Tameside Advertiser - - CITY LIFE LOCAL -

IN­TAGE Em­po­rium might only have been on the Stock­port shop­ping map for just un­der four months, but al­ready it has am­bi­tious ex­pan­sion plans.

Up on the sec­ond floor, one that spans the en­tire length and breadth of the mill, the em­po­rium’s co­or­di­na­tor Gabrielle Fuller shows us the space she’ll open in time for the first May bank hol­i­day week­end – one which in­cludes a fash­ion run­way for the Through The Decades fash­ion show, on May 2, show­ing peo­ple how to wear vin­tage styles (£6).

The rest of the floor is al­ready fill­ing up with in­de­pen­dent traders sell­ing fur­ni­ture and sal­vage, all of them pre­par­ing to be­come part of this demo­cratic and com­mu­nity-minded space.

Down­stairs, there are more than 60 traders in res­i­dence.d

Ev­ery­one has their in­di­vid­ual stand, but since all stock is priced (there’s no hag­gling here) sales are con­trolled from a cen­tral till, mean­ing busi­ness own­ers don’t have to be on site ev­ery day.

The idea to open up the em­po­rium came to Gabrielle when her own cir­cum­stances changed.

A teacher in Birm­ing­ham but orig­i­nally from Mold in North Wales, Gabrielle left work to care for her fa­ther and re­con­sid­ered her ca­reer op­tions.

“I started do­ing a bit of vin­tage on the Manch­ester Spe­cial­ist Mar­kets and at fairs and this grew from there,”

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