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So it’s October: the temptation to turn on the air conditioning has passed, blankets have crept back into bed and I’m no longer lying on floors frantically fanning myself. It’s sad but summer really has been and gone. But I will not be in mourning for too long because the autumn season is here and so are Barcelona’s fabulous vintage buying spots to help us through the icy months ahead, or perhaps I should say the slightly nippy months ahead—it is Barcelona, after all.
The monthly pop-up market Brick Lane BCN returns this Saturday, October 5th. London’s Brick Lane market has crossed waters, bringing the elite brand to Barcelona and, with its eclectic and truly beautiful pieces, it’s one of my favourite markets in the city. The market is selective with its stock, there are no second hand Primark items shamefully appearing in a 'vintage' market and the specialist vendors—the not unknown names of Kinky Merengue, Lab Couture, La Petite Parade, Layelfish, Psycho Candy and Violeta Vintage—source items that allow the shopper to unearth unique and original items that oxymoronically follow previous styles that have fashionably worked. It is this enduring appeal of the clothing that embraces the real definition of vintage. And it is worth mentioning that although the rails are mainly dedicated to women, they are working on a vintage section for men so I recommend that everyone drops by.
Moving on from the clothes, there is another reason why this market is one of my favourites: the alcoholic beverage to accompany the shopping. For October, November and December, the market will be sponsored by Tanqueray. This means you pay a €2 entrance fee and the drink (or drinks, depending on how long you stay) are included. Each month also welcomes a DJ, this month it’s the house orientated DJ Baldo. Really it’s the perfect combination—shopping, music and gin.
So dig out your exclusive garments this Saturday, and make sure they are your very best, as this ritzy event will be oozing with coolness. Go to the Brick Lane BCN Facebook page for more information as well as to admire the teasing images of the clothes for sale.
Date and time: October 5th, 12–7pm
Cost: €2 (drinks included)
Address: Corretger 5 (with Princesa)
Metro: Jaume 1/Arc de Triomf
Hannah Thomson is a recent English and American Literature graduate currently living in Barcelona teaching English, learning Castilian and pursuing anything cultural and creative along the way. If you want to read more about happenings in Barcelona, check out her blog: http://bcnspot.tumblr.com/