Vintage shoppers unite! VTGCLT is holding its sixth annual Winter Market this Saturday, November 18 at The Fillmore.
For serious fashion fans, a curated antique market like this is the holy grail of vintage shopping – and there will be over 60 vendors attending.
Ask any vintage shopper and they will tell you that there’s nothing more exhilarating than scoring an incredible piece at a bargain rate.
Never been? Here are 6 pro tips, courtesy of Vintage Charlotte‘s Amy Herman:
- Come early for first dibs. There will be an early bird shopping hour from 10 am – 11 am. This gets you into the market an hour early for $7. After 11 am, general admission is $2.
- Do some digging. In order to find the perfect piece, “be willing to put in a little time in each booth.”
- Go big. “With vintage, there isn’t the luxury of asking for it in your size, but pieces that are slightly too large can always be easily tailored to fit.”
- If you like it, buy it! The best part about vintage is the uniqueness – it’s a rare find, and “you’ll likely never see it again.”
- Bring cash. Although most vendors will have a card reader, “cash is king, especially if you want to negotiate.” Who can say no to cold hard cash, am I right? Plus, it forces you to be mindful of your budget.
- Remember your manners. There’s a certain etiquette to follow when haggling: “Be respectful of the vendor and the current price, and don’t offer them half of the marked price.” If you’re looking for discounts, come when the market is winding down. Vendors may be more willing to give you a deal near the end of the day.
For newbies hoping to experience the rush of finding that perfect deal, I’ve created a cheat sheet for your weekend explorations with 10 vendors you should watch out for.
Bajari Handcrafted Jewelry Designs
Handmade by Nadya Alemán, Bajari’s motto is “less is more.” Using materials such as resin, silver, gold and natural stones, each piece has a minimalistic and simple design that is perfect for everyday wear.
Beautiful Idiot Clothing
Beautiful Idiot Clothing handcrafts women’s and men’s clothing with the most important accessory in mind – you!
At this one-stop-shop, you can buy something from their line, repurpose your own clothes into a new creation or have them customize your own piece.
Charlotte-based designer Jennifer Cashel of Created Beautifully hand makes jewelry, handbags and accessories. From cowhide clutches to copper cuffs, you’ll find that a little unexpected texture can go a long way in updating your look.
Cut from the Same Cloth
Made in North Carolina by brother-sister duo Michael and Lauren Remesi, Cut From the Same Cloth features ready-to-wear women’s clothing and accessories.
Woven bags are having a huge moment right now – but sometimes they’re not big or strong enough to hold all your things.
At Five Loves, the small business has created unique and beautifully made bags that are stylish and sturdy. You’ll both look good and feel good, as profits from buying The Hope Bag go towards organizations that are working to stop sex trafficking in third world countries.
Hennel Paper Co.
Local to Charlotte, Hennel Paper Co. produces hand illustrated paper goods and gift products on recycled materials.
My favorite thing? Designer Jayme Hennel’s cheeky pins! I already have a slight obsession with pins. They are so fun to dress up denim jackets or canvas bags with. This one is currently on my radar.
Needles and Pins
If Taylor Swift can pull off snakes, then so can you. Needles and Pins designs one-of-a-kind jewelry inspired by music, art history and natural sciences.
Brought to you by five fashion-forward gals, Greensboro-based Revision Vintage will be popping up this week with its handpicked clothing for girls and guys that is trendy, easy to wear and affordable.
Three Pigs Vintage
These hand-painted leather jackets?!? Yes, please. Make sure to stop by Three Pigs Vintage to check out all of their cool re-worked vintage pieces. And better yet? You can customize your own piece!
Rachel of Vintage Shenanigans is no stranger to thrifting. Curating a closet that offers quality, style and uniqueness, Vintage Shenanigans prides itself on bringing new life to each piece it finds.
The 2017 Vintage Charlotte Winter Market happens this Saturday, November 18 at The Fillmore (820 Hamilton Street). Early bird entry ($7) opens at 10 a.m. while general admission ($2) begins at 11 a.m. Shopping lasts until 5 p.m. Connect with Vintage Charlotte on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Feature photo via Facebook.