Sunday, August 11, 2013

Sale aftermath



This weekend's Vintage and Retro Sale was a huge success. And I mean huge. We were on TV 3's 6 o'clock news!  Kelly from the New Zealand Fashion Museum was there and they have a piece up on their homepage. Since I was the experienced event organiser and had done a bunch of publicity for it, I was on crowd control. By 10.30am we had hundreds of people lined up all down the drive and out onto the road. Amazing. 
We had twenty people in the two room sale for ten minutes at a time for the first three and a half hours. It was quite something.


It was such a great, diverse crowd. Everyone was so patient and friendly. I love how community minded the whole event was, with respect paid to Hazel May Stephens, whose lifetime collection this was. Her son, Cliff was there and was very touched by all the kindness. Yay for people I say. 


We went from clothes racks full to the great pile of clothes hangers you see in that top photo. I would say 85% of it sold on the Saturday, with today being a sort of clearance for a few hours this morning. All proceeds of the sale go to the family. 
The whole thing was quite extraordinary to be involved in, with some super lovely women helping make it happen. A few people assumed those of us involved must have brought home armloads of treasures, but no...actually, we didn't. I think the job was so overwhelming that we were focussed on getting the work done. There wasn't really time to ever go through as 'shoppers', and we were also aware that the money was going to the family. So yes, I brought home four pieces of vintage fabric from the Sale, two dresses and a top. Oh, and Claire had me try on a fabulous pair of brand new vintage green leather sandals that were left ownerless at the end. I bought those. They needed a good home you know. They fit like a dream too. I will remember Hazel every time I wear them. How's that for restraint huh?! Can you tell I am proud of myself?! I could have exploited my insider position you know!
Thank you to everyone who came along and made it fabulous. xx

4 comments:

  1. Congratulations, wish I was there. Jxx

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    1. Thanks J. It was truly quite the day. I was exhausted after it! Fun though, in a event management geek/vintage enthusiast/fabric porn sort of a way! (For those of us that way inclined)

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  2. This was an absolutely amazing sale, worth the wait in the queue! I came away with 4 dresses, 3 patterns, a handful of lace trims and about 10 pieces of fabric (most of it polka dot - my fave). For the sheer volume of interest on the Saturday you guys did an amazing job keeping it under control. Thanks :)

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    1. Hi Vanessa, thank you so much for your feedback. It was all so busy - I am so glad to be hearing that folks had a good time in the huge queue. Your finds sound super lovely too. x

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