect place to be on a Saturday. There was coffee and food at the venue too, so you didn't have to shop on an empty stomach.
Not all stallholders were designers or vintage storeowners in their lives outside of the market. One stallholder I spoke to was helping her mother sell some of her unwanted clothing. She had been a stallholder at the previous Round She Goes market in Sydney in May and had enjoyed it so much she applied again (you can apply online if you're interested). Speaking to her made me see how easy it was to support pre-loved and recycled fashion.
Recycology: A Mother-Daughter team was manning (womanning, I should say) this stall, and they had some lovely vintage fashion on display. The items that caught my eye were beautiful old-fashioned leather suitcases displayed proudly at the front of their stall. Recycology is a proud supporter of vintage fashion and they are often found at various vintage markets around Australia.
Whimsy and Wonder: Touting themselves as specialists in "retro, vintage, shabby chic paper goods", Whimsy and Wonder added extra charm to an already delightful event.
Pixie Pop Vintage: I made a beeline for this stall, despite the fact that it was set up in the corner. The brightly coloured vintage shirts and dresses caught my attention and I even walked away with a purchase.
SilverMonk: This jewellery designer sold her unique, striking jewellery designs, handmade in sterling silver.
The Barefaced Bride: Now's here's a stall I applauded. If you're a bride-to-be who is baulking at the rising costs of your wedding day, perhaps a spot of vintage bridal shopping will calm you down? I loved that the dresses were so beautifully maintained and that they really were reasonably priced.
The Barefaced Bride
The Round She Goes Fashion Market is a wonderful place to while away the hours with your friends. If you want to support your community, be mindful of your eco footprint and get a hot bargain in the process, this is the market for you! When I left, I had bought bronze earrings, a horseshoe necklace, a jacket, a white floral skirt and a black and white maxi skirt. Total cost = $50. Suck on them thrift shop discounts, Macklemore.
The next Round She Goes Fashion Market will be held on Saturday, 19th October at Marrickville Town Hall in Sydney, Sunday, 8th September at Kingston City Hall in Moorabbin, Victoria and Saturday, 21st September at the German Club Hall in Adelaide, South Australia.