Early 1916 Grandma Button Box Brown Paper Covered Wood Box Brass Latch


The Gatherings Antique Vintage – Early 1900 Grandma Button Box Brown Paper Covered Wood Box Brass Latch, $18.50 (store.the-gatheri…)

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

The rise of vintage from fashion to furniture has been documented on blogs as well as in the media .

But as increasing numbers of businesses rebrand pre-owned as shabby chic will retro style drop out of favour?

"Even if you return 2-3 years you employed to get real bargains. You could buying old furniture on eBay and acquire it for 99p, now the same backpacks are £60 or £70," says Estelle Riley.

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

But recently the buzz of vintage has caused its very own problems.

"We utilized to head to charity shops and get furniture for close to nothing but you can not 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 can afford.

But chances are they'll did start to such as the old-fashioned look and sought after pieces that is painted or distressed to recreate the vintage look at home.

And inspite of the challenges in seeking out a bargain she believes vintage continues to be rising.

"We only build the business in February but we've noticed vintage fairs have grown to be really popular," she said.

But vintage could turned into a victim of their success, in accordance with Collette Costello.

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

She said: "The market is learning to be a bit saturated. Quite often an event will say it really is vintage however you go along to see they've adopted the saying vintage to trade second-hand."

Vintage is defined as representing the high-quality products of the past such as designer clothing or classic cars - but to numerous it has be a catch-all term for any situation that looks old - whether or not the item itself is new.

'Become wise'

"I sell stuff which is within the design of vintage but everything I make is brand new. Too many people take shoddy goods and selling them as vintage - the standard is going down," she said.

"Consumers will not be thinking about couple of years time as prices climb 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 create vintage items for sale online, was set up 36 months ago after the charity noticed lots more people were typing the word "vintage" in the website's search box.

Caroline Swarbrick, Oxfam's trading events manager, said the charity ensured volunteers knew what genuine vintage was and failed to label things as vintage whenever they were just second-hand.

"We're really careful to speak to our volunteers and say to them retro means retrospective, so it is made within the style of a certain era, whereas vintage is anything over 20 years old, so no later than the 80s.

"If it's over 100 years old it's antique."

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

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

Whether vintage is still on the rise or beginning decline, everyone agrees items from your 1950s are still the biggest draw for anyone seeking some slack from economic doom and gloom.

Ms Costello said: "A large amount of fabric was used in skirts and the high quality was high - shops wouldn't make skirts prefer that now simply because they would cost money.

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

"There was an exuberance concerning the 50s. After the war people didn't take life lightly too seriously - we look back into it being a more pleasurable time."

Catherine Wright thinks one more reason to the appeal could be the hourglass shape of 1950s women's clothing.

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

"Fashion very naturally swings and yes it was time for your turn to keep coming back.

"The 50s style speaks quite definitely to women's endless fixation on physique - it is quite attractive to wear a big skirt that could build your bottom go away."

But inspite of the rise of vintage threatening to flood industry, she said she had not been concerned.

"It's sort of inevitable how the bubble will burst but vintage will still be here because individuals is still interested in beautiful old things."

Leave A Reply

Your email address will not be published.