The next installment of the Chic Shop series is featuring a seller who inspires me so much! Her photography is brilliant, models gorgeous, and of course, you can’t forget about the clothes, too! I hope one day my own vintage shop can be like hers! Say hello to Angela of Wicked Plum Vintage.
Where are you from?
I am originally from New Orleans, La., but have been living in Georgia since I was 10 years old. I graduate from high school in 1995, and studied (oddly enough) Forensic Anthropology in college before I decided to work another field. Now, while selling vintage clothing online, I am pursuing a career in Fashion Photography.
When and why did you start selling vintage?
I always collected it. When my dad married my step-mom, she would take me to thrift stores, and at first I bought them to play dress up in, but then later as a teen, (who never quite fit in with the ’in-crowd" in high school), I wore them to stand apart. But after I had my daughter 8 years ago, and realized my bust-line was never gonna fit in most vintage ever again, and needing a career where I could stay at home, I begin selling my collection. When it became successful, I expanded, and have doing it ever since, and love it!
What do you love about vintage clothing and fashions?
Everything! Clothing made back then was made so much better than today. The quality of the fabric, the construction, the style. Items today fall apart after a few months, but many items from the 1920s to the 1970s still look brand new! Plus, many of them were made in America, by proud seamstress union guilds, and their love and passion for their work really shows in the craftsmanship, a far cry from the sub-standard factory junk today! And, womens’ vintage fashion is so feminine, bold, and sexy yet classy!
Do you have a favorite decade?
My favorite is the 1940s/1950s style. If I could own any dress, it would be the dress Marty wears to the dance in Grease, the green one. Love that dress!
Describe the type of person who would love to shop at Wicked Plum Vintage.
The girl who is a little different from the ‘tries-to-be-different’ crowd. She loves fashion, but does not want to pay a fortune. Wants to look cute, but grown-up, elegant, yet sexy, polished, but not not too perfect. She is her own person, cannot be defined by any word or ‘trend’, and is always changing and growing as a person. In a word, she is TRULY unique.
What makes Wicked Plum unique?
Like the girl who shops with us, we too cannot be defined, due in part because I am the same way. But, we do stand apart from other vintage sellers, since our prices aren’t inflated, our vintage really IS vintage, and we cater to a more diverse crowd, with a wider selection of eras, styles AND sizes to suit all girls! We do however, try to keep some items in stock that suit current runway fashion trends also, since sometimes that does attract even us.
What’s your favorite part about selling vintage clothing?
Definitely finding it! It’s like an adventure. we love to look for it, you never know what you are gonna find that day. And those days when you find a TON of them, is always the best, especially when we find the really cute or the really old stuff.
Have any tips for vintage shoppers, especially those shopping online?
For out and about, check the tiny hole-in-the-wall places. You can find undiscovered gems! For online, if you are looking for high-end items, Google the seller first, since there are a lot of scammy vintage sellers out there, don’t rely on their feedback alone, and ask questions. For casual items, check around and see if anyone else has it for a lower price, don’t just go to the most popular vintage sellers, their prices can get too high, and not everything is ‘rare’.
Why do you think it’s important to bring vintage to the Chictopia community?
Because most fashion today is based off of older designs. We should pay tribute to fashions from eras when quality and class mattered. They are a part of our history and our heritage, and they should be saved AND savored. Plus, in an era where the state of the Earth is important, buying and selling vintage clothing is eco-friendly and sustainable. No new materials or factory pollution is needed to produce it. And since they are better made and last longer, when you get tired of it, you can sell or trade it to someone else!
Click on any of the links below to be directed to it’s eBay listing!
Photo 1: 1970s Burgundy Babydoll Empire Tie Back Mini Dress
Photo 2: 1980s Epic Sheer Cream Lace Romantic Maxi Dress
Photo 3: 1980s Cobalt Glam Draped Cocoon Pleated Jacket
Photo 4: 1960s Mod Brown Babydoll Mini Dress w/ Pockets
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