vintage clothing enthusiast whose hobby is dressing up in 1940s outfits was crowned Eventbrite’s Hobby Hero in a national competition.
Teresa Fisher, 50, from Stone in Staffordshire, dresses up as a 1940s ‘walker’ with husband Steve, 62, as they tour heritage railways and stately homes.
The couple became hooked on vintage clothing after attending their first themed event in 2018, and the couple now attend around 20-30 events each year.
Ms Fisher said: “I can’t believe what started out as a bit of fun helped me win the Eventbrite Hobby Hero competition.
“My husband and I attended a heritage railway hosting a 1940s event and it was like stepping into a real Agatha Christie book.
“Ladies with fur stoles, lipstick, fabulous dresses and victory rolls, and men with incredible suits, baggy pants and hats.
“I was literally wide-eyed with the attention to detail people were showing and the fun they were having. So we put together an outfit and haven’t looked back since.
Ms Fisher, who works for the Chartered Institute of Railway Operators, uses a mix of homemade designs and clothes from second-hand and vintage stores.
She plans to use part of her prize money – £2,500 in cash and £2,500 in support from Eventbrite’s experts and ticket fee credits – to help share her passion by hosting advice forums and workshops. to encourage others to perfect their outfits.
Ms Fisher said: “I spend a lot of time browsing vintage shops and online thrift shops looking for quirky, authentic clothes.
“It’s a real passion. I like to think that by collecting these objects, I am a curator of the 1940s.
“The awesome sight of seeing people dressed in this fabulous style makes for great photos and I think it’s really important to look as authentic as possible.
“I always include a piece of jewelry from my late grandmother or my late mother-in-law, a small gesture for my own family history – maybe it brought me luck.”
The Hobby Hero competition was launched in May to find Britain’s greatest hobbyist and help them share their hobby with others.
Ms Fisher was crowned the winner from a selection of 10 contestants from the UK, including an acrobat, hair braider, litter picker, powerlifter, ghostbuster and even an upcycle craftsman who spent three months transforming hundreds of crispy packets in an eco-inspired “crispy packet jacket”.
Sebastian Boppert of Eventbrite said, “We received hundreds of brilliant entries, but Teresa’s entry was so original, had a strong social element, and she was overflowing with the passion and joy that her hobby gives her.
“Teresa had a tough competition, but she stood out as a true hobby hero.”
The initiative is backed by psychologist professor Cary Cooper, a wellbeing expert who advocates using leisure time to improve mental health.
Prof Cooper said: ‘Leisure can improve your wellbeing because whether you’re knitting, running, hula hooping, abseiling or baking, it offers a great way to get away from the stresses of the world. and work, you move away from the screen. and allow yourself to do something positive, creative and fulfilling.
“Teresa’s hobby really stood out and she is a deserving winner.
“After two years of social isolation, it’s a joy to see people connecting through everyday, unusual hobbies that give them pleasure and, depending on what you’re doing, improve fitness, memory or mood.”