’Tis the season for a wardrobe reshuffle.
Those New Year’s resolutions won’t resolve themselves and Marie Kondo’s new Netflix series has us all in a flurry of folding and throwing out. This weekend, the real January sales are green: from feel-good flea markets in Hackney to swap shops in Tower Hamlets, sustainable shopping is looking fly.
Start your rummage run in Brixton Village, where you can source an entire outfit for the price of your poached eggs. Pop Brixton’s kilo sale, running all weekend, is packed with vintage staples from denim to dresses direct from the wholesaler, and you can buy your weight in it, literally. Entry is free and it’s just £15 for 1kg of clothes — the only limit is how much you can carry.
North of the river, Hackney Flea Market will be brimming with 30 vintage traders for kitting your flat out in Seventies style — think rare records, old maps, salvaged antique furniture and rails of retro clothes. It’s free entry and runs all weekend at Abney Hall, less than a 10-minute walk from Stoke Newington station. Stop by for a rummage, then head west to Hammersmith Town Hall on Sunday for the return of its vintage fashion fair, a one-stop shop for vintage treasures from 1800 all the way up to the Eighties. Expect everything from old magazines to rare-find jewellery and cut-price handbags.
Meanwhile, Poplar Union’s free Stuff! gathering is the ultimate antidote to December’s excess and extravagance. This Sunday, London’s very own Marie Kondo — Maud Barrett from the Sunny Jar Eco Hub — will be giving a masterclass on decluttering and conscious consuming alongside live band singalongs, poetry and coffee.
It’s also the perfect chance to get rid of those unwanted Christmas presents: Sunday Assembly East End will be trialling a new swap shop for exchanging gifts. Bring that jumper that’s too big and the book you’ve already read and change it for that new house plant you’ve been after.
Any remaining items will go to a charity shop. Not to mention the fact that it beats traipsing along Oxford Street.