Retromania Takes Brighton Back In Time With Vintage Expo

Photo: Suzanne Sausville/WBZ NewsRadio

BRIGHTON, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — If you were looking for the latest fashion trends, artwork, jewelry, or memorabilia, you came to the wrong place.

Retromania: A Retrospective Expo took over Roadrunner in Brighton this weekend. Pop-up market and organizer the Brighton Bazaar gathered more than 100 vendors from across the northeast to sell everything retro—from vintage clothing and jewelry to posters and hand-painted vinyl records.

One of the vendors on Sunday was Lexie Butterfly, owner of Lexie Butterfly Vintage, who uses vintage fabric to make bold new garments. Decked out in purple hair and a multicolored faux fur jacket, Butterfly described her outfit as "a little Santa Monica Boulevard gay community, there’s some (fashion designer) Betsey Johnson, there’s Texas cowboy boots, and a little Kansas baseball cap."

Butterfly told WBZ NewsRadio vintage is definitely her style.

"The quality is great and everything is really special and cool, and you’ll never see somebody walking down the street wearing the same thing as you," said Butterfly.

A few booths away was Caylin, who uses vintage tea cups and saucers to make sculptures with vintage jewelry pouring out of the cups. The process is called upcycling, where discarded products are transformed into new products with greater artistic value.

"I go to the thrift store and see all these sad, beautiful pieces that people don’t want anymore, and I want to bring it back into their lives," Caylin said.

Classic items like 8-tracks and old Playboys were also up for grabs at Retromania, but Andrew Gifford of Brighton Bazaar said the expo was not limited to selling things from 20 years ago or more.

"We’re retro, so it’s inclusive of people who make new art that has a vintage style," Gifford said.

Case in point was artist Marianne Radnitzky, whose works are inspired by the vintage clothing she wears and sells.

"This is better than selling online or whatever, because you get to interact with people who are going to then enjoy your pieces and your work," said Radnitzky. "It’s fairly magical."

WBZ's Suzanne Sausville (@WBZSausville) reports.

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