AN INTERNET venture by a Sheffield student buying and selling clothes online has grown into a national success.
Lou Lou Glover’s business was set up in 2004, while she was a student at Sheffield Hallam University, where she studied film and media between 2002 and 2005.
It expanded when she opened shop, Bang Bang Vintage on Westfield Terrace, off West Street, then organised Sheffield’s first vintage fair in 2008.
Now, the Vintage Fair runs across the country and is back in Sheffield next month.
Lou Lou, aged 29, from Ecclesall, said: “I never had a grand master plan to set up the Vintage Fair, it almost happened by accident. We did a one-off event to try to promote the shop and it was an amazing success, we couldn’t really say no then - not when there was demand.”
Now, the Vintage Fair runs in more than 30 towns and cities across the country from Shoreditch to Sheffield, Norwich to Newcastle.
Lou Lou said: “I think it works because people who love vintage are always looking for something unique to add to their wardrobe.
“What we do is take the best traders in the whole of the UK and put them in one place so you know if the Vintage Fair is in town you have a one-stop shop to get the best vintage goods and accessories that are on the market at that time.”
Visitors to the fair can browse about 50 stalls selling clothing, accessories and homeware from as little as £1.
The theme is continued with a tea party where visitors can have tea and cakes on vintage china while listening to old tunes, and a vintage salon where beauties can be pampered.
The Vintage Fair’s latest hometown date is on Saturday, September 29, from noon until 5pm, when Sheffield Town Hall will host items from the 1940s to the 1980s.
Lou Lou said: “We’re home bodies at heart and love being back in Sheffield.
“This is where the Vintage Fair first started so we always pull out the stops to make sure we have one big party.”
For details, visit www.thevintagefair.com