Saturday, 26 October 2013
The Take 2 Markets
If you've not yet heard of the Take 2 Markets you are about to get a BIG fashion tip. If you have heard of it but haven't yet been, then it's time to give it a try.
If you are like me and prefer your shopping to be done on gleaming surfaces and with sales assistants there to help you at every turn; then I would normally say that this is not for you. But, the reality of the Take 2 Markets is, it's worth going out of your comfort zone for.
These markets are organised by the same people who do the now famous children's markets and again, they set high standards, strict guidelines and attract top quality sellers and buyers.
Most clothing markets are very hit-or-miss when it comes to quality control but when the Take 2 Market states 'Overseas and Australian Designer Labels' they really mean it.
A recent experience for me yielded a pair of Prada kitten heels for $20, a Gorman striped dress for $10, an Italian merino wool jumper from Grace for $10, a vintage handkerchief top for $10, a BNWT Diesel cardigan ($600 original price) for $20 and a vintage Japanese dress for $50. And all that was on just one occasion, and for a person who is fussy and sized to not normally find anything at a market.
How the market manages to get such high quality is unfathomable and yet high quality they certainly have. It was surprising to see the standard consistently upheld by each and every stall holder. Even those selling imitation items were quick to point out what was the real deal and what was knockoff which means you always know what you are getting.
Some stallholders are selling off 'old stuff', others 'selling to buy' and many stallholders are vintage store owners who are there to connect with a new pat of the market. At the resent Take 2 in Malvern I regret not buying a vintage scarf from a man with an extensive range of vintage items who has a store somewhere, i only hope someone else is loving that vintage Pucci by now.
Tips for the Take 2 Markets:
Go early. They don't begin at an obscene time and it is worth getting first pick.
Talk to stallholders, they will help you a lot.
Get contact fro anyone who offers it, this will help you avoid non-buyers remorse.
Wear as little as possible so that you can try on without a change room (and slip on (and off) shoes.