How to nail a vintage weigh and pay

I’ll have a kilogram of wavy garms, please

Vintage weigh and pays are a great way to buy a lot of clothes without breaking the bank. Most weigh and pays will charge £15-£20 per kilo. It can be difficult to figure out what a kilo of clothes looks like, but it generally works out as around 4 dresses, 5 or 6 lightweight shirts or a couple of jumpers. There are infinite combinations and the best vintage weigh and pays always have varied stock. Read on to find out how to nail the next vintage weigh and pay that comes to Sheffield.

Go for the lightest clothes possible

To get the most value for money, go for silky shirts and items in other lightweight materials. Though the chunky coats might be tempting, you will end up making up the whole kilo with just one item. Aim to buy silk shirts, slip dresses and lightweight sports jackets.

Look out for items you were looking for already

The temptation with vintage weigh and pays is to impulse buy, but try to stick with pieces you were looking to buy anyway. It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of a kilo sale and buy every pretty item you see, but you will regret making pointless purchases.

Get there early

The best way to make sure you get what you want is to turn up early. Most weigh and pays offer early bird tickets to make sure you get all the best stuff before it goes. Don’t worry if you get there a bit later, though. Some weigh and pays top up their stock throughout the day, so they won’t run out.

If you’re slightly under a kilo, add silk scarves

If you go to pay and find out you’re just a few grams under a kilo, you won’t have enough space left to add full items, so opt for lightweight accessories. Weigh and pay sales sometimes keep a box of silk scarves next to the till. Even if silk scarves aren’t your thing, they’re so cheap at vintage weigh and pays that you might as well get them. You can use them to accessorise belts and bags, or give them to someone else.

Ask to weigh before you go to pay

It’s hard to tell exactly what 1 kilogram of clothes is, so it’s worth weighing as you go. If you don’t you might be shocked to find that you have much more than a kilo worth of clothes and you’ll have to put back items that you were set on buying, unless you want to spend an extra £20. Alternatively, you might be pleasantly surprised to find that you’re under a kilo. In this case you can go back to shopping.

The next vintage weigh and pay coming to Sheffield is on Saturday 1st October at Trafalgar Warehouse. Look out for more throughout the year. Facebook is a great way to find out about weigh and pay events.