The VTG Pop-Up at Nottingham Trent’s Student Union

“All killer, no filler” (Kirsty Hole, event organiser) as City campus, students’ union was flooded with rails of on-trend and ‘must-have’ clothes, bags, and shoes. 80’s/90’s branded vintage clothing, streetwear, independent brands, rare ASOS garments, depop items, a live DJ and more, was offered by the array of vintage and second-hand vendors that came together on the 12th of October to celebrate fashion and embrace a more sustainable way of garment consumption.

When speaking to the event organiser, Kirsty Hole, she informed me that she identified a definite gap in the market for vintage sales that contained majority desirable garments. By bringing this opportunity to students, right in the centre of campus, all the vendors where able to increase awareness and footfall for their stores – showing what they have to offer and giving a glimpse of the type of clothing and accessories they stock annually. The sellers identified students as their main consumer base and so, where delighted to have the opportunity of the NTSU sale, whether it was a passion for fashion or sustainability that drove them to selling vintage clothing.


For the students, the plethora of stalls on offer meant variety in price points and stock offered – meaning there was something available for everyone and even if a stall was out of a budget, it allowed for inspiration to be taken and therefore provoke a purchase at another, cheaper stall. Encouraging young people to give new life to pre-loved clothes, by making it fun with recognisable brands and a live DJ – the fashion sustainability movement that most the vendors stand for, is aided and celebrated. The opportunity to by high quality clothing for a much cheaper price is perfect for the student demographic and everyone spoken to thoroughly enjoyed the experience – with most not leaving empty handed!

This event is set to happen termly for City campus students’ union, with the same and different vendors coming and selling their specially selected stock, that they deem to be the best of vintage clothing. Nottingham Trent is the events most successful venue, and we are delighted to support such an engaging and exciting event, that is taking big steps towards encouraging the purchase of vintage, second-hand and pre-loved clothing.

By Freya Fowler

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