It’s the sexy latest “thing” and not going away (though some of us have always been keen on anything old that can be re-used somehow) that seems to encompass anything prior to the 1990s, which seems a bit odd to me – not just that I’m annoyed at throwing out my 80s shoes, bags, belts, clothes, but also that this makes me vintage too!
When I owned a 1972 MGB Roadster it was considered “classic” at 25 years old, but certainly not vintage – that was for the really old cars, most of which could be started with a handle at the front!
But these days, all things retro and old are again in fashion. We are making do and mending. Re-using, up-cycling, embracing the old – hooray! Perhaps it is thanks to these austere times when we do need to be more sensible with our pennies, but whatever the reason, many of us are thoroughly enjoying it – scouring fairs, boot sales, jumble sales, charity shops, and even eBay on occasion. There are fewer places to find bargains, it seems, but they are still to be had, we just have to look more thoroughly or simply support those doing the finding for us and building their own small business by bringing us what we want.
I don’t get the chance to go too far so rely on the local charity shops and any jumble sales (are there fewer these days?), and occasionally a boot fair. The special vintage fairs are wonderful to visit, with more being organised as the trend remains. But where do you find your vintage? Do share…