Love Vintage Fair co-ordinator Janel Morrissey says she loves vintage clothing because it has a ‘sense of romance’.
Love Vintage Fair co-ordinator Janel Morrissey says she loves vintage clothing because it has a ‘sense of romance’. CATHY ADAMS

Fair to say vintage is in vogue

THE Byron Bay High School hall will host the North Coast’s third Love Vintage Fair on February 27.

Bringing together 30 stallholders from around Australia, co-ordinator Janel Morrissey said the fair would cater for all vintage enthusiasts, whether they were looking to spend $5 or $500.

Vintage fair was held twice last year in Bangalow, but has been moved to Byron Bay this year, where it will be held three times in the coming months.

Ms Morrissey said relocating the fair made sense because the ‘Byron crowd tend to be more fashion conscious and quite mindful of recycling also’.

“There are also many moredesigners around Byron Bay who like to pick up older pieces for their styling ideas”, she said.

Ms Morrissey said despite it being relatively new to the area, the event was becoming more and more popular, with the crowd this month tipped to reach about 1000 vintage hunters.

“We get a lot of young girls at the event, but I’m always surprised by the large numbers of young men there too,” she said.

“Then you get the real vintageenthusiasts who want to buy the old pieces, and there are also the collectors. Lots of older people come along too because they’re often looking for better quality pieces that are better made than the trash you can find in stores today.”

Everything from parasols and original vintage suits to Art Deco jewellery can be found at the fair, as well as items like retro and vintage clothing, lace, parasols, fabrics, hats, handbags and antique canes.

Ms Morrissey, who is also organiser of the Sydney Vintage Clothing Jewellery and Textile show, said vintage clothing had ‘romance’.



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