I kept hearing about this vintage pop up event and missing it. Finally made it this year. If I remember correctly, A Current Affair is an event that happens multiple times a year at different locations: New York, Bay Area, and Los Angeles. The mission is to make vintage accessible to someone who would buy modern designer clothing. They basically have a bunch of different vintage sellers set up in one warehouse.
I don’t fit that description but from the photos I thought it appeared that they had many one of a kind pieces that I might not see elsewhere. I’m also not really a “vintage” buyer. Though I buy quite a bit of 70s-90s, I don’t go to vintage boutiques too often because I think they charge more for the effort they put into curating an aesthetic and I’d rather just do that myself in a thrift store.
I think the marketplace lived up to its mission. The items were definitely appropriate for what is stylish right now (though there was a decent amount of diversity of style). Anyway, I thought the pop up was really cool. I arrived late and apparently people get there first thing and stay there all day (from 10am to 6pm). For good reason, because there were so many items and each was interesting enough to take a few seconds to think about. However, there were a few regular items you could easily find at a thrift store for much less. The price range was pretty wide, though much more expensive than a thrift store. Items were between about $30-$1200 with quite a bit in the $150-$300 range.
There were a lot of sequined and glittery pieces, lace, quite a bit of vintage designer, but it looked like there was a little something for everyone. Even graphic tees. There were some minimalist sellers as well. Here’s a map of all the sellers at the event in Richmond. Shout out to Richmond also for being the host city.
There were so many colorful items and a lot of bold silhouettes and I had a little crisis about what I even wanted. I decided to stick to my guns and just keep it simple. I lucked out and found this Saks Fifth Avenue Scottish cashmere top from @numberedmarket (Insta handle) for $65. I thought it might have been from the 40s because the neckline reminds me of the bathing suits in the 40s/50s. But it’s actually probably from the 80s. Lol I was just a smidge off.
I have to be honest, I pulled from “savings” which is actually my student loans to buy this and I couldn’t really afford it but bought it anyway.
I should have gotten a picture of the back of it but oh well. I’ll keep y’all guessing. This will have to do: it’s a halter top that ties around the back, leaving the upper back open.
Anyway, had a great time and definitely recommend for splurging on a special item. Maybe I don’t know what I’m talking about though because I don’t think we have too many of these pop ups around the bay (please tell me if I’m wrong!) so I don’t have a sense if there is competition. Anywho, it was really fun to see so many fashionable people who seem to really understand their look. It was like seeing the people in magazines irl and I realized photos don’t do justice.