Vintage is everywhere right now, even Kate Moss is visiting her local Oxfam for a classic 1980s leather jacket, and Cardiff is embracing this fashion phenomenon with open arms.
Walking along Albany Road in Cardiff there isn’t much variation between charity shops and takeaways. Look beyond the tired shop fronts and take a stroll down to the end of Angus Road where you can tap into one of Cardiff’s best-kept secrets. The hidden treasure trove of the Milkwood Gallery, opened last October, is somewhere everyone should visit.
The art studio can be found in the heart of Roath and stepping through the doors into a room flooded with light you enter an ever-changing space celebrating art, music, fashion, and antique collections.
Milkwood Gallery caters for your entire artisan needs and while it holds an ongoing art exhibition, there are also regular events like the flea market and art swapping nights.
Last Saturday this Aladdin’s cave was filled with antique dresses, broaches, badges and every possible treasure imaginable. There were men and women’s vintage clothes and accessories, collectors fashion magazines, hand crafted jewellery and a random selection of other beautifully designed items, some vintage and some new – all at pretty reasonable prices.
If it’s a 1950s halterneck polkadot dress, a 1920s flapper outfit or an outfit to impersonate your favourite punk rock band from the 1970s, Milkwood had everything on offer to fulfil your vintage needs.
Highlights of the stallholders were Love Vintage, which featured homemade badges, scarves and broaches made with recycled vintage fabrics and materials. Natalie Dias’ collection of beautifully handcrafted ceramic pieces were also a delight.
After all the shopping exhaustion, handmade cakes and tea were availble, served of course on beautifully vintage bone china. The market saw a steady stream of shoppers throughout the day and most of the stallholders regularly attend vintage markets in and around Cardiff.
The flea market is a chance to find a unique, reasonably priced item and at the same time promote sustainable living. Gail Howard, one of Milkwood’s co-owners, is keen to set up a regular flea market at Milkwood on the last Saturday of every month – a definite date to keep in your style diaries.
Dressing in your Granny’s old prom dress with a pair of killer heels thrown in is the look you want now, so before heading to the generic high street chains, do some research and visit one of these markets held all over the city throughout the year.