A Collector's Gene
As a child, I grew up going to antique stores with my parents. It would be our fun Sunday weekend. If I was lucky, I was able to pick out a children's book to take home and read. No surprise that also became a book worm (and children's librarian)!!!
With this upbringing, I would come to love and appreciate all things old. My father collected old books, furniture, and artwork. OK, also coins, stamps, and postcards. Wait, plates and bier mugs too. He inherited the Collector's g
Gene from his father. During WW2, my grandfather refused to join the Nazi party in Germany. He had to go into hiding, but still had to provide for his family. He made his hobby of collecting into a business by buying and trading antiques to keep his family fed. My papa would often tell the "big fish" story of the treasures that my Opa would trade for "nothing". That "nothing" being food for his family.
My mom's story of the Collector's Genes is a bit more humorous. She had a bachelor uncle, Kahree that would leave every morning with his cloth sack. He would walk up and down the streets and local parks looking for "treasure". She said that the family could spot Kahree because he always walked with his head down, looking for his "big fish". Now, Kahree of course would get hungry along the way, and being as resourceful as he was, he became "friends" with women along his routes. He would stop in and have breakfast and/or lunch, talk a little, and then continue on the hunt. The family would await Kahree's arrival for dinner. He would walk into the house, throw his treasures on the table and everyone would ooh, ahh, or laugh at what Kahree's finds for the day were. To this day, my mom always walks with her head down, looking for coins. She is the luckiest coin finder I know and even found $60 in the park once! I imagine Kahree has a smile above for every time a treasure is found.
Coming from these Collector's Genes, how could I not love things of old. My greatest obsession is vintage clothes and like many sellers, my personal collection from my teens grew out of control. From a friend's suggestion, I learned about selling online and in 1999 a business bloomed. I have been selling online since! Vintage shows began accepting vintage clothes as a collectable and I began selling at shows also. This has led to many wonderful friendships with other amazing sellers and customers!!!
I am based out of Chicago and Detroit. I also have a vintage trailer, A 1967 Fan, that has been converted into a vintage store. Let me know about any great shows in your area you would like jenstyle vintage to pop-up in!!!
One of the most important aspects of my business is that items come to the buyer ready to wear and/or use. I mend and clean all items so they are coming to you to be worn and loved. If you wear vintage, you know the quality is far superior to what is being produced today. Wearing vintage keeps our earth happy by keeping it away from landfills.
I hope you enjoy what you see. It was picked with great love for you. I appreciate feedback and especially love pictures of you in your vintage. I really hope you have a wonderful day and thanks so much for stopping by. You are Beautiful!!!
HI! I'm Jen and you could say I was born to collect. It's in my genes and there is just nothing I can do about it! Because of this, you have the chance to shop my vintage hoard of a collection (and this is just an itty-bitty, bit of it).
Ms. Mazie is chief protector of all vintage goods, especially if there is a warm ray of sunshine nearby.
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International customers: I'm sorry for the rise in shipping prices but the post office has raised international shipping prices like crazy!!! If there is a price difference over $2 for shipping, I will happily refund you the difference!