For the past two months, the Vintage Vault in Yorkton, SK has been hosting a weekly Style Mecca. Every Thursday, photographers, make-up artists, bloggers, hairstylists, and models are invited to meet for a fashion show and photo shoot. Saying it’s a night for networking and promotion minimizes the larger contribution of these Style Meccas. Vintage Vault isn’t just helping to build portfolios; it’s building a community.
I’ve been fortunate to find myself a part of Vintage Vault’s community as a model before, and I was eager to attend a Style Mecca from their first announcement. My schedule in December wasn’t accommodating, but I made a point of blocking off time last week for their Hot Boho event. I didn’t bother with expectations; I rarely do. I would go and see what the evening had in store, model as needed, and get in a little shopping if I had the chance.
The evening ran like clockwork by this point. Make-up artists were at the ready. I was one of the first to arrive and was immediately made-over. Following this, I was fitted for outfits, and by six p.m., we were lining up, ready to take to the winding catwalk through the store. Photographers were waiting at the front counter with a backdrop and lights, ready to snap pictures as we walked past and hold there for group shots when we finished our walk.
I am a nervous person to begin with: apologetic and awkward, armed with a perfectionism that threatens to be my undoing. Modelling manages to bring all that to the fore. I should mention that there’s no sense of ego or self-preservation in this either. I’m never afraid of embarrassing myself; I’m always afraid of embarrassing other people.
Nevertheless, I walked through the store twice, posing for pictures on the way – blushing and apologizing the entire time, I’m sure; I’m still me – and I was emboldened by that strong sense of community that Vintage Vault has fostered. A community that allows local talent to network and experiment with different styles, different art forms; that allows nervous wrecks like me to step outside their comfort zone and participate in something beautiful.
Vintage Vault specializes in designer consignment. They have a curated collection of secondhand clothing, jewellery, and other accessories; their stock is always distinctive and unique. They do carry products from local artists as well. Luxury items can also be found in the Vault including designer purses, handbags, and sunglasses. You can shop them in-store here in Yorkton or online. Be sure to check out their Facebook page for more pictures from Style Mecca and follow them on Instagram @vintagevaultfashion.
The founder of Vintage Vault, Terri Pederson, is leaving to pursue other projects. She’s a mover and shaker and just about one of the loveliest people you could ever meet. Follow her on Instagram @askterri. We wish her all the best in her endeavours!