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A VG INTERVIEW WITH SALLY JANE VINTAGE


1. I have to ask…where does the name Sally Jane Vintage come from?
Well, it’s actually a childhood nickname. My dad never called any of us kids (I have a brother and a sister) by our given names, and somehow I got the moniker Sally Jane. I’m not sure where it came from other than from his imagination.


2. You have been selling on Etsy since 2009 and have over 2,000 sales. That is not only awe-inspiring to other independent sellers, but it is also quite a feat considering you’ve only been at it for three years. What was the most difficult thing about starting out selling your beautiful vintage finds? Why did you choose Etsy, and how long did it take you to gain such a loyal following?
Thanks so much! I felt like it was quite a milestone to hit the 2,000 sales mark. I made the switch from eBay to Etsy in 2009 after I soured on eBay for a variety of reasons. Since I was already selling vintage online, it was a pretty easy transition. I found Etsy to be the quaint online mom & pop shop in contrast to the giant ‘shopping mall’ that is eBay. Frankly, I felt like I was getting lost in the crowd on eBay and really liked the atmosphere and aesthetic of Etsy. I still feel like I’m small potatoes compared to some of the amazing sellers that populate the Etsy site but I’m happy and it keeps me busy and that’s all that matters.


3. Your vintage collections are perfectly curated, from colors to themes and inspirations. How do you come up with all these unique compositions? I guess what I mean is, what are your personal inspirations behind selling the vintage you find? Are you on the hunt for certain pieces to pair together or is more of a natural whatever finds you kind of process?
Thanks again! I really enjoy putting together those little collections. Sometimes, it’s based around a certain color, other times a specific time period or silhouette. There’s no real science to the process. It usually comes together pretty organically. I think when I’m hunting for vintage I’m naturally attracted to pieces in certain colors or fabrics or shapes so I quickly accumulate pieces in a similar theme and the collections just come together. Although, sometimes, I fall in love with something that doesn’t fit into a collection and I end up holding onto it for months before I can figure out how to work it in. As for the inspiration behind the vintage that I sell, I love to find pieces that are truly wearable and fit seamlessly into any gal’s wardrobe. As much as I admire the sellers that stock their shops full of gorgeous party dresses (who wouldn’t want to be surrounded by that all day?), I really strive to find vintage pieces that can be seamlessly incorporated into a modern wardrobe and worn time and time again.


4. This is also an obligatory question: How did you get into buying and selling vintage?
I’ve always had a love for thrift shopping and vintage. Even as far back as high school (in the early ’90s!), I was scouring thrift stores for unique things to wear. Of course there was no Internet back then and it never occurred to me that I would be able to set up a virtual shop and sell vintage to gals around the world. By the time I moved to LA, the world of selling vintage online was exploding and I looked and what other people were doing and thought, “I could do that!” I took $200 with me down to Melrose Avenue and bought as much vintage as I could ($200 doesn’t go very far in LA!) and listed the pieces on eBay. To my utter surprise and delight, everything I listed the first week sold and I haven’t stopped since.


5. Given the New Year has just arrived and everyone’s got the future on their minds, where do you see Sally Jane Vintage in five years? Is this something that you want to do for the rest of your life, or will there ever come a day when you decide you just want to keep everything you’ve found because it’s all so awesome?
For the time being, I’m happy maintaining my current shop in its current state. Perhaps as technology advances, I’ll have to keep up and who knows what that will mean. I know I’d like to be involved with vintage in some regard forever. Again, who knows what the future holds! I do try to keep my personal collection in check so I’m sure I’ll always be passing along some of the things I find to new homes.

–SARAH MUHL
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OUR TOP FIVE ONLINE VINTAGE RETAILERS!


If I could have a wardrobe that consisted solely of vintage pieces, I’d be an extremely happy camper. There is something so satisfying about vintage clothing–the quality, the uniqueness, the bit of digging that is usually required to find what you want, and the fact that vintage clothing somehow gives any outfit an instant dash of je ne sais quoi. Luckily for me (and the entire internet-using world, for that matter), there is a plethora of awesome online vintage out there, from Ebay to Etsy and everything in-between. Here are my five picks for the best online spots to get yourself a wardrobe stuffed to the brim with vintage-y goodness.

1. Sisters of the Black Moon
If the bohemian rock ‘n roll vibe is your deal, look no further than Sisters of the Black Moon. This trio of black magic women have a knack for finding some of the best pieces from the 70’s that I have ever seen. And their photo editorials? Out of this world!
Current favorite: 1970’s Brown with Lace Cotton Maxi Dress

2. Closet Case Vintage
There is no doubt in my mind that Nashville-based Carmen Jaudon, owner of Closet Case Vintage, has an eye for old clothing. And talk about variety! Her store includes items that range from a drool-worthy 30’s lace organza wedding gown to 80’s concert t-shirts.
Current favorite: 1920’s Maroon Embroidered Dress

3. Sally Jane Vintage
Jennifer at Sally Jane Vintage always seems to find clothing that embodies a classic vibe. You can never go wrong with her selection, especially since she has partnered up with Smilin’ Gal Vintage, a Lancaster, PA fixture.
Current favorite: Knit Cardigan Dress

4. Little Orphan Fannie
Pretty is the name of the game at Little Orphan Fannie. For sweet 50’s dresses and a great selection of slip dresses, this is your one-stop shop for an overdose of feminine.
Current favorite: 1950’s Pink Lace Party Dress

5. Indiecult Vintage
The woman who runs Indiecult Vintage must have the midas touch. Her shop is consistently filled with amazing, on-trend vintage duds. Not only that, but her styling is impeccable, making everything in the online storefront even more desirable.
Current favorite: Black & White Sequined Jacket
–AMBER DANESE GRANDFIELD
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