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The Grove Vintage Clothing and Exchange
The End- Yucca Valley, CA

The Grove Vintage Clothing and Exchange

101 N Indian Hill Blvd
Claremont, CA 91711
PH:(909) 625-2380

I was strolling in historic Claremont village one lovely SoCal day and found this gem of a vintage shop called, The Grove Vintage. This place has a plethora of goodies for the vintage connoisseur – from sequin dresses to 80’s floral pants, handmade rings made from vintage earrings and hand-beaded Mary Frances purses. Let’s say you’re somewhat fatigued from all the overwhelming racks of clothing, there’s a comfy sitting area with 70’s era couches and a plasma TV in the back to take a breather.
What began as a burgeoning eBay business a couple years back, has become so popular, that owner-Donna Daniel needed to open up shop in Claremont. She chose the location because she felt it would be the perfect market. It was so perfect that due to the high-demand of her vintage pieces, she also brought on two of her friends, Kim and Rhonda, to sell their vintage and jewelry on consignment. They each bring their own “eye” to the shop; Donna is into the Anthopologie style, while Kim caters more to the street wear portion and Rhonda sells her handmade rings made from vintage earrings. Having grown up in the era of shoulder pads, scrunchies and sequins; Donna is still a die-hard fan of the 80’s. Which is probably why she has such a vast collection of 80’s (and 90’s) apparel. Visitors to The Grove Vintage will find very affordable pricing, as nothing is over $30, except for maybe five percent of the merchandise (like a jacket or dress). Every visit is bound to be another shopping adventure, as she brings in new wares all the time and tries to stay true to every season and trend. I can guarantee one thing, and that is: when you visit this quaint little Claremont store, you won’t leave empty-handed!

** Please Note: They moved! Check out their new location! **


1025 Studewood Street
Houston, Texas 77008
PH:(713) 864-3556
HOURS: CLOSED MONDAY/TUESDAY, Wed – Thu 11:00am- 5:00pm, Fri- Sat 11:00am- 6:00pm, Sun 12:00pm- 5:00pm

It’s ok to {heart} Houston” -boasts a best selling t-shirt that sits proudly on display at Hello-Lucky, a fun boutique located in Houston’s trendy Heights historic district. The boutique opened its doors back in January 2008 by Teresa O’Connor. O’Connor is a designer who not only sells her wares, but also embodies her Earthy aesthetic into her shop as well. “My goods are made from reclaimed fabrics, reclaimed leather, vintage finds, raw brass, mixed metals and American made t-shirt blanks. All my t-shirts are printed with water base ink by moi. I hand print cards and print on reclaimed western shirts, jackets etc.,” she explained. She is also a firm believer in showcasing brands that are American made, locally handmade and Fair Trade. She offers amazing and creative products from about twenty-five brands,including: Lisa Chow, Rene Cruz, Teresa O’Connor (Hello-Lucky), Melissa Bauman, Joann Park, Freddie Barrett, Anita Hassan, Rogelio Rendon Material, Elaine Bradford, Melissa Juvan, Martha Hernandez, Frances Trotter, Carole F Smith (aka McCheeks Mayhem), Tupelo Grease Co., Christine West, Chris Mahler, Angie’s Sweatshop, Monique Weston, Stephanie DeLeonardis, Ames Bros., US Rags, Vinca, Feto Soap, Monica Pope’s Text Tees.

I enjoyed my time peeking at all the treasures that are being sold at the shop and Teresa was very friendly and helpful. I loved the Monica Pope tees, as well as the wooden jewelry by Vinca, the “Lucky” necklace made from recycled license plates by Teresa O’Connor, jewelry created with antique found objects by Monique Weston and Stephanie DeLeonardis, cute little rings with vintage doll-size tea sets on them and some of the vintage knick-knacks that are lying around. Prices vary, from a $2 button to a $1,200 painting…but there’s something for any budget. Definitely stay in the loop on in-store trunk shows and other events via their Facebook page. Be sure to also check out her other online (only) shop- Hunter Gatherer!

heathermarie_033's Hello Lucky Boutique album on Photobucket

The End- Yucca Valley, CA

55872 29 Palms Hwy
Yucca Valley, CA 92284
HOURS: Mon-Sun: 11am- 5pm

Out in the middle of desert lies one of California’s hidden gems- the town of Yucca Valley (which is next to the famed Joshua Tree). On my most recent trip back to my beloved California, I had the opportunity to check out the area and the top “must-see” thing on my TO DO list was to visit The End. The End is a trendy and eclectic boutique owned by Kime Buzzelli, who just happened to be the wardrobe designer on (the modern) 90210 during seasons 2-5. She opened the space about two-and-a-half years ago in hopes of it becoming a social hub for meeting locals, desert travelers (hello Coachella!) and collaborating with creative artists and designers. I found out about her shop through her instagram, as she always posts new inventory and provides us with a glimpse into her rich bohemian lifestyle and obsession with funky vintage finds. So it was obvious that I had to check it out when I was in Cali. The boutique isn’t too hard to miss, with it’s brightly painted walls and a helpful sign on the sidewalk. Kime was not in the day I was visiting, however, I was warmly greeted by Jordan, who was just as kind and informative. Luckily, I was the only customer in the shop- so I was able to browse the racks with ease. Kime stocks amazingly dreamy vintage, Native American and one-of-a-kind vintage jewelry, as well as product from local artists. She gives us a more in-depth taste of what you can expect to find at her shop, “I love collecting one-of-a-kind vintage jewelry and clothing and things that tell a story or have a history. Something about things that were made by someone especially appeals to me. I carry jewelry by some local artists as well as woven wall hangings by All Roads Designs, art by Elena Stonaker, pottery, dream catchers and other magical things like geode gem & driftwood mobiles.There are also great deals on pieces by new designers like Opening Ceremony, Rag and Bone, Isabel Marant, DVF and more! The style is definitely eclectic and inspired by 60’s and 70’s glam and dreamy gypsies as well as 80’s and 90’s wild prints and florals.” It’s definitely a place where you can spend a couple hours playing dress-up (think Native American jewelry, beaded and fringed bags, crazy capes and avante garde kimonos, flower crowns…), chatting with the friendly staff creating the next big trend. Prices aren’t too shabby either, with $8 sunglasses to $300 vintage 70s wall hangings, and an average price of $28-38 for vintage and designer clothing.

If you are ever in the area around the first Saturday of the month, the local shops are starting to have late night gallery and shop openings- so be sure to support your local small businesses!

heathermarie_033's The End album on Photobucket

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