You know what, I’m going to get straight into this, if you know me then you know I love a good bargain. I grew up buying things from charity/thrift stores, jumble and carboot sales. A friend and I spotted the Vintage Weigh & Pay being advertised on Facebook and decided to go along – we both love a good second hand sale and this promised to be delivering at least 6 tonnes of vintage goods including berets, dresses, Dr Martens and converse. All of my favourite things. At £15 a kilo this was not a cheap venture and whilst some things were capped such as the Converse and Dr Martens this could get pretty costly pretty quick, but I really wanted some new boots and berets and the photos shown on the FB page looked great, so we figured, hey, why not!
We decided on getting the £3 early entry and turned up at 9:50am to find that there was no sign of the sale anywhere – the Hexagon was locked up and there was no information anywhere (Hey to the queue jumpers who pushed in front of us whilst we were waiting). The doors to the Hexagon opened at 10:00 am and we found there were quite a lot of people waiting downstairs already who had gone in via another entrance. Honestly, it would have been a really, REALLY good idea to have some sort of signage pointing at where the sale was taking place or which entrance we should have been taking.
Anywho, getting back to it, we queued up and whilst waiting we realised this might not actually be as big as it made out to be and hoped that perhaps there was more round the corner from what we could see in the queue. After paying our £3 entry fee, and mentioning to the girls on the desk that I was covering the event as a blogger (which caused confusion and was just given up on) we we’re given a clear bag for our purchases and MASSIVE hand stamp – holy crap this thing was big, I know it was so we could get back in again but it’s huge and didn’t want to come off that easily!
So in we went, and disappointed we were! This really was made out to be much, much bigger than it was. I counted 3-4 long rails of clothing (both mens and womens) and a few long tables in the middle with converse, accessories and bags. There was a station for small alterations and repairs too and the counters where you could pay and another where you could check the weight of your purchases before buying. Everything was pretty much wedged in so it was hard to look at things – it also didn’t help with people grabbing things on the other side of the rails. We had a quick look at the mens stuff on the way past to the ladies, first thing I noticed was how many of the shirts were very worn, bobbled and tired.
As I was mainly looking for converse, Dr Martens and berets I headed over to the accessories, guys, I don’t even know where to start with this. 90% of the converse were filthy, some so much I’d of probably binned them. I didn’t see a single pair of DM’s or a beret. I did how ever see a bunch of crochet hats and scarfs that someone had obviously made at some point. Feeling failure in my future we went over to the ladies dresses. Again there was a problem with a lot of things being worn out or grubby. I found a dress to buy which looked very nice and cost me £2 as it didn’t weigh a lot. My friend wanted to try on some of the clothing she’d picked up to see if it fitted before buying – it was only after we were done we spotted the tiny, TINY changing booths. Which were being used constantly. I mean come-on they were so small we didn’t even spot them to start with. We decided at that point to pay and come back again later as the stock was meant to be replenished every hour.
On our return a few hours later we noticed that most of the stock was the same, still no DM’s or berets. I know there were ‘fresh bales’ as the organisers put it, that went out but if you look at the photos it looks like a complete snatch and grab! I picked up a corduroy dress and checked the weight – it came up at the £8 mark, which I thought was expensive but I liked it enough to buy it. When I got to the till it had somehow GAINED weight and I ended up paying £13.50 for it! This really isn’t fair, if the scales for checking weight aren’t correct, or at least reset so they are, what’s the point in having them?
I rather feel that the photos Vintage Weigh & Pay used on their facebook page were an unrealistic representation of what was available on the day. Just to point out, I was not expecting the exact same things, but why have capped prices or examples of items if you don’t have them for sale. Even worse still, neither of the dresses I bought fitted. So not only did I waste nearly £20 on this adventure but I have nothing to show for it other than being put off from attending any more events like this. I had far more fun in H&M when we left to go to town during our break and am far happier with the purchases I made there! Maybe the sale just wasn’t right for me and others had more fun/luck but for us it just wasn’t great.
Did you attend this Vintage event? Did you get a good bargain? Let me know in the comments below!
Ta-ta for now,