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Published: Tuesday December 17, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Tuesday December 17, 2013 MYT 11:03:29 AM

For all things vintage

All things retro : Some of the vendors at the festival arriving in their own vintage scooters and cars.

All things retro : Some of the vendors at the festival arriving in their own vintage scooters and cars.

Annual festival sees over 100 traders selling various collectibles and styles from the past

THE Kuala Lumpur Vintage Festival 2013 offered a visual trip down memory lane for visitors and shoppers alike.

The two-day event held at Lanai Matic (Malaysia Tourism Centre), Kuala Lumpur recently had 118 vendors selling a diverse range of products, including clothes, shoes, accessories, bags, toys, collectibles and food.

The main stage featured a display of not-for-sale vintage toys such as bicycles, tricycles as well as miniature scooters and cars.

“Vintage is loosely defined as pre-loved items that still have value,” said Azmeer Idrus, who together with his wife, Zaharah Nakibullah, are the founders of Pintu Merah — the festival organiser.

From childhood days: The Tin Tin Toy stall was among the more popular ones as visitors flocked to check out its range of vintage tin toys.
From childhood days: The Tin Tin Toy stall is among the more popular ones as visitors flock to check out its range of vintage tin toys.

“There were only 83 traders when we started the festival in 2011, the number grew to 118 last year,” said Azmeer.

“While the first two years were solely one-day vintage bazaars, we decided to expand it to a two-day festival this year, and include a vintage and non-vintage section for a wider appeal.”

Azmeer said the challenge in organising the festival was getting traders, especially vintage sellers, to gather for an outdoor event that was unlike the car boot sales and flea markets they were used to.

“Vintage traders can be defined as pickers and runners who hunt and collect vintage items for sale, collectors who buy the items and sellers who sell the items.,” said Azmeer.

Retro sports stuff: A range of vintage sports shoes, bags and related clothing were among the items available for sale at the Kuala Lumpur Vintage Festival 2013.
Retro sports stuff: Shoppers looking out for vintage sports shoes, bags and clothing.

“However, these definitions are often blurred as some pickers and runners end up being collectors or sellers.

“The vintage traders at this festival are mostly friends who helped to promote the event via social media.

“Our dream is to gather vintage traders from all over Malaysia to trade under one roof, preferably at a vintage venue like Stadium Merdeka or Stadium Negara, which opened in 1957 and 1962 respectively.

“We also want to expand the festival in the future to incorporate activities such as heritage walks, film screenings and to showcase vintage vehicles,’’ added Azmeer.

All things retro: Husband and wife duo Azmeer Idrus (right) and Zaharah Nakibullah are the founders of Pintu Merah - the company that organises the annual Kuala Lumpur Vintage Festival.
People behind the idea : Husband-and-wife duo Azmeer and Zaharah are the founders of Pintu Merah, the company that organises the annual Kuala Lumpur Vintage Festival.

Mona Nayna decided to drop by after finding out about the festival on Facebook, and found the event “very interesting”.

“I came here with the intention to shop, and I found several clothing items that appealed to me,” said the 22-year-old who was with her family.

Tags / Keywords: Lifestyle, Community, Central Region, Kuala Lumpur Vintage Festival, vintage, retro, Lanai Matic, pre-loved

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