Vintage-loving students excited to see new street market coming to Kingston

To KU students’ pleasure, an antique and vintage market is coming to Kingston for the first time, offering a variety of second-hand treasures.

On November 28, Old London Road will turn into a vibrant street market with vintage textiles, accessories, illustrations, and retro clothing.

“In fact, a huge array of items many too numerous to mention from small furniture to gardenalia and kitchenalia,” said the organiser of the market, Jackie Edwards. 

Interior design student Maddie Erb, said she is excited about the upcoming event: “I have made an effort to shop more sustainably, so I’m happy to see more options for second-hand shopping in my local area,” she said.

“I actually used to go to that vintage shop on Old London Road but was sad to see it shut a while ago,” Erb continued.

Similarly, Abigail Martucci, a biological sciences student, said that she likes going to antique shops in Kingston, so she is looking forward to seeing a bigger market in the area. 

Those interested in the eco-friendly side of vintage shopping will be happy to learn the market also promises a selection of redesign.

“Some of the items for sale beside antiques, collectable & retro items will be made of found and upcycled materials, these could include new decorative pieces for either to wear as an accessory or for the home,” Edwards said.

Rachel Essex, creative writing and fashion student said: “I feel like everybody else who’s ever gone to a vintage market really enjoyed it, so I’d like to go there because it sounds interesting.”

Kayona Daley, an English and creative writing student hopes to find some good vintage bargains at the market. “It is always nice to have a fun piece that no one is going to have,” she said. 

The market is the first of a number of markets set up in collaboration with Old London Road Trade Association, with more dates to come in 2022.

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