After re-opening and celebrating its £480,000 revamp in April, the Harborough Market is capitalising on its high profile to launch a new weekly retro/vintage market day.
The Harborough District Council-owned site, in Northampton Road, has experienced a huge array of visitors and fantastic support so far, said the council today (Tuesday).
And the venue’s bosses have confirmed this morning that it will be introducing a new weekly Vintage Retro and Antiques market, starting on Wednesday, June 4.
This new market, to be located in the main market hall, hopes to provide a “fantastic shopping experience for all as well as further trading opportunities for a number of niche traders and businesses”.
The rise of vintage, from fashion to furniture, has been well documented on blogs and in the media in recent years. The humble charity shop has been succeeding where others failed on the UK high street.
‘Chazzers’ appear to have bucked the downward economic trend and the charity Oxfam saw sales through its vintage section online shoot up by 400 per cent by April last year.
Harborough itself has a number of shops dealing in the trade, such as Amy’s Vintage, off High Street, The Attic in Adam & Eve Street, Ideology and Altermodern, both in St Mary’s Road, and several charity shops such as Oxfam, the British Heart Foundation, and Cancer Research UK.
The council added: “This exciting new development shall be starting from Wednesday, June 4, and shall then be taking place every Wednesday afterwards to become a regular market.
“There shall be plenty of new and exciting items for shoppers to explore, offering something unique for all visitors. Memorabilia, military items, clothing, jewellery and much, much more.”
The themed market will be free admission and will “bring in even more diversity to the indoor location and everyone involved is very excited”.
If traders want to find out how they can get involved or want some more information, contact chief executive of the Market Place Nick Rhodes by calling 07981 632 820 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Story by Alex Blackwell.