Vintage flea festivities aplenty
With the culmination of the vintage mecca in the Philippines last April, more events continue to spawn, subtly describing a Whac-A-Mole phenomenon. Global fashion trends expedite the demand for timeless apparel pieces, with curated stores offering a unique selection of products—each unmatched by the last.
What makes the vintage-transacting process remarkable is the opportunity to acquire one-of-a-kind pieces, many of which may be untraceable in the foreseeable future. Locally, the hunt for such apparel extends beyond the mere exchange of personal treasures, rooted in the ability of community generation and appeal, as each gathering simulates both a museum and a convention.
If rummaging at the ukay (thrift) may be too time-consuming and frustrating, May has several vintage-filled weekends that pose an effective alternative. With the help of SNK Media, we’ve consolidated a list encompassing notable vintage flea festivities.
Creatives’ Closet Cleaning Sale
Location: Siren Studios, 2227 Chino Roces Ave., Makati City
Date/s: May 13-14, 2023
The Closet Cleaning Sale returns offering a plethora of vintage goods—spanning across the usual tees, bags, and accessories, and ventures into furniture, props, books, and several others encapsulating the aesthetic. The annual two-day event is brimming with mesmerizing pre-owned luxuries that probably won’t see the light of day anytime soon. Best to grab the opportunity while they’re still in operation, not knowing when the Siren Studios inhabitants will make a return.
A Collection of Old T-shirts In Contemporary Art Setting
Location: Modeka Art Studios, Warehouse 20A La Fuerza 1 2241, Don Chino Roces Avenue, Makati City, 1231 Metro Manila
Date/s: May 19, 2023
What makes vintage tees so unique are the stories and artistry pressed on each piece, being able to withstand the decades. Its utility remains a primary factor, yet there is more to it than just a screen-printed cloth—analyzing the intricate design, storytelling process, and overall condition of these remnants of the past that makes it art in general. Garnering a newfound appreciation for such goods, @vintageyubec organizes a one-day installation centered on the beauty and history of garments, bringing a community of vintage lovers and curators to amass in its greatness.
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Location: First United Building, 413 Escolta St, Binondo, Manila City, 1008 Metro Manila
Date/s: May 28, 2023
Never leaving a sour taste in your mouth, Season Pass resumes its vintage tour, settling in the heart of Manila. ‘Second Chances’ marks the industry juggernaut’s second appearance in May, coming off their Kapitolyo street-driven stint a week prior. In collaboration with Pineapple Lab, the festivities reside in the nearing-centennial establishment, fostering the vintage atmosphere through the sights, sounds, and community-driven experiences.
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