Trend alert: Vintage and Handmade children’s clothes

Hot on the highstreet… Or are you like me, growing tired of fast fashion? In the current economic climate we are experiencing a growing trend for honest food, eco friendly clothes and everything handmade and vintage.

There’s various of charity shops around, but growing in popularity is the Vintage and Handmade shops and fairs, with an eclectic selection of stalls where you can indulge in unique, vintage and retro treasures.
Vintage fairs in and around London includes: New and up and coming Dusty Fingers Night Market in Hackney (next fair 2.april 2013), the hugely popular MK Handmade and Vintage Extravaganza including more than 120 stalls in Milton Keynes (next fair 1-2 June 2013). If you know a market or fair you would like us to know about, please leave a comment on this post!

There is also various of online marketplaces, the largest being Ebay. After a quick search for deals we found a few items we wanted to share, just to show what’s out there. Items and prices as found when this article was posted.
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From left; Mini A Ture dress £15, Molo Kids denim top £0.99 and Louie Louis baby bodysuit £1.04

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From left; Polarn O Pyret Robot tee £6, Polarn O Pyret windproof jacket £1.20 and Polarn O Pyret fleece £0.99.

Online marketplaces for handmade, such as Etsy and Epla have a fantastic selection of unique children’s clothing.
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From left; Easter rabbit dress £33 from Etsy and Boys monkey tee and matching trousers £46 from Epla

You may also find that the best (and most reasonable) treasures are to be found in your own home! As upcycling is trending, old garments can be given new life with small adjustments. Or you may want to go on a course learning how turn the retro fabrics in to cool modern styles. Kim from upcycle children’s clothing brand Mini Magpie runs courses on how to achieve to turn old and outdated clothes into useful and attractive. I’m hopeless with needle and thread, but am considering giving Kim a chance. It would have been wonderful to reduce waste, save money and just the plain joy of bringing previous favourite back into daylight.

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