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My History With Vintage:

My family (my Uncle Bob and my mother, Audrey) owned and operated quite a few vintage clothing stores in California long before the items they sold or used as displays in their stores were considered very fashionable, cool or even all that vintage.

The stores were intentionally opened in the areas where the fun and fabulous lived and played: San Francisco, North Hollywood, Silverlake (L.A.), and 2 locations in Long Beach, CA, where I grew up.

The first store, J.C. Funkies, opened in 1973 on Long Beach Blvd. and Market St, in a now depressed area of Long Beach. It had heavy traffic from truckers and other blue collar workers who needed inexpensive Levi's and flannel shirts. It then closed to make way for a larger store, less than a block away, called Worn Out West. Worn Out West…

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  • Female
  • Born on July 21
  • Joined January 4, 2010

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The Things I Love, Mid Century Modern Furniture and Housewares, 1940s 1950s Fashions for Men and Women, Fisher Price Toys, Metal Dollhouses, Vintage Childrens Books, Anything Painted Olive Green, Denim and Linen, Everything Plaid, Crystal, Snack Luncheon Plate Sets, Silver and Silverplate Things, Items for Elegant Entertaining

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KaiserVonVintage
A Salute to Outstanding American Vintage...

About

My History With Vintage:

My family (my Uncle Bob and my mother, Audrey) owned and operated quite a few vintage clothing stores in California long before the items they sold or used as displays in their stores were considered very fashionable, cool or even all that vintage.

The stores were intentionally opened in the areas where the fun and fabulous lived and played: San Francisco, North Hollywood, Silverlake (L.A.), and 2 locations in Long Beach, CA, where I grew up.

The first store, J.C. Funkies, opened in 1973 on Long Beach Blvd. and Market St, in a now depressed area of Long Beach. It had heavy traffic from truckers and other blue collar workers who needed inexpensive Levi's and flannel shirts. It then closed to make way for a larger store, less than a block away, called Worn Out West. Worn Out West was a little bit of everything, Levi's, bomber jackets, hats, 50's ties, bowling shirts, women's house and party dresses from the 50's and 60's and suits from the 30's and 40's. It was the place to go when you needed that special item for halloween, everyday work clothes or that special vintage dress for an event.

In the mid and late 80’s as the AIDS crisis was hitting the gay community, two major earthquakes shook Northern and Southern California, a fire broke out in a warehouse... and as "Americana" seemed to become a number 1 export to Japan... selling Levi's, military jackets, suits and ties from the 40's and 50's inexpensively became obsolete. Worn Out West could no longer compete.

I have the most incredible memories from my vintage and completely unconventional childhood. From being ashamed that everything we sold was "worn and old", to in my teens, finally having that appreciation for the quality, style and endurance of the past. Not many people can say they took their naps on bales of Levi's, falling asleep to the hum of the sewing machine as Grandma made sure that every shirt or pair of pants we sold were mended to perfection... or had parties their parents never knew about while the store was closed; Lights turned out, music blaring as my girlfriends and I dressed up in tuxes and my guy friends in frilly and bustled dresses from the 1950's... It was an awesome time.

I don’t claim to know all there is to know about vintage... I consult blogs and google for most of my information. However I do know style, quality, form and fit. I date items from just a general knowledge ingrained in me from an early age.

Most of what you see here in my store, KaiserVonVintage, are remnants left over from the stores heyday, the things my mother, my siblings and I loved too much to part with... Until now. Enjoy.

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