As I enter into my thirties and celebrate the first anniversary of Vintage Lovers, I wanted to reflect on my journey and growth thus far. Quick back story- I started thrifting when I was about 10 or 11 years old. I've always been a creative person. I used to love to take an old(or new) clothing item and turn it into something else. My parents suggested I start using clothing from the thrift store rather than cutting my "good clothes" (as they called them), and I haven't stopped thrifting since.
My love for vintage items came later on as I started to find unique pieces and felt such strong connections to them, knowing that each piece holds so much history and has withstood the tests of time. Vintage Lovers grew out of my love for timeless pieces and the desire to share my findings with others who appreciate vintage, quality pieces as much as I do.
From the beginning, I knew that I wanted my items to be ready to wear and that I wanted to give my buyers that like-new feeling they get when they purchase a new clothing item. I spent a lot of my time creating my logo and brand identity, designing my website (only to change it all later, ha), and figuring out how I would photograph my items. All these things have changed since I first started. I believe that is part of the process, figuring out what works, and making adjustments as you learn more along the way. Had I waited until everything was perfect (which it still isn't), I may have never started. I certainly wouldn't be celebrating one year in business, and I wouldn't have learned what I know now.
This shop is my baby, and I plan to continue doing this for as long as I live. No matter what other career moves I make, places I move to, and other things I do, I hope that this will always be a constant for me. It may look different over time, my style may change, but I will simply learn and grow along with it.
I am excited about all of the amazing things I will experience in my thirties. I look forward to further developing into the woman I am and will be. I look forward to new opportunities in my personal life and business. Here's to thirty & year one of Vintage Lovers, I am forever grateful.