Vintage offerings in Newtown

Affordable luxury: Costume Cave owner Kate Iremonger with a sample of the items for sale at the bazaar.
Affordable luxury: Costume Cave owner Kate Iremonger with a sample of the items for sale at the bazaar.

Vintage apparel lovers would be wise to head to Newtown this weekend to snap up quality bargains and indulgent treasures.

The Massive Vintage Bazaar is being held for the first time on Friday and Saturday at St Anne's Hall, Newtown.

The bazaar will have a variety of items such as jewellery, formal wear, hats, shoes, fur, 1960s mini dresses and jackets.

Decorum of Art Deco Napier owner Linda Malone organised the event with several Wellington vintage dealers and costume hire outlets.

She said a change in premises meant she needed to clear her storerooms, so she decided to hold a bazaar in Wellington to cater to its many vintage lovers.

"Vintage has an enduring appeal because for a modest outlay you can create the looks that now fall into the `designer' price range," she said.

There will be items to suit different ages and budgets, including cheaply-priced dinner suits and dresses for the teenage ball market.

Costume Cave owner and bazaar stallholder Kate Iremonger said there had been a resurgence of interest in vintage items in recent years.

"People enjoy the way vintage clothes fit, the way they flatter the body," she said.

Ms Iremonger said bazaar customers should look for items with a good cut or fabric that could be remodelled, but should be careful of moth-eaten items.

"People should come along just to have a look and you never know what you might find."

Mrs Malone and Ms Iremonger said if the bazaar proved successful they would like to see it run annually.

The bazaar will run from 1pm till 8pm on Friday and 10am till 4pm on Saturday.

There will be eftpos and credit card facilities available.

The Wellingtonian