The Vintage Clothing stall is an Aladdin's Cave of treasures. Its a hugely popular part of the Fair and people in the know come early to get the best items and the best bargains! Here we speak with Zoe Lau and Yana Chung Tsang '95 who are running the Vintage Clothing stall this year.
Hi ladies! Thank you for volunteering. Can you tell us a little about yourselves and how you came to be involved with the Vintage Clothing stall?
The two of us met more than 15 years ago when we worked for the same financial services company. We loved working together professionally and became dear friends over time. When we both became CIS parents, we wanted to work hand-in-hand to serve the CIS community. Joining the CIS Fair committee gave us the perfect opportunity to enjoy the best of both worlds. We couldn't think of a better way to have fun and make a difference at the same time!
Last year, we took on the challenge of running the Bake Sale, despite not knowing the first thing about baking. Thanks to the tremendous support of our generous sponsors and talented community, we stocked our stall with endless goodies (you don't want to know how much we sold in calories!). You could smell the sweet aroma of our stall from miles away!
This year, we decided to pass the rolling pin (i.e. baton) to Carrie Seto '00 and Lisa Chan '00, who know much more about baking than we do. Given how much fun we had on the Fair Committee last year, we immediately raised our hands to cochair a different "business". That's how we ended up trading in our flour-dusted aprons for a more "glamorous" look selling lovingly-used vintage items.
What do you sell?
Gosh, what don't we sell? Thanks to the generosity of our community, we will be selling all sorts of clean, good quality clothes, bags, shoes and accessories. Loyal customers will know that when it comes to our stall, early birds get the worm. So make sure Vintage Clothing is your first stop! You want to beat the crowd to get the first pick of the best items. And bring BIG shopping bags - you will find lots of gems as you go through our racks! We will also be selling environmentally friendly shopping bags at the Fair this year, so you can buy these from us to carry your shopping if you forget to bring your own!
Where are you located?
We'll be in the carpark right next to the Bake Sale. Follow the aroma of sweet treats and savory goodies and you won't miss us!
Any tips to find the very best items and bargains?
Shhhhhh! Don't tell anyone we said this, but volunteers who help us set up the day before the Fair will get a special "preview". We may even let you reserve a couple of items. Wink wink.
What do you need volunteers to do and where can they sign up to help?
We need you. We need your friends. We need your family members. We need lots and lots of people to help sort through donations and set up the day before the Fair. Please click here to sign up now!
What is your favourite part of the fair?
We're not biased or anything - of course we're not. Vintage Clothing is simply the best! Don't miss out!
Oh, and I, Yana, love Spin the Barrel too because that's the stall that my dad created and ran for more than a decade when my sisters and I were students at CIS.