I started in the vintage business when I was 8! My mom and I would go to garage sales every weekend. She would collect depression glass and I would collect Avon bottles! We would do area flea markets to sell our extras and anything else we no longer wanted from our weekly treasure hunting! In the late 90s, I started selling online on EBay. In 2011, I moved into the Lincoln Antique Mall where I currently have a space. I started doing Vintage Garage Chicago in 2014. 2018 will be my fourth season as a full-season vendor at the garage. I was proud to be a part of the Chicago Vintage Clothing & Jewelry Show last year and I’m very excited about this year’s show!
How'd you move into vintage fashion?
From the time I was born, fashion was always a part of my life. My grandmother owned her own clothing boutique here in the city and I would ‘help’ her many days when I was a kid back in the 70s! I wish I had some of the inventory she had back then! I’ve always sold vintage jewelry & accessories since my early flea market days with my mom. Since the time I’ve been selling at Lincoln Antique Mall & Vintage Garage Chicago I’ve expanded the amount of clothing I sell.
Are you a collector?
Yes! I have lots of little collections.
What do you collect?
I collect Midcentury modern art, Holt Howard kitchen collectibles, lucite and Bakelite purses, artisan and nice costume jewelry, head vases and art pottery.
What's a favorite piece you can't sell?
It’s tough to pick just one! I have a John Eastlake artist proof picture that hangs in my entryway that I really love. It’s a colorful rainbow psychedelic picture of ladies from the mid 70s that I found at a sale for $10!
What's your favorite thing to sell?
I love Midcentury design so I focus on things from that era to sell! I love it all so I not only sell clothing, jewelry and accessories from that era, but housewares as well.
What sells fastest?
I try to price all of my items reasonably based off of how much I pay for them. I very rarely price items top dollar. What’s most important to me is that everyone leaves my booth happy with their purchases and they’ve found a good home. I think people like quality items at fair prices, so those kinds of things sell the fastest at our booth whether it be clothing, jewelry or accessories. They also want items that translate well to 2018, so I always try to keep that in mind when I make purchases.
Where are you from?
I’ve always lived on the far northwest side of Chicago!
Do you have a shop online?
Currently, I only sell occasionally on EBay (my username is Aunteaq). You can view items that I’m bringing to Vintage Garage Chicago, the Lincoln Antique Mall and the Chicago Vintage Clothing and Jewelry Show on my Instagram and Facebook pages- @shytowngirlvintage!
Are you bringing anything extra special to the show?
I have lots of fun and functional Midcentury dresses & jackets that can be worn anywhere in a variety of patterns and a rainbow of colors coming to the show. I love bright colors and retro patterns! I’m also bringing a nice selection of high quality Midcentury pieces with designer names such as Oscar de la Renta, Lilli Ann, Gucci and Cartier, as well as some pieces from Marshall Field’s boutique salons. I have lots of mod pieces coming this time including a 70s suede cape and several purses (some new old stock with tags)! I As for jewelry, I have some unusual amber necklaces, Midcentury artisan pieces and vintage Trifari statement necklaces. I’ve been saving items for this show all year so be sure to stop by both days because I’ll have new items each day!
See Lisa March 2/3 at the Chicago Vintage Clothing and Jewelry Show click for Visitor Info!