Getting started at a Vintage Kilo Sale!By Sj.Cliff
Vintage Sale, you say?
Born in 2009, the humble Vintage Kilo Sale has started to get a younger generation into vintage clothes like never before. Thinking about it, anything can be vintage (apart from the H&M top you bought last week), but the vintage we are talking about are clothes from the 60’s to the 90’s.
The Vintage Kilo Sales work with an awesome vintage wholesaler called Glass Onion who collects stock from around the world and sorts it at their warehouse in the UK. You may even recognise them from the vintage section of Urban Outfitters
For older or more fragile pieces, you’ll have to visit the Vintage Kilo Sales older sister Judy’s Affordable Vintage.
So, what’s with the Kilo part?
Simples little bargain hunters! Instead of paying a ticket price per item that you buy, at the end of your shopping trip your purchases are weighed. Each kilo you want to take home is £15! That normally averages out at around three-five items per kilo, which means you can get an epic, unique outfit and take yourself for a drink afterwards with a £20 note!
As Birmingham’s event will be my first experience of a kilo sale, I asked my contact Jenessa for a few newbie tips. While she may be the events co-ordinator, Jenessa is also a long-time hauler, who’s found some of her favourite pieces hidden on a rail or at the bottom of a tub. Here’s what she had to say:
Bring an open mind – Yeah, you may not be used to shopping this way, but what you can find will surprise you! The same applies for clothing! Try on styles you would usually pick up - you’ll get some great results.
And a trusted mate – A great mate will tell you when you should go and try something on and if items really suit you. Trust their opinion and push a few boundaries!
They’re also another great pair of spotting eyes (or item carriers!)
Grab as you go - items at kilo sales are one of a kind, so if you like the look of something then grab it! At the vintage sale, you can weigh your items as many times as you like before you commit to buying, so keep pieces you aren’t sure about and you can decide if they make the final weigh in!
Tag what you’ve bagged - Share the items you’ve picked up at the kilo sale on Twitter or Instagram along with the #kilobargains! Not only can you share your looks with other thrifters, but you may get a re-post from the Kilo Vintage Sale or win a free kilo prize!
The next upcoming sale is Saturday (May 30th) in The Custard Factory, Birmingham but if that’s too far for you to travel then check the Vintage Kilo Sale event list! Held across the country, from Bath to York, there’s bound to be one near you!
What’re you waiting for?!