On Sunday 1st September, I participated in my first vintage market as a trader.
As a collector of vintage wares, over the last years I have accumulated many, many dresses and objects which I either never wore, never fit or I actually just purchased to sell on eventually. So putting together a nice collection of items to sell was easy. I was also very brave and did a personal wardrobe clear out: 15 hardly worn dresses sacrificed to give much needed space in my closet.
It was a long day. Set-up at 10, market open at 12 and pack up at 7pm. Luckily, the whole day was spent with my friend Leila, who is also a vintage junkie. Between us, with our own once owned items, we managed to fill an 8 square meter space.
Overall it was a good day. I got to practice my French a little bit and it was fun to have some banter and be on the other side of the bartering for a change. I didn’t sell a lot (I still had to drag 4 heavy, huge bags back up the stairs to my apartment), but I did sell some of my more expensive items which was nice.
The day was somewhat hampered by the discovery of 4 empty hangers (utter disbelief that people would steal from independents selling at a vintage market!) as well as learning that at some point, a party of moths had partaken in an eat-all-you-want buffet on my silk Marc by Marc Jacobs dress that I was hoping to get 60 Euros for. Pesky moths!!! The first thing I did when I got home was check my other silk items, but luckily they were all still intact.
To balance out these bad feelings, Leila had an amazing idea to go together through our rails and take out items to donate to charity. This was a great exercise. 2 big bags each to Les Petits Riens.
We will be joining the market again in December, hopefully making the most of the Festive spenders and keeping a watchful eye on sticky fingers.