Flea markets …Thrifting..Yay or Nay?

Hi guys,so its another post date with you all, keeping this up for real this year *smiles*..I’ve worked out a day of the week to keep this going and Tuesday,it is!

I’d like to share with you something that’s been on my mind for a while now; the uncommon and unpopular culture of Thrift Stores and Flea markets in Nigeria..

I am an advocate for affordable and timeless Fashion, knowing that you needn’t break a bank to look fab and stylish!

The origin of Flea markets is from the French marché aux puces,a name originally given to a market in Paris which specialized in shabby second-hand goods, the kind that “might” contain fleas-1922..I know that sorts of put you off already! Lol…but wait,overtime this has changed as Flea markets around the world are now known as a bazaar of vintage clothes, antique glasswares, furniture, cutlery etc.. A number of fashion lovers around the world have found pieces and items that can’t be ignored,statement pieces I’d say ranging from Hermés scarves, flapper dresses,boxes of perfume bottles,French linens,1950’s sewing accessories…(now that sounds like bliss!!!)

Flea markets and thrift stores alike are swap markets where selling or barter of merchandise take place..For lovers of Retro and Vintage Clothing items like moi,we need more of these in Nigeria..spoke to a few of my friends who said they’d gladly swap a used item of theirs for a used item of another as long as it inspires them because indeed “a man’s junk is another’s joy!”

Please share your thoughts on this as I’d really love to explore the possibilities in this environmentally friendly mode of fashion that deals with recycling and upscaling of used Clothing which otherwise would have been dumped in a sand-fill,non-biodegradable..

I look forward to your comments!

Love,
Morenikeji Akinsola
VathiswabyHester.

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It’s a new year!

Back in Lagos…. So I’m sitting downstairs on the concrete slab that covers the septic tank at our backyard, wearing an electric blue knit dress, a colorful floral kimono overcoat and rocking my three month plus Afro drawn into a bun…I totally feel in touch with Mother earth!

It had been a while I felt that close or intimate with my indigenous part apart from similar feelings I got whilst I was home in Abeokuta for the festive season,I fell right back in step with my roots,core values that had been sidestepped were brought back to the surface…I was in touch with me!thinking of the very essence of my existence and living,forced upon me by the calmness that came from the simplicity of my hometown rather than the fast paced “Lagos living”

As I searched within me for goals and dreams to be reached and achieved in the year 2015,I am reminded of the simplicity of purpose,the essence to it all;it isn’t to go big OR go home,it is to live,give,love,share,laugh not alone,BUT with others. It is in this, that fulfilment comes!

I am once again reminded of the reason I started this blog,to share with others my love for life, fashion,style, my experiences and if you may,my successes! Please continue with me on this journey as I do with you …here’s wishing you a fulfilling 2015!!!!Cheers to us.

Love
Morenikeji Akinsola,
Vathiswa by Hester.

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