Janel Morrissey, of Alstonville, with some of the vintage pieces on sale at today’s Love Vintage Fair at Byron Bay High School.
Janel Morrissey, of Alstonville, with some of the vintage pieces on sale at today’s Love Vintage Fair at Byron Bay High School. Cathy Adams

Love Vintage Fair on today

IF YOU have forgotten to get up early for today’s vintage fair in Byron Bay, you might still be able to snaffle a bargain or sought-after treasure.

That’s because teenagers and uni students – notoriously late risers – now number among the keenest vintage collectors, according the fair’s organiser, Janel Morrissey.

It’s the bright and puffy designs of the 1980s these kids are looking for.

“They are really just after something cool to wear,” Ms Morrissey said.

She said she was prompted to organise today’s Love Vintage Fair at the Byron Bay High School auditorium after the success of two similar fairs in Bangalow last year.

Each fair attracted around 1000 visitors.

Ms Morrissey said vintage usually referred to items made between 1900 and 1960.

Before 1900 is antique, while post-1960 is more retro.

But Ms Morrissey said many of the 30 dealers who had come from around Australia to run stalls at the fair dealt in 1980s clothes because of their growing popularity.

“Many of the dealers have a bit of a following,” she said.

“People seek them out at fairs – they know they have great stock.”

While vintage homewares will be on sale, along with highly sought after collectibles such as magazines and perfume bottles, the fair will mainly feature clothes.

“A brief description of the main goods would be vintage clothing, antique and vintage jewellery, vintage accessories like shoes, hats, handbags, parasols, even walking sticks,” Ms Morrissey said.

She said dealers were increasingly sourcing their stock from the US, because Americans were proving to be better hoarders than Australians.

“They have those big houses with attics,” she said.

“Their climate is also kinder to clothes than ours – not so humid.”

Ms Morrissey said she thought vintage clothes were growing in popularity because they were better made than today’s clothes.

She said part of their appeal was that it was a novelty to buy something not made in China.

“I guess these things were made to last,” she said.

Love Vintage Fair

Doors open at 9.30am.

Clothes, jewellery and household goods on sale. There is a $3 charge for adults to enter the fair.

Vintage items are usually dated between 1900 and 1960, but ’80s fashion may be the flavour of the day.



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