Vintage Vision, based in Lion Street, Abergavenny and now with a second shop in Blaenavon is already making a name for itself as a top shopping destination for vintage followers. Staff were approached last year by a group looking for an ‘alternative’ hen party experience. Always happy to oblige, a tutor was drafted in and the group enjoyed an hour long textile workshop using the many fabrics and materials we get donated and finally sat down to afternoon tea served in beautiful vintage china.
Co-founder and Chair Amanda Peters explained, “It was such a fun afternoon, there were hoots of laughter as the women tried on half of our stock before settling down to the craft session, and then tea and cakes. Since then, we’ve had more requests, and we’re currently putting together a menu of choices. We’re always happy to discuss any ideas that customers have, and accommodate their wishes. We currently provide free sewing classes to groups of 6 at a time, the classes run for 6 weeks and are always over subscribed. The fantastic thing is that our sessions cover all age groups, so if you’re thinking of a reunion of school friends, or just a special birthday, then call in and see what we can offer.
Vintage Vision is a social enterprise, which means it is not for profit, and is staffed entirely by volunteers. Open on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10am – 4pm, we rely on our many volunteers to turn up in all weathers and help the shop to flourish. Since we opened, three of our volunteers have gone on to get paid work, and two have moved out of the area, so we’re always looking to recruit new helpers. We’re not looking for a huge commitment, as little as 3 hours a week, or even a month, will help. If you’re interested, call into the shop for more information, or email firstname.lastname@example.org