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Sustainability: Antiques and vintage street market arrives in Kingston

By Georgia McJannett-Smith Oct 3, 2022
View toward the bottom end of the market. Photo by Georgia McJannett-Smith

Kingston hosted an antiques and vintage street market on Sunday boasting over 25+ small businesses selling one-of-a kind merchandise. 

People gathered around the stalls in hopes of giving new life to everyday items such as vintage blazers, vinyl records, decorative glass bottles and coffee tables. Hidden gems could be found among more obscure items such as wooden model boats, ceramic fish sculptures and art easels.

Antiques stand in the market. Photo by Georgia McJannett-Smith

Klaudia Jarmul, third year KU law student, said: “The market catered toward people with different levels of disposable income. 

Costume jewellery and opal, sterling silver rings along with vintage gold in a dedicated glass top jewellery box all co-existed. It was a judgement-free zone.”

Some stalls may return for the annual Christmas market, with others returning to Kingston in the new year, making this a rather exclusive event.

“The antiques made for unique additions to student houses and the fact that thrifting is so sustainable and environmentally friendly is an added bonus,” said Jarmul.

Viewing Facebook Marketplace on an iPhone. Photo by Canadian Press/Shutterstock

Living a sustainable lifestyle is easier than ever with the help of apps such as Facebook Marketplace for furniture, Depop for clothes, and OLIO and Too Good To Go for combating food waste. 

Kingston School of Art is also holding a coat drive at Knights Park campus on Tuesday October 4 2022 between 12-2pm. 

Students will be given the opportunity to rehome a pre-loved garment free of charge at a first come, first served basis just in time for winter. 

According to Professor Steven Spier, Vice Chancellor, in the introductory message to Sustainability at Kingston University 2021-26: “Kingston University has a history of sustainability leadership. We were home to one of the earliest dedicated academic centres of excellence for sustainability in teaching and learning’ and have ‘a dedicated sustainability team at the heart of the university management.”

By Georgia McJannett-Smith

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