Laura Anderson, of Grafton, gets adventurous at Yamba's first Vintage Retro and Recycled Clothing Fair yesterday.
Laura Anderson, of Grafton, gets adventurous at Yamba's first Vintage Retro and Recycled Clothing Fair yesterday.

Yamba goes vintage

THE word on the street in Yamba yesterday was ‘vintage’ as hundreds of holiday-makers and residents from throughout the Valley sought shelter from the rain and a trip down memory lane at the town’s inaugural Vintage Retro and Recycled Clothing Fair.

Organisers said people were waiting outside when the Memorial RSL Hall doors opened at 8am and crowds did not begin to thin until midday.

Laura Anderson, of Grafton, made a special trip to Yamba for the fair with a friend after they saw a flyer in Grafton. She has a soft spot for items from the 1940s to 60s.

Laura, who purchased an early 20th century corset amongst other things, said she enjoyed the one-of-a-kind nature of retro clothing.

Co-organiser of the fair, Jeanette Luke, said she had been collecting vintage clothing for 40 years and had found interest now was greater than ever.

So what’s the attraction?

“They’re better-made garments and gorgeous fabrics,” she said. “They’re just well constructed ... if they’ve lasted 40 years, chances are they’re going to last another 20.

“People love to come along for the memories because clothes are like photographs.”

Fellow organiser Christine Scott agreed, saying many mothers and daughters visited her fairs, which she ran up and down the coast once a month.

“It’s quite delightful the little moments they have together,” she said.

Christine, a regular stallholder at the Yamba Markets, said the first official one-day-only fair had been a resounding success and it would be back next year – extended to two days.



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