So how do you shop at A Vintage Kilo Fair? With these fool proof shopping tips you’ll be coming home with vintage swag in no time.

Okay great! Hang on, what is a Vintage Kilo Fair again? Well, in a nutshell instead of paying for separate vintage items, you pay for your vintage in weight. Simply buy filling a bag and then have it weighed at the end and pay per Kilo of vintage. Great idea to bag some vintage bargains, but so so easy to get carried away and over spend for impulse buys.

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Vintage Kilo Fairs have become so popular over the last couple of years in the UK and in Ireland too and it’s easy to see why. – Whats not to love, vintage that you can select at a set price. The anticipation of having vast amounts of vintage to trawl through, a simple price structure and huge anticipation is a winning combination.

But did you know there’s some easy ways to make sure you get the most out of your money? Read on and let me spill the beans.

Hands up who’s ended up spending way more at a Vintage Kilo than planned? Gone a little crazy with the 90s denim and ended up feeling out of pocket? Yup? Me too!  Even as a vintage trader I certainly can’t resist the call of vintage. Sometimes for a little shopping spree for myself or perhaps to find cool bits for my vintage shop Super Queenie Retro. (Now re-branded as Gold Thrift Vintage), we all love it.

How to shop at Vintage Kilo Fairs

So whats the best plan?

Pack Light!

If you’re planning on some serious rummage time, pack light. Ditch the coat and and huge tote bag with everything in. You’ll want your hands free and shoulders not carrying heavy loads. Trust me, after rails of searching your arms get tired. – Try taking a small across body purse to make you footloose and fancy free.

The key is in the name pay per weight!… Choose lightweight items!

It ain’t called a weigh and pay for nothing. The heavier the items the more it costs you. Go pick LIGHTER items.

Literally feel how heavy it feels in your hands. Obviously fabric choices come into play.  – Look for silks, lightweight polyester, cotton.

Avoid corduroy, velvet, denim, wool and your money will go further.

Obviously If you’re after just a couple of items then sure pick what ever you want,  but if you’re after some die hard thrifting then it’s a no brainer.

Make use of the scales.

Do a half time weigh-in and see how much you’ve spent. Carry on searching or put some things back and head to the tills.

Don’t forget that at the check out you can ask to take some things out  / put back if you feel you got carried away and spent too much. Never feel pressured to buy just because there is a big queue.

4. Have a ££ limit of what you want to spend and try not to go over it.

Sometimes prior to the event you can pre-order your kilos. This is a great option, a) because it makes your kilos cheaper by usually a few pounds and b) if you want to be really well behaved you can leave your card behind so you can’t go over what you want to spend!

Grab what you want before it goes!

If you see something you love and have to have or like it but not sure, pick it up and put it in your bag, as chances are it won’t be there on a second look round and you can always take it out again before you pay.


Find a quiet spot to  look at what you have bagged so far

This is a crucial step! By double checking what you’re buying you minimise the disappointment when you get home.

Take it all out of the bag and look for stains, rips, missing buttons and zips not working. (I have to say though that most of the items at weigh and pay sales are of excellent quality, however I have been caught out before with un wearable dresses due to not being more careful.)

Lastly filter through the vintage your grabbed in your bag and edit down to all the pieces you really want to keep. Repeat until you’re happy and you’ll be the queen of the kilo in no time. Volia!

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