91 VINTAGE IS BRINGING SNEAKERS & SPORTSWEAR TO MELBOURNE THIS SUNDAY
Words by Christopher Kevin Au
Everyone loves a good vintage pick up. Often it’s unexpected, a little cheaper, and it’s better for the environment, too! Bonnie is the brains behind 91 Vintage, and she has a passion for pre-loved clothing and kicks, particularly from the sportswear side of things. This Sunday, she’s united fellow sellers from the worlds of Instagram and Depop, and brought them to a IRL vintage event in the heart of Melbourne.
At the 91 Vintage sportswear market, you’ll find over 25 stalls filled with goods from yesteryear. Ahead of Sunday’s soiree, we had a quick chat to Bonnie about her love affair with all things vintage, and what to expect this weekend. Head along, because who knows what you’re going to find:
Run us through your journey with vintage, where did you catch the bug and how did it bring you to now?
My grandfather owned a clothing rag business, with a op shop on the side for the clothes that were too good to cut up. When I was in my mid teens I used to sift through massive bails of clothing, picking out only the most eshay Ralph polos I could find. The more stripes and horses, the better! I probably sifted past some really crazy vintage pieces back then, but all I cared about was skitzy Ralph Lauren polos and rugbies.
I started 91 after realising I was passing up on some really good pieces that others would probably be keen on but didn’t fit myself. A year or so later, I started the markets after realising how many local vintage sportswear shops were on Instagram, who didn’t quite fit into a small business category but were more put together then just an online reseller. The market is a curation of those people, all in one space.
Tell us about your craziest thrift/ savers come up?
Back in 2013, I was 7 or so months pregnant, and came across a newborn-sized white Polo Bear knit, deadstock with the tags. Not necessarily the most valuable find, but the timing of it was perfect and I haven’t seen one since in that size! Beyond that, I love picking up the Wu-Tang fleeces from the early 2000s, not the licensee stuff but the actual Wu Wear brand that Power did, those fleeces are timeless and go for crazy amounts on eBay now. I doubt I’d ever let go of them, though.
What can we expect to see at the market next Sunday?
So I’ve got 25 vintage sportswear businesses in the one spot, theres about seven sneaker tables in that, too. We’ve got all brands covered from our English casual wear like Stone Island and Sergio, to our much beloved esh brands like Ralph and Tommy. There’s some crazy vintage grails in there along with buckets and rails of clothing starting from $10, so theres really something for all budgets. Expect it to be busy and a bit of a crowd, but thats what makes it fun! The event is free so I really encourage everyone to come even if their budget is $10. It’s not about stunting on everyone - the event is about community, linking with your mates and having a good time.