The brainchild of Europe’s largest vintage wholesaler (Glass Onion) and Britain’s biggest vintage fair (Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair), The Vintage Kilo Sale returns this season to the Custard Factory, bringing a bounty of vintage clothing to Brum.
Founded in 2009, the formula for the Kilo Sale is a simple one; based on a model popular in Eastern Europe, the event lets shoppers play trader for a day, scouring over five tonnes of vintage clothing from the 1960s + and pay for their purchases by weight.
Priced at £15 per kilo (an average of 4 items for £15), guests can expect everything from skirts to denim, dresses to menswear, with combinations generating change from a twenty. With each piece unique, the rails wait to be raided, seeing shoppers flock in their thousands to test their luck and hunt for affordable, anti-identikit pieces to add to their wardrobes.
In addition to fashion, accessory aficionados are also after catered for courtesy of Victoria Vintage, selling jewellery, accessories and vintage glitz all from 50p. This combined with the various vintage clothes shops already trading in the Custard Factory such as Ginger Meg’s, Flamingo Vintage etc, will make for a great day of retro clothes shopping.
Whether on the runway or small screen, vintage has never been more vogue; fromDawn O’ Porter’s recent show ‘This Old Thing’ to the sea of seventies shapes at Saint Laurent and DVF to the unmistakable 90s revival (slogan tee-d warts and all), nostalgia has never been more now and the Kilo Sale provides an affordable outlet to channel it. Calling at seven cities nationwide, founder and former celebrity stylist Judy Berger calls it ‘vintage without the worry lines,’ offering shoppers ‘guilt-free retro retail therapy that never pulls too hard on the purse strings.’
The Vintage Kilo Sale visits Birmingham on Saturday 4th October
- Private trade hour 10-11am
- Earlybird public entry 11am, £3 admission
- General public entry 12-4pm, £1.50 admission
The Custard Factory, Gibb Street, Birmingham, B9 4AA.