Last Saturday I found myself joining a long queue of people, eager to get into the Old Fire Station where the Preloved Kilo vintage clothing sale was held. I was surprised to see so many people, most of whom were students, already there at 9 am. Originally, I thought I would’ve been able to get in, grab the best bits from the rack and then go. But clearly, it wasn’t going to be so easy.
I was right. Despite the venue being filled with retro sports apparel, party gear and desirable denim, it was really hard to get my hands on them due to the number of shoppers, all wanting to reach that Adidas jacket and those Lee jeans. Personally, I think the venue was a bit too full as it was almost impossible to have a browse of the selection, and once I reached the rack, I have to say I was a bit disappointed. I have been to quite a few kilo sales and vintage boutiques and found some absolute bargains, like a head-turning Red Bull biker jacket and Juicy velour sets and for me, this Preloved Kilo sale didn’t really offer anything exciting.
I have to say though if you’re looking for a good pair of Converses that aren’t screaming ‘shop-bought’, I was impressed to see that sale had a table filled with different colours and prints, some of which I had never even seen before. In fact, I found the shoe and accessory section with some lovely handbags and jewellery far more interesting than the clothes themselves. I came across far too many broken zippers and badly stained garments – big turn off for me. However, even though I was a bit bummed to not find anything for myself, my eco-loving side was more than happy to see so many bargain-hunters filling their bags with second-hand garments for £15 per kilo.
Not only is buying vintage in bulk wallet-friendly but by now, we’re all more or less aware of the fast-fashion industry’s devastating impact on the environment, which is another reason to go for something recycled. According to Forbes Magazine, more than 150 billion garments are produced annually, enough to provide 20 new pieces of clothing to every person on the planet, every year. Earlier this year, The Guardian reported about a new study which had found out that Britons were expected to send 235 million items of clothing to landfill this spring – and who knows how much higher the numbers are by the end of 2017?
Recycling clothes and buying second-hand have gotten so much easier in the past few years with vintage fashion gaining popularity, and apps like Depop becoming one of the best ways to spot something edgy. Preloved Kilo and the Vintage Clothing Kilo Sale are definitely accounts to follow on Facebook as they tend to visit Bournemouth pretty regularly, and if you happen to be travelling to the capital, Beyond Retro is definitely a quirky place to check out. In other words, there are really no excuses for dumping that slightly aged Umbro jumper into the bin.
It’ll probably be in fashion sooner or later, anyway.
Edited by Silva Chege