Leeds-List - Leeds' ultimate magazine and guide

Vintage Buy the Kilo

· Ali Turner · Style

A new fashion trend has arrived in Leeds and it’s making vintage shopping ‘cheap chic’.

The last thing you want to do on a sunny saturday morning is disappear into the depths of a basement club, but when one of the city’s top vintage stores holds a ‘buy the kilo’ event – it’s hard to resist.

Last month, Blue Rinse launched its very own ‘pay by weight’ event, offering vintage clothing at warehouse prices. Held at Wire in the centre of Leeds, it’s the perfect excuse to hit the town for a spot of treasure hunting. And the best thing is, it won’t break the bank.

When you walk down the steps, into the store, the first thing you’ll notice is that it’s dark. It is, after all, held in a nightclub. A torch would be handy, but believe me – you’ll want both hands free to carry your treasures.

Once your eyes have adjusted, the rails will come into view, each one covered with hanger after hanger of gorgeous goodies. The floor is littered with bags, packed to bursting with scarves, gloves, shoes and accessories. The phrase ‘kid in a sweet shop’ comes to mind.

As the morning goes on, it becomes more and more chaotic, the queue snakes around the dance floor, leaving very little space for maneuvering. I’d recommend going early to protect your sanity (and secure the best pieces). Because there will be pushing, shoving and a whole lot of mess as people try to bag their bargains – this is not for the faint hearted, or the claustrophobic!

But it’s totally worth it. When you put your fashion finds on the scales, you’ll be pleasantly surprised. It costs just £15 for a kilogram of shopping – that’s the minimum spend, but if you have 1.5kg, they’ll round it up. I came away with about fifteen tops, all for the bargain price of £25.

Of course, not everything fitted. You certainly can’t try before you buy. But if you like vintage clothes, you won’t want to miss this.

Round 2 takes place at Wire this Saturday 6th October at 11am – see you there, bright and early!