Viva La Thrifty has opened its doors right around the corner from where I sell retro items at Southern Crossing Antique Mall. It's a charming vintage shop with a simple, attractive set-up and loads of groovy mod goodies to browse. Owner Malori answered some questions on what it's like to be living the dream and operating her own vintage houseware and apparel shop.
1. How long have you been thrifting?
I have always been thrifting. My parents and I would go to flea markets every weekend while I was growing up.
2. That's what I figured, I'm a lifelong thrifter too! How long have you been selling vintage?
I have been selling vintage for about a year.
3. That's impressive, you're doing really well already! Is this your first vintage shop?
Yes, this is my first vintage shop.
I have always wanted my own. When the opportunity opened up, I just went for it.
5. When did the opportunity to open the store arise? Can you describe the experience for us?
I was saving my money for years because I knew I always wanted my own business. Plus, I was finally able to afford to buy a cargo vehicle. I was also living in Atlanta at the time and I was just ready to get back to my hometown. When I saw the space open on King street, it just felt like destiny.
6. You scored a great spot and your shop is beautiful. What advice do you have for aspiring vintage store owners?
Get ready to work a lot!!
7. I definitely agree with that sentiment! I work my ass off between hunting for, cleaning, reparing, photographing, and tagging vintage! At least it's fun. You find amazing vintage pieces! Any thrifting tips to offer?
The best vintage comes from small towns.
8. That's good to know, I must stop by small towns to hunt on my next road trip! What are the challenges you've faced with owning your own retail space?
Every day presents a new challenge. Money management is always at the top of the list.
9. Any style influences to share?
I gain inspiration from everyone. Pinterest is always a great outlet for new ideas and new information.
10. Random: What's better: boats, owls, or robots? There can be only one!
I'm inspired by Malori's unpretentious, simple approach. Her shop delivers exactly what you want from a retro housewares and apparel shop- accessible, quality vintage at thrifty prices! I love how interview proves you sometimes have to jump on an opportunity when it presents itself and make your dreams a reality.
What are your dreams and goals with thrifting and vintage? Also, any particular questions you want me to ask vintage sellers in future interviews?