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.
Everyone has their individual stand, but since all stock is priced (there’s no hagglingh l h here)) salesl 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,” Gabrielle recalls.
“I realised I’d got a skill set I could use and that running this place was