This weekend I went along to a Preloved Kilo event at The Open Market in Brighton. For those of you not familiar with the markets, this is where tones (and this is no exaggeration!) of 80’s and 90’s style clothes. Anything from Levis jeans, flannel shirts to sports wear, this is the place to be. However, rather than paying a price per item, you pay per Kilo. To help you along the way they have scales where you can check how much you have spent so far. It’s just £1 to get in on the door and then you pay £15 per kilo from there.
The market opened at 10am and we turned up at about 9:50, even though the stock is replenished throughout the day so it doesn’t really matter what time you get there, I thought other people might get there later…. I was so very wrong. The queue was already massive, I think in the end we were queuing for about 1 hour and 15 minutes to get in. Actually, I think the queue was like this all day. I stayed for a while and then went to Costa for an hour or so and I didn’t really see the queue go down!
The clothes are arranged by type, so if you know what you are looking for, I would head there first. I went straight for the jeans. I know I wanted to get my hands on some Levis and I didn’t know how long it would take to find ones that were not only in my size, but a lot a cut I liked. After looking at every single pair of jeans (no joke), I finally settled on a pair on Levis that were skinny cut and just the right colour. I looked through the other rails as well but didn’t really see anything else that I had to have.
- If think you might want it, grab it – You can always put it back again but it you leave something behind, you might kick yourself later.
- Wear tight clothes – or really any clothes which you can try other clothes over the top. There are a couple of changing pods that they set up if you dont‘t, but there are so many people and the pods are not very big, if you can try stuff on out in the open, you will save yourself a lot of time.
- Check as you go: there are scales around where you can check how much you have spent. You only pay for what you have, so you can get some really good items for very cheap. I got 2 pairs of jeans for £22! Bargain.
- Bring very little with you – don’t go shopping before hand and be carrying lots of stuff, I would also bring a small handbag. There are lots of people, there wasn’t a lot of room and you really want both hands free.
Lots of love