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Kitty's Attic Shop


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About KittysAtticShop

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On Etsy since 2017

Three generations of clothing addicts.

My name is Gemma, the shop is based in Essex and Kitty’s Attic shop is inspired by my favourite woman in the world - my Nanna, affectionately named ‘Kitty’ by her Irish relatives.

“Jimma, you must come over and rummage through all these clothes I have lying around at home. I need to get rid of them.”

It was a beautiful bright day in the middle of summer 2012 and I was in between my second and third year of University. The door was on the latch for my arrival; I simultaneously walked in and knocked on the door to let her know I had arrived. I could hear movement upstairs and a faint “I’m up here!”. I followed the noise and hanging half out of the attic was my Nanna - an adorable 81-year-old Cork woman with extremely strong limbs - tossing down piles of clothes for me to sort through. A few hours later, after trying on what felt like hundreds of items, I left with a car full of pretty vintage clothes and a stomach full of Irish cooked breakfast (including Clonakilty black pudding of course). It was a satisfying day and I was pleasantly surprised by my Nanna’s habit of hoarding beautiful clothes from the 1940-80’s.
Most of the clothes she gave me belonged to her, but a lot of it were hand-me-ups and hand-me-downs from my Mum, my Aunt, her Mum, her Sisters in Ireland and so on. All the women in my family had been taking part in a trendy swap shop over the past 80 years, without even knowing it.

Kitty turned 89 years old this year (2020) and finally retired from her cleaning job (which she had been doing for 40+ years)! It’s only took a pandemic to get her to slow down... Saying that, she still walks around 3 miles everyday to keep fit. She loves helping me out with descriptions for my listings as she remembers all the styles from over the years.

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