Vivienne Westwood ‘Deep Sky Blazer’, Mini Crini 1985
Due to the amount of comments I received on my post regarding Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair I wanted to address a few issues raised. For the record I published and replied to every comment except those which I felt were not at all productive to our discussion and were little more than a torrent of swear words. I have some young readers and I do not find it appropriate for them to have to see that kind of thing. I think it is great that so many of you are passionate about vintage and that we can all leave our opinions and suggestions and really debate this kind of thing.
Firstly I just want to clarify my disappointment with the fair was that from their website I was led to believe I was going to a barginous event where I could find vintage pieces up to 75% less than I could in high street vintage shops. I personally love the 80s all bright coloured polyester dresses and huge gold-tone blingy jewellery. I tend to pay any thing from ┬ú3 to ┬ú25 for an 80s frock depending on quality and condition etc so thought that I could get something nice for my budget of ┬ú30. I didn’t set out looking for a rare 1920s beaded gown for that price.
As I said in the original post, I appreciate how hard it is for traders and that they have high over heads to cover, but surely they went to the fair knowing how it was being advertised. If their stock didn’t fit in with the company ethos surely choosing to sell at another fair would have been wiser. I didn’t go through every single item at the fair and check its price. As I said none of the items that appealed to me seemed particularly cheap, yet┬á if I had seen something I absolutely loved at a fair price I would have bought it regardless.
Just because I didn’t want to spend money on a ‘quality’ vintage piece that day doesn’t mean I am ignorant of what else is out there. It does not mean that the fair was stocked with beautiful pre-50s pieces which were highly priced due to their rareness and that I did not appreciate their value.
You may or may not agree with me, but we are all entitled to our opinions.
Chanel 2.55 Handbag circa 1955
White mini-dress, 1960s
Printed dress, 1980s
Floral shirt, 1980s
St Michael belt, 1980s
Crystal Frog Bangle, 1980s
Vintage comes in all shapes and sizes, nobody owns the term ‘Vintage’ it is not a brand. Therefore its definition can vary, it can mean different things to different people. I chose to display some of my favourite vintage pieces in this post to demonstrate this. These days anything older than the 1990s can be classed as vintage. I really don’t see why it matters, at the end of the day they are all just old clothes. I collect such old clothes, I also collect old clothes from the 2000’s. Prada 2007 is a particular favourite. I am not a vintage snob, if I like something I place a value on it in my head of what it is worth to me.
The Westwood blazer and Chanel bag to me are priceless. They are both museum pieces. Yet they mean something to me because of their fashion history and I wear them regardless of what price a museum curator may place on them. In fact to another they may just be old junk. I equally like this 1960s dress, I like the shape and the fabric. It is impressive due to its age that it is still so immaculate. The 1980s dress might not be as valuable, if we place say ┬ú50 on the 1960s dress then the 80s one surely comes in much lower. I didn’t pay a lot for it but I took it home, fixed the hem and loose seems, I hand stitched the corsage to the front to conceal an age old stain. Doing all this increased its value because it increased its saleability but it also increased its value to me due to the love and care I gave it. The floral print blouse is the worst quality polyester material, it makes my hair static when I wear it. I guess we could say it is worth about ┬ú5? The belt is leather, it is a nice quality belt but what is it worth? Personally I think I paid about 50p for it.
I specifically wanted to include this frog bangle, it is a big and bold 1980s piece, yet it is in perfect condition, not a stone missing or a flaky area of gold. It was the last thing I purchased from a vintage fair, at Manchester’s Vintage Threads. This is my favourite vintage fair, it has things from every era and is what I call affordable – something for every budget. I paid ┬ú20 for my bracelet, which I think it a fair price. It has little intrinsic value, but I liked it.
So when I get comments like ‘U dont no sh*t about vintage’ I will delete them, they are not productive to this blog, they are valueless like a moth eaten rag. I know quite a lot about vintage, I have a PhD part of which I specialised in analysing ancient Egyptian textiles. 3,000 years old you don’t get more vintage than that! But what I do or don’t know about vintage was never the point of my original post, it was about something being misleading in its advertising, yet maybe that wasn’t what some people wanted to read.