Vintage has made a comeback: the crescendo is down to but a few aficionados who are flying the flag for timeless in an attempt to keep your wardrobe full of someone else’s past.
Granted, new is good and new is exciting but there’s something quite intriguing, something so special about buying a piece of fabric or thread with a history. After Little Red Vintage closed their doors at the end of January it was a boulder in the road of the vintage revival but undeterred by the news, Pillbox Vintage are going from strength to strength with their fairs that showcase the best of local talent. We sat down with Katy and Nadia, the Mother and Daughter duo behind Pillbox Vintage who have been hosting events for 5 years now.
Tell us about Pillbox Vintage, the inspiration for it, what it does, how long it has been going?
We have been running our vintage fairs for over five years and we are the original and longest running vintage fair provider in Liverpool (Retro Sundays at Leaf). We started out because there was a gap in the market for a regular vintage fair in Liverpool – five years ago Vintage was beginning to become more and more popular and we wanted to offer a selection of well priced vintage stall sellers in a laid back and ‘cool’ venue. We chose Sunday for our fair as we felt Sunday Shopping is generally more relaxed and fun – added to all this was the availability of food and drink. Our stall holders are all local traders, normally without their own shops thus our fairs allow them to get their goods to market and also ensures that we can keep prices lower. We have seen Vintage Fairs come and go and we are delighted to say that ours have gone from strength to strength. We start our first one at Arts Club on Seel St this Saturday after being approached by them to run one.
How do you know each other?
We’re a Mother and Daughter team who have a passion for vintage. We want to offer great vintage at great prices to people in Liverpool and to make the shopping experience as pleasurable as possible. Despite the rumours, we actually think it’s quite nice to work with family!
How often do you hold events?
How important is it to support vintage, especially after closure of Little Red Vintage?
I think it’s more important now than ever to support local vintage boutiques and stall holders. Vintage fairs are a great way to shop in a relaxed and friendly environment no stress. There is also a growing feeling in the UK that it makes sound sense to support and shop with local independent businesses.
Check out their next event this Saturday at Shipping Forecast.