Stall stories

27 May
Cheap and chic Moschino jacket with H&M letter dress.

Cheap and chic Moschino jacket with H&M letter dress.

Vintage is just so, well, vintage (darling).  I’m done with sipping tea out of a teacup, twee cup-cakes in pastel cases, ‘keep calm and… (piss off?)’ slogans which are everywhere and, I’m sorry to say, I’m so over Paloma Faith.

Therefore, for the moment and at least in its current guise my Betula Stone clothing market stall has had its day too.

I’m sure you’ll agree that the vintage and pre-loved clothing market is saturated and is just about coming to the end of it’s most recent reincarnation as a hot look.  Of course the specialist vintage and retro retailers will always have a place and will truly stand the test of time, but as everyday wear for work, supermarket, school run, pub, the full on vintage look can appear a bit fancy dress these days.

Plus Betula has competition, good competition too (for example Custard House Clothing and Cox and Baloney), you can pick up a nearly-new frock in a boutique-style charity shop, not to mention that high street and online retailers have regular sales for those looking for a bargain.  For those reasons and that I haven’t the time (blah blah), more truthfully treasure free weekends and opportunities for lie-ins and have new adventures ahead, it’s sadly time to say goodbye to the Betula Stone market stall.

This is a shame of course, because running a market stall was good fun.  I loved being creative with putting outfits together to draw attention to my stall, buying new stock with the clear mantra of ‘only buy/sell what you would wear‘, I loved my friends popping in and out to say hello and join me for a cup of tea and I loved the friendliness of the other traders who’d often pop by to trade-up on the odd item or just to have a natter.  Mostly though, I loved doing my own thing, managing my own time, budget and attracting my own customers.

I’m sure I will run a stall again sometime, probably selling more hand-made items, possibly joining up with another trader, certainly giving the venture more of my time and selling items that are a little more weather resistant – wind and rain being enemies of outdoor trading.

So, onto the next plan.  More on that another time.

A HUGE thank you to all those who support Betula Stone, bought Betula items, donated or traded clothing to sell and generally helped me out.  I will continue to post blogs under this Betula Stone site and watch this space for the odd jewellery and brooch sale.


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