Former ELLE Magazine editor Jacquie Myburgh Chemaly and teacher Leigh Ord both wanted to do something for charity but could never find time, never mind the platform. Obvs, there must be many other women who are in a similar position, they thought, and there it was… a simple, but effective concept- Vintage with Love. The ladies are bringing Vintage with Love to Cape Town’s 15 on Orange this weekend and, as Jacquie tells us: “The idea is to collect beautiful clothing, shoes and accessories that are not worn anymore but are still in good condition and sell them to raise money for literacy.” If you have nothing to bring, you can, of course, still buy and sip on a some bubbly in the company of other vintage-lovers.
You’ve hosted two such events in Joburg. How have those been received?
The Joburg sales were a huge success and we have no doubt that Cape Town shoppers are going to love Vintage with Love too. A fun day out with friends, shopping for well-priced, gently worn, stylish clothes with chilled bubbly on tap – what’s not to love?! Last year Vintage with Love raised close to R800 000 for charity.
Do you find that most of your customers are motivated more by the beneficiaries of the profits, looking good or both?
I’m sure it’s a bit of both. We have had some wonderful clothing donations and for many women, shopping vintage is their only opportunity to buy designer labels. We are all vintage clothing fans because we love the fact that you can find items that no-one else has. Plus, it feels great knowing that every penny that is raised goes to charity. Everyone who works on Vintage with Love is a volunteer so we are able to donate all the money raised to our chosen literacy projects.
Why did you select the beneficiaries that you did?
Leigh and Debbie are both former teachers and are passionate about helping young children to get the kind of education that will help them to fulfil their potential. There is such a need to improve educational opportunities in this country and we are supporting some incredible organisations that are doing just that. These people are the real heroes. All proceeds from our Cape Town sale go to Partners with Possibility, Edunova, The Shine Foundation and Chic Mama’s do Care.
What can Capetonians look forward to when the sale pops-up here?
Cape Town shoppers can look forward to a really fun and unique shopping experience. The exquisite African Pride 15 on Orange hotel is going to be transformed into a stunning designer boutique for the weekend. The dates and times for the sale are as follows:
Friday 11 September 4pm – 8pm
Saturday 12 September 10am – 2pm
Sunday 13 September 10am – 2pm
Friday night is an exclusive preview and tickets are selling fast for the opportunity to enjoy first pickings of the clothes! We have two tickets to give away right here on Skattie, so do tweet us (@that_skattie) the name of at least one charity that is a beneficiary of the Vintage With Love market and the two tickets are yours. Fastest fingers, with the correct answer, first. Please note transport to and from 15 on Orange on Friday night is for your books.
Tickets for the sale are available at Web Tickets at https://www.webtickets.co.za/event.aspx?itemid=1457179704