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Upcoming Vintage Market Dates to Note!

Lifestyle, Vintage Markets, Vintage Shopping TipsHester Fleming
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Thank you to everyone who came to visit me at the Round She Goes, May event. It was a fantastic day and a tremendous success!! At this stage I won't be popping up at any more 2018 markets. I'll be focusing on my book launch, sourcing more beautiful pieces and product development. I should be popping up again mid 2019.  However, for now, here's a list of my favourite markets coming up! Winter vintage shopping in Australia is fantastic. Pieces have been sourced by traders from all over the world and I always find this a great time of year to buy. I highly recommend you go to at least one.

Sydney
Save the date: 29th July
Rock n Roll & Alternative Market
Manning House, Camperdown
Click here for more details.

Save the dateSaturday 18th of August
Round She Goes
Marrickville Town Hall.
Click here for more details.

Melbourne:
Save the date: Sunday 12th August
Round She Goes
Coburg Town Hall, Coburg.
Click here for more details.

Canberra:
Save the date: Sunday 7th October
360 Fashion Market
Kingston Foreshore, Canberra
Click here for more details

Shop Vintage in Tokyo!

Travel, Lifestyle, Vintage Jewellery, Vintage Markets, Vintage Shopping TipsHester Fleming
  Koenji PAL Mall. Picture courtesy of Google.

Koenji PAL Mall. Picture courtesy of Google.

Tokyo, the capital of Japan, has such an exciting and diverse, urban cultural landscape.  Most people who visit Tokyo are well aware of the Harajuku fashion district, put on the international fashion map by roaming global street photographers.  However, I also recommend you take a morning out of your itinerary to visit the neighbourhood of Koenji

A short distance from Shinjuku station (click here for the metro map), Koenji has an enormous selection of vintage fashion, jewellery and accessories boutiques to tempt.   There are vintage stores packed with retro American brand names such as Levi's, Nike, American Eagle and loads of military wear.  You can find beautiful second hand kimonos, silk scarves, a gorgeous selection of mid century clip on earrings and stunning gold tone brooches.  High end vintage pieces from Hermes, Burberry, Gucci, YSL and Chanel are also on offer, but the price tag on these pieces is hefty. 

When travelling Japan, I found Youtube to be particularly helpful.  I like to have a few visual reference points when venturing into a less touristy area. I found a great clip here for Keonji's vintage fashion scene, featuring Samual Thomas, a British Fashion journalist.  The great thing about Koenji and much of Tokyo is that you really can delve in and explore, finding fantastic treasures, as travel keepsakes along the way. 

Travel Tip: Three Great Vintage Markets To Visit In New York

Vintage Jewellery, Lifestyle, Vintage Markets, Vintage Shopping Tips, TravelHester Fleming

When you're planning that exciting trip to New York, I highly recommend including a Saturday or Sunday morning pottering around a Manhattan vintage flea market. They're a great experience and a fascinating insight into the world of New York fashion. Celebrities, editors, journalists, bloggers, costume designers, fashion designers etc, are often seen at these markets for inspiration. When I was living in New York, I made a habit of attending at least one every weekend. Also worth noting, is many of the vintage traders at these markets, have an amazing background in fashion. If you give them a minute or two, try and spark up a conversation, they have a wonderful knowledge and love to talk.  Please note, each market title below is linked with their website homepage, offering up to date information about locations and trading hours.

 1. Chelsea Flea Market

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While I was living in New York, this market was my favourite. I used to turn up early on a weekend morning with a warm coffee in hand. This market trades no matter what the weather is doing. Please note, the speciality of this market is jewellery and collectables, with little clothing.  I used to pick up some great mid century costume jewellery pieces by Trifari, Monet and Coro. Lots of couture scarves and a few bags.  The location of this market is great as well. It's within a ten minute walk to the Flatiron building, Madison Square Park and the wonderful Italian dining establishment Eaterly.  

2. Grand Bazaar, Upper West Side

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As I lived in Brooklyn, I didn't head up to this market often, but when I did, it didn't disappoint. Held every Sunday, there's a real mix of bric-a-brac, artists and designers, vintage/antique dealers and artisanal food vendors.  As this is an indoor/outdoor market, make sure you go inside. There are some great costume jewellery vendors to meet. I've also found the pricing really competitive at this market too. Another aspect to note about this market, is that it hosts themed monthly events, such as home decor and furniture bazaars, and craft pop ups. You can check their 2018 calendar of events here. There's a lot going on, the market organisers make a huge effort to keep things interesting and dynamic. The Grand Bazaar is also in close proximity to Central Park and the fascinating Natural History Museum.  You can make a fantastic day out of visiting this market and the Upper West Side. 

3. Hells Kitchen Flea Market 

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Another great market for bric-a-brac, antique/vintage vendors, and so many other types of collectables, I feel like you could find anything and everything here.  I always found this market great for mainstream vintage bags but that could just be my experience there. Located near Times Square and the Port Authority Bus Terminal, it's easily accessible too. This market is run every weekend, including Thanksgiving and Christmas Day! No need to stay cooped up in your apartment... And watch out for a regular vintage fashion vendor here, The Closet Without Walls, they have a jaw dropping collection to indulge in. 

If you would like to know more about visiting New York vintage markets, please contact me here

Images accompanying this post are courtesy of google.

Vintage Seekers Survival Guide: The Sydney Antique and Collectables Fair

Lifestyle, Vintage Jewellery, Vintage AccessoriesHester FlemingComment
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On the first Sunday of each calendar month, approximately 100 dealers from all over Australia, set up at the Sydney Antique and Collectables Fair, Wentworth Park Function Centre, Glebe. General admission is $6. Doors open at 9am and close at 3pm. Here are my top tips to make the most of this event, and others that you may attend.

1. Make sure you bring cash. Some dealers have an eftpos machine or a square reader, however, they don't always work.  You can withdraw cash from the event organiser but there is a fee on top of this withdrawal. My suggestion is to plan to visit an ATM before you arrive, to avoid any ounce of disappointment. 

2. Bring some nibbles and a bottle of water.  While there's a cafe on site which serves plenty of coffee and tea, a few nuts or a museli bar is a sure way too keep your mind sharp when you're working your way through the enormous range of collectables.

3. Wear comfortable shoes. There's lots to see and practically no where to sit, other than the cafe on site, which is always busy. 

3. Arrive early. It's a well known fact, trade starts as soon as the doors open.  For the best pieces of the day, it's first in, best dressed.

4. Be prepared to seriously rummage. Some dealers have mountains of estate lots on tables, waiting to be picked through. It's not glamorous, but there are definitely diamonds in the rough to be found. Be patient. 

5. Look at the piece of interest thoroughly. Think about the weight, the condition and whether all the stones are there, or if you see any cracks. Consider whether any repair work needs to be done and if you have the extra resources available to fix the piece properly.   

6. Ask the dealer politely for the best price they can offer.  Nine times out of ten, dealers won't be outrageous with their pricing. Often their first price is their best price. However, if you're buying a few pieces from a collection, then you can expect a reasonable discount. 

7. Regularly attend the Sydney Antiques and Collectables Fair. There's nothing better than developing a relationship with the dealers who trade at these shows. Let them know what you're interested in and ask a few questions about their collection. A touch of loyalty goes a long way too..  

Good Luck.