Vintage flea market raises money for charity

Community enjoys New York inspired boutique market

Fashionistas enjoyed a vintage flea market last weekend where more than �1,000 was raised for charity.

The popular Kensal Flea, which has taken inspiration from the trendy streets of Brooklyn, New York, raised �1,012 on the door which will be donated to Contact the Elderly and Brent Samaritans.

Original art, vintage fashion, music, homewares, handmade jewellery, cakes and kids’ clothes were all on sale throughout the day in Paradise by Way of Kensal Green, Kilburn Lane.

There was also a 3D photo studio set up by company, Photobooth Out of Order where people had retro inspired portraits taken while wearing their finest vintage in a bespoke flea setting.

The boutique market was set up by Juliet Kinsman, a travel writer who also runs Kensal Rise blog, Park Life, which is dedicated to celebrating the different communities living in NW6 and NW10.

She said: “It was definitely the best one yet. Relaxed and so many fabulous things to buy.

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“The owner of Paradise, Steve Blonde, said he thought the friendly, warm atmosphere was incredible.

“We raised �1,012 on the door for Samaritans and Contact the Elderly. Photobooth Out of Order was pretty awesome. There is always a buzzy feel good ambience at Kensal Flea if I do say so myself.”

The next Kensal Flea is expected to take place next spring.

Avril Mackintosh, from Kensal Triangle Residents’ Association, said: “Thank you to Juliet for pulling off another fantastic event.

“This again shows what a great area we live in with more than �1,000 pounds being raised for charity.”