It's a Vintage World We Are Just Living In It

Written by MINT MARKET


Posted on March 01 2023

Mint Market Valerie Duardo VintageValerie wears a silk crepè de chinè 1980s bias cut balloon sleeve dress with Steve Madden Tille Platforms available here.
Mint Market Valerie Duardo Vintage
People always ask me how did I start in this business. I always say it's not something you just 'start'. If there is a start, there must an ending. And this is not the case with Vintage. There is no end to it. It just goes on and on. Revolutions baby. 
What started out as an excuse to cut class in high school quickly evolved into a store in my bedroom at home at the time. You see, in the early 2000s us girls were not concerned with vintage, in fact, it was considered used and had some economical status stigma attached to it. The song 'Thrift Shop' by Macklemore had not even come out yet so people were really dumbfounded when they came into contact with clothing from the past. They didn't know what to think of it or the person wearing it. I, on the otherhand, thought it was the coolest thing on earth from the first time I laid my hands on a vintage garment. I still remember the first garment I ever thrifted. It was an 80s knit sleeveless top with patchwork snakeskin applique that I paired with skinny jeans and red pumps at the time. I thought I looked like Fergie or Gwen Stefani and that it was groundbreaking at the time. The early 2000s were the days.
You see vintage is not like mall clothes at all. On the contrary, these garments have a past and a soul. They truly emanate energy and radiate vibes, good or bad. A little piece of it's previous owners' will of fire clings onto the pieces that survive the beating of time. The human spirit lives on through their garments and said spirits play a role in choosing the garments' new owners. It's this magnetism that keeps the vintage coming with no end. The vintage chooses you as much as you choose it. And the more you love it, the more it will come to you. Infinity. 

Now in our 10th year in business with two brick and mortar locations and an online store with it's own little studio, we are more than blessed and grateful to still be in business after several tumultuous years. Vintage is what has helped us build up this mini empire and it is what guides us into the future.