Whether you're a vintage seller, or you keep your finds to yourself, you’re going to want to check out the Etsy Vintage Swap tomorrow evening (Thursday, April 9 from 6-10pm) at The Khyber (5521 Cornwallis Street).
With local vintage expert Amy Honey—owner of Fancy Lucky Vintage (4144 Lawrencetown Road) and Etsy superstar—running the show, this licensed event invites you to trade pieces you’re ready to part with, meet fellow vintage hunters and make a donation to Feed Nova Scotia. Consider it spring cleaning with benefits.
What can people expect if they attend?
The event is a swap, so there’s no money involved at all. You can bring up to five items of your own and they have to be vintage and in good condition. You check in at the door, there’s a $2 entry fee for Feed Nova Scotia, and I’ll be looking at all of the items, making sure they meet criteria to sell on Etsy—which is 20 years or older and ready-to-wear condition. You’ll get tokens in exchange for items, hang your stuff on the appropriate racks, there’ll be a bar and then you go shopping!
How did you end up at the helm of this event?
They contacted me and basically asked me to be the east coast vintage representative for Etsy, which is an honour! I’ve been on Etsy for awhile, toiling away. It’s about encouraging and rallying local vintage sellers to use Etsy as a platform. I created the Atlantic Canadian Vintage Team to bring people together, and to help each other. I’d love to do more events that have to do with vintage.
Why do you think it’s important for vintage folks to work together?
I’ve really found that the online Etsy community has been helpful for me over the years. I didn’t know anything at all at first, and in a short time I feel I’ve become an expert in vintage. I feel like if there’s a community of vintage sellers we can help each other learn more about the items we sell.
Would you say the local vintage scene is on the up-swing?
I do still get a feeling that Halifax does have a really good vintage scene in terms of stores, but i wouldn't say it is as strong as it could be. Part of the reason I think Etsy is putting on this event, and why I’m telling everyone about this, is that we would like to see it grow . And it would help everybody, the sellers for sure.