What drew you start collecting vintage?
My best friends mom had a pretty crazy collection of vintage clothes when we were growing up. We used to use to play dress up in as kids and create these different characters. That's when I fell in love with the idea of clothing from another era. I didn't start collecting myself until I was in middle school when a Value Village opened minutes away from my parents house.
What do you love most about vintage?
I love vintage for many reasons, but I enjoy it the most because its a conversation starter. I've had complete strangers come up to me to ask about something I'm wearing, or tell me about a piece they have or their mother owned. I've made many friendships thanks to vintage clothing.
What led you to join NewOlds vintage collective as opposed to opening your own shop?
I met Airin at the vintage marketplace in April (another friendship formed over vintage) and when she invited me to join the shop I was thrilled! The idea of joining NewOlds vintage collective seemed like a perfect fit for me. It gives me the chance to share a beautiful space on James north with two amazing girls as well as the flexibility not to be tied to the shop 24/7. This allows me time to pick new items for the store, keep my other jobs and still have a social life. With three distinct eyes picking pieces for the store, we each bring something different style wise. The best feeling in the world is seeing someone wearing a piece from Lost & Found Vintage and NewOlds has made that possible.
Over the years that you have collected vintage, what is your favourite piece and its story?
Picking a favourite piece of vintage is like picking a favourite child. I have so many favourites for many different reasons! I love the items I've picked up while traveling. Instead of a shot glass from Thailand I brought home an 1960s bicycle print dress. But there's also the items I've picked up thrifting that send me on a total thrift high like the hand tooled leather Circle skirt for $7 or the high wasted mustard yellow Sylivia O'Brien skirt that is perfect year round.