Manchester Kilo Madness!
So I'm just back from a trip to Manchester. I go there fairly regularly now as my husband John has a company thats based there. My first trip about a year ago I wasn't so impressed but on further investigation I realise this is a city climbing its way up the ladder of prosperity. Its a vibrant city with many cultural and commercial prospects.
It is a city full of youthful promise and a varied and entertaining night life. Its vintage culture is very evident from the variety of shops and kilo sales that take place on a regular basis here with casual calm. I visited most of them and was also lucky enough to co-inside my trip with the Blue Rinse Vintage kilo sale.
For those of you not familiar with the concept a "Kilo Sale" is selling vintage clothing by the weight rather than per item.Usually around twenty euro per kilo in Ireland and fifteen pounds in the UK. These sales are very common in England and are beginning to creep into Ireland in the last few years. The Tola Kilo sale in the RDS ,which I attended about a fortnight ago is one example . The Dublin Vintage Factory and The Folkster Kilo Sale are other examples of sales that happen in Ireland at least twice a year.
However when they do happen in Ireland they're usually full of frenzy and crazy queueing which leads me to think that they simply don't happen often enough and there aren't enough vintage companies running them. Hmmmmmmm........maybe that is something I should explore!
I've taken lots of photos during my trip and also included some fashion pics of my purchases. I tried not to go too mad but I still managed to buy enough to fill an extra flight bag. I purchased two amazing vintage wool Jackets from the 50s together with a glittery 70s maxi dress, a suede beret and three silk shirts, The lot came to the grand total of £30!!!!!! Amazing value especially considering the woollen jackets are both Irish and German designer jackets.
The Northern Quarter is the main area in Manchester for vintage shopping. This is where the kilo sales take place and also where the majority of the vintage shops reside. Afflecks ,which is a lovely three story building housing an array of various vintage shops is an Aladdins cave of hidden treasures. Next up "Pop Boutique" colourful shop with lots of tea dresses. COW vintage shop is incredible cool and edgy. Full of vintage sports wear ,check shirts, vintage Levi's and gorgeous fur coats set in a modern warehouse type decor.
Hope you've enjoyed this post and perhaps try your look next time a "KILO SALE" hits our major cities.
Lots of love Violinkit XXXXXXXXXXXXXX