Shop Gal Saturday Tales : A Shared Success

The saying goes that when one "woman succeeds we all succeed." Well in my case when one vintage gal succeeds we all succeed. This is the tale of such.......

As mentioned before being a vintage shop gal is filled with its highs and lows so therefore it's truly a blessing when God sends you a friend who is also a fellow vintage business owner to help you make sense of it all. Such was the case when I met my business bestie, Alana; owner of Mama's Coos Boutique, almost two years ago while vending at Eastern Market in Detroit MI. Witty with a caring spirit, we clicked instantly over our shared dream of eventually owning our own lil vintage storefront. The click was further cemented once we realized that our business's product mixes were complimentary. With me selling vintage shoes and her selling clothes, accessories and other stylish knick knacks. We went onto collaborate on numerous shopping events, go on a ton of gem hunting adventures together and excitedly became retail bootcampers together as students of Techtown's Retail Bootcamp, an entrepreneurial class aimed increase businesses within the city of Detroit. So needless to say excitement and pride are understatements when describing the emotions I felt yesterday as I stepped inside my business's bestie's storefront for the first time yesterday! 

Busy grand opening day!! So freaking happy that it was a packed house! $$$$

Busy grand opening day!! So freaking happy that it was a packed house! $$$$

During her grand opening party yesterday, as I browsed through all the store's one of a kind goodies and indulged in all the festivities (fyi the food served was absolutely delicious and the live musician was phenomenal!) I began to reflect on all the times I watched her pack, unpack and repack her truck for pop ups shops or how she woke up at sunrise to make it to an estate sale to pick or how she graciously connected with all her customers....and I just simply could not stop smiling (and I got a lil teary eyed lol) because in that very moment all her hard work and dedication was physically evident. Lana has always been my source of inspiration to keep pushing PSB Vintage to new heights but yesterday she gave me a surge like none other. Thank you bestie for continuously showing me the ropes in this vintage/ resale game and ultimately showing me that our dreams can be achieved if we give it all we got. Your win is my win. Happy Grand Opening Weekend! 

Vintage lovers united celebrating Mama's Coos! Joy, our loving customer (left), me (middle and Lana, owner of Mamas Coos (right)

Vintage lovers united celebrating Mama's Coos! Joy, our loving customer (left), me (middle and Lana, owner of Mamas Coos (right)

Mama Coo's Boutique is located at 1701 Trumbull Ave, Detroit MI 48216. Go visit and tell her Jas sent you! You will not leave disappointed! Trust me!

reBirthDay

Hello and Welcome

 

Im Jas, a Motown bred, Windy City living- cheese fry and froyo loving fashion history geek who also holds the titles as a happy wife, chic mother, fabulous daughter, awesome friend ( if I must say so myself )and last but not least the basis of this site, ladyboss of Pearled Shoebox Vintage.

Today is my business baby's 2nd birthday or shall I say reBirthday! But before I dive into the celebrations of the day I want to take it back to the start...Pearled Shoebox was this chic lil vintage & resale pop up store that I opened on this day back in 2014. At the time, PSB's product mix consisted only of shoes, handbags and a smidget of costume jewelry. I even coined a cute lil slogan to emphasize the shop's name "Where the shoes are the real gems".

During the past two years in business I've experienced highs, lows, delays, internal changes and just some real rough cringe worthy business owner blues that at one point  had me seriously debating on abandoning my dream business. ( No seriously, I completely ruined one particular date night by bursting out in tears thinking of my halted business ....talk about a buzzkill to a romantic evening of Japanese cuisine lol.) However despite the low moments, today I am excitedly choosing to press restart with a renewed focus, new outlook, new logo and new name (Well its the same name just an added word lol). I am happy to not only be adding vintage to the stores name but to also be adding clothing to our product mix! All of which will be from or inspired by my favorite style eras - 1940-1960s.  Which ultimately brings me to this wonderful blogging universe......

Regal Bombshell Vintage Dress :   Pearled Shoebox   ($65)

Regal Bombshell Vintage Dress : Pearled Shoebox ($65)

PSB Vintage's blog is first and foremost an outlet for me to find my voice, writing has always been the best method for me to effectively communicate without scrambling for words or stumbling over them completely nevertheless. (At times I can be a bit of a shy introverted extrovert.) Secondly its a place for me to dish all these dorky fashion history facts & oldie but goodies R&B lyrics I have stored in my head.  Thirdly, its a space that allows me to revel in all things glamorously vintage specifically black vintage glamour (Yes Im a true old soul indeed). Lastly, its a place for me to share my entrepreneurial journey as vintage shop gal and to showcase all the fabulous vintage fashions that are either in my shoppe or my vintage buddies' shops!

So ultimately I hope through this blog I can lend style inspo to the true retro loving gals out there and just build a community of vintage glam lovers. So please leave comments and lets chat! I look forward to connecting!

 

Happy reBirthday PSB Vintage....

 

Enjoy darlings,

 

xoxo 

 

Jassy Vintage Geek

Bear with me I'm still getting used to posing and being model-esque lol / Lipstick Printed Vintage Silk Scarf:   Pearled Shoebox  , $15

Bear with me I'm still getting used to posing and being model-esque lol / Lipstick Printed Vintage Silk Scarf: Pearled Shoebox, $15