KaiserVonVintage

Clothing and Home Goods for the Vintage Lifestyle...

California City, California · 1193 Sales

KaiserVonVintage

Clothing and Home Goods for the Vintage Lifestyle...

California City, California 1193 Sales On Etsy since 2010

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Last updated on Dec 30, 2016

Thank you for visiting KaiserVonVintage!
Cards and Colored Tissue are now available for gifting! Just leave us a note with the message for your gift card. And of course, just convo if you have any questions... Cheers!

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Everyday Vintage For Your Vintage Lifestyle...

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 display in their stores were considered very fashionable, cool or even all that vintage.

The stores were intentionally opened in heavily gay populated areas: San Francisco, North Hollywood, Silverlake, 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. It then closed to make way for a larger store, less than a block away, called Worn Out West. Worn Out West has survived through the years with owners that apparently admired the original stores as I’ve seen a few very similar reincarnations: One off of Melrose (LA) and another in San Francisco (no longer vintage).

Through the years I had many "uncles" in my life-I think you know what I'm talking about here- and they also branched off to open their own fabulous vintage clothing stores: Funky and Damn Near New (or Funnyandamderdoo, as I called it when I was little) in La Puente, CA and Ragtime Cowboy in North Hollywood, CA. Unfortunately, these stores no longer exist.

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 most times 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. My mom and my uncle have a fabulous sense of style and amazing taste. I only sell the things I love.

Most of what you see here in my store, KaiserVonVintage, are remnants left over from Worn Out West’s heyday, things collected from estate sales and thrift stores, but all in all, the things my mother, my siblings and I loved too much to part with... Until now. Enjoy.

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