CVCJ Vendor Profile
Amy Ernst Mayberry
Viva Vintage Clothing
20 years, in March 2019
How'd you move into vintage fashion?
I was a long-time employee at another Chicago-area vintage shop (Fabola, in Evanston) before opening my first store in 1998. You could call it a vintage apprenticeship!
Are you a collector?
What do you collect?
I collect sweetheart jewelry of the 1940s, vintage hats (mainly from the 1930s to the 1950s), and I also love vintage cashmere sweaters--especially since I am allergic to wool.
What's a favorite piece you can't sell?
My mother’s “sorority suit", circa late 1960s. It is blue, which I never wear, and it is wool, which I can’t wear--but I can’t part with it either.
What's your favorite thing to sell?
Vintage hats, jewelry, and handbags, because I believe that anyone can wear/carry them, if they find the style that works for them!
What sells fastest?
1950s cotton dresses and menswear older than 1950s.
Where are you from?
I grew up in Ft. Wayne, IN and St. Louis, MO, but I’ve been in Chicago since 1990.
Do you have a shop online?
Are you bringing anything extra special to the show?
I am planning on bringing some special jewelry pieces that have never been listed on my website, and also some designer vintage pieces that I have stashed in storage!
See Amy March 2/3 at the Chicago Vintage Clothing and Jewelry Show click for Visitor Info!