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Cupcakes, bunting and pre-loved treasures coming to a village hall near you soon.

The rise of vintage from fashion to furniture has been extensively recorded on blogs and in the media .

But fat loss businesses rebrand second-hand as shabby chic will retro style fallout of favour?

"Even in case you turn back several years you used to get real bargains. You could buying old furniture on eBay and obtain it for 99p, now the same items are £60 or £70," says Estelle Riley.

Ms Riley sells "shabby chic" furniture and accessories within the West Midlands over the business she co-owns, The Secret Garden.

But recently very good of vintage is mainly responsible for a unique problems.

"We utilized to go to charity shops and get furniture for close to nothing but you cannot accomplish that now," she said.

One of Collette Costello's designs
Image captionThe 1950s were characterised by fun fashion trends

Initially people bought second-hand furniture and restored it as it was all they are able to afford.

But chances are they begun to such as the old-fashioned look and looked for pieces that might be painted or distressed to recreate the vintage look at home.

And regardless of the challenges in looking for a bargain she believes vintage remains going up.

"We only setup the organization in February but we've noticed vintage fairs have become really popular," she said.

But vintage could become a victim of the company's success, based on Collette Costello.

The Manchester-based designer creates clothes and bags depending on designs from your past.

She said: "The market is transforming into a bit saturated. Quite often a meeting will say it really is vintage however you go and find out they've adopted the term vintage to offer pre-owned."

Vintage is defined as representing the high-quality products of the past including designer clothing or classic cars - but to numerous it has turned into a catch-all term for anything that looks old - set up item itself is new.

'Become wise'

"I sell stuff which can be in the kind of vintage but everything I make is brand new. Too many people are taking shoddy goods and selling them as vintage - the quality is going down," she said.

"Consumers defintely won't be interested in a couple of years time as prices increase and the ones become wise to it."

Charity Oxfam launched its vintage section online and saw sales through its website shoot up by 400%.

Collette Costello
Image captionCollette Costello thinks the vintage marketplace is becoming saturated

The service, allowing Oxfam's 700 shops to post vintage items available for sale online, was set up 36 months ago following the charity noticed lots more people were typing the term "vintage" into the website's search box.

Caroline Swarbrick, Oxfam's trading events manager, said the charity ensured volunteers knew what genuine vintage was and would not label things as vintage whenever they were just second-hand.

"We're really careful to talk to our volunteers and inform them retro means retrospective, so it is made within the type of a certain era, whereas vintage is anything over 2 decades old, so no later than the 80s.

"If it's over century old then it is antique."

Just three weeks ago your website recorded its highest ever sales earning £4,000 in a week.

The charity even has a vintage shop in Manchester - Oxfam Originals - and boutiques scattered round the UK which sell vintage goods.

Whether vintage is still going up or beginning decline, everyone agrees items in the 1950s are still the biggest draw for the people seeking an escape from economic doom and gloom.

Ms Costello said: "A great deal of fabric was used in skirts and the standard was high - shops wouldn't make skirts that way now given that they would cost excess amount.

The 50s style speaks a lot to women's endless fixation on body shapeCatherine Wright, Hepwrights Boutique

"There was an exuberance regarding the 50s. After the war people didn't take life lightly too seriously - we look back onto it as a more enjoyable time."

Catherine Wright thinks another reason for the appeal will be the hourglass form of 1950s women's clothing.

The vintage boutique owner, who sells clothes and collectibles from her Southampton shop, said: "If you take a look at High Street fashion this has been slouchy sportswear for some time.

"Fashion very naturally swings and it was time for the look for revisit.

"The 50s style speaks very much to women's endless fixation on physique - it is quite popular with wear a big skirt that will help make your bottom disappear completely."

But despite the rise of vintage threatening to flood the marketplace, she said she wasn't concerned.

"It's kind of inevitable how the bubble will burst but vintage it is here because those will still be enthusiastic about beautiful old things."

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