Sarah Slack previews the upcoming ‘Junk Jamboree’.
In recent years, it can’t be denied that there has been a passionate revival for clothes and crafts of the past. This can be linked to economic trends, but most likely because of vintage fairs, which display a variety of distinctive and nostalgic items, which are sold at low prices. On 5th
May Colchester will host its very own ‘Junk Jamboree’, with clothing offers for both men and women, and a wide variety of craft stalls selling jewellery, furniture and homewares. If that isn’t enough to tempt, a selection of culinary delights will also be on offer, including cupcakes, cream teas and bacon sandwiches, ideal subsistence for a day of bargain hunting. When it’s only a pound to enter, and with the profits going to the Clarks Farm Greyhound Rescue, it’s hard to turn down such an event.
Speaking with Liz Cardy, the event’s organiser, it’s clear that her passion for vintage fashion started at an early age. “There was an amazing old lady nicknamed 'Shilling Pam' who went door to door with an old pram full of second-hand clothes. She would come to our house, and my mum would go through the big, colourful mountain of clothes on the living room floor.” Liz as a result takes pleasure in hunting clothes which make her stand out from the crowd, and recommends local shops such as Revolver on Sir Isaac’s Walk, as well as Divine InterVintage in Wivenhoe. Ultimately Liz believes when it comes to vintage clothing, confidence is key. “The trick is to wear what suits you and what you enjoy wearing. Don't save things 'for best'. A bright dress worn on a dull winter's day can definitely give you a boost.”
The Junk Jamboree will be on Saturday 5th
May between 11am and 4pm, at Cardinal Bourne Hall, 51 Priory Street, Colchester, CO1 2QB. For more information, email email@example.com