Tag - Vintage Shop

Alex & Afton Vintedge – Tyler, TX
Debutante Clothing- Pomona, CA
Eado Vintage- Houston, TX

Alex & Afton Vintedge – Tyler, TX

Alex & Afton Vintedge

5304 Old Bullard Rd.
Tyler, TX 75703
PH:(903) 617-8933
HOURS: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 11-5pm

Alex & Afton Vintedge Vintage Shop

Deep in the heart of East Texas…in the bustling small city of Tyler, lies the only vintage shop in town- Alex & Afton Vintedge. It’s nestled in a converted old single-story home off Old Bullard Rd., complete with white picket fencing. It’s not hard to miss, as the signage is as clear as day and there are mannequins and other eclectic items on the porch, beckoning customers to come in.

Caitlin Brax is the shop owner and the shop’s Instagram model. She’s that bohemian spirited, cool gal who can easily also be your best friend. Her passion for vintage started when she was in high school. While living in Los Angeles, she worked at an upscale boutique. Her clients would always want what she was wearing (vintage). So that (and her love of working retail) got her creative entrepreneurial juices flowing and she opened up an Etsy shop.

Upon moving back to Texas, she made it a goal to never work for someone (at least in the town she was living in at the time). She gathered up her and her mother’s vintage collections and opened up a space in February 2012. The space outgrew itself and she opened the current location of Alex & Afton on November 1, 2013. She named the shop after her sister and her’s middle names. Her inventory includes pieces from the 1950’s to early 2000’s, however she personally prefers the 60s, 70s and some 90s (not so much the acid wash, but more like the minimal, Calvin Klein slip dresses 90s). The curated collection is meant to be non-costume-y, rather more ‘cool girl’-pieces that one can easily blend into their current wardrobe. “It’s easy, it’s cool…it’s not work,” Caitlin also refers to her buying aesthetic as a little rock n’ roll, some glam and some bohemian.

She also carries her mother’s Mod Melrose collection. The brand’s name is in homage to her grandmother- Jean Melrose. What started out with only caftans (and quickly sold out), has now expanded with jackets, tops, dresses and turbans. Her mother uses vintage patterns and fabrics whenever possible. The Mother-Daughter duo wants to “blow open any limitations that they had put on themselves for 2016” in terms of the brand. They also do custom orders!

So switching gears to the present, when I took a detour to Tyler to check out the shop (which I believe I heard about through Instagram awhile back). When I arrived, Caitlin showed me the ropes of the shop and told me to make myself at home (which is one thing I enjoy when I shop small/local shops). I still can’t get over the dressing room/lingerie section, which is housed in the home’s original 1950’s PINK BATHROOM, complete with built-in vanity (I mean come on, can the kitsch get any better?!). The curated selection of vintage is definitely very wearable for today’s consumer. Some goods offered that stuck out were: Kilim-esque Southwestern style accessories, caftans, a denim bar, cozy sweaters and knits, wall-hangings and various bric-a-brac. This is such a great little shop that I could probably hang out in for hours and chatting fashion and playing dress-up. So why not take a little detour to Tyler sometime…

Caitlin is extremely thankful for all the support that she’s gotten. “We know all of our customers by name and if we don’t, we get to know them. It’s like a beauty shop in here and that’s so important… You can come in here and make yourself at home… I love what I do and I’m so grateful that I can do it. I’m not a millionaire but I can pay my rent and that’s really all i need (and the occasional wine and dog food).”

Debutante Clothing- Pomona, CA

Debutante Clothing

351 S. Thomas Ave.
Pomona, CA 91766
PH:(909)235- 6462
HOURS: Tues- Sat 12-7pm

My dear friend and Vintagepreneurâ„¢- Sandra Mendoza, recently opened her first storefront- Debutante Clothing, in the heart of Downtown Pomona. She has been collecting vintage clothing from the 20s through the 90s for over twenty years. Eventually, her passion of hunting, finding and collecting vintage gems led her to start selling it online in 2005. Sandra mentions, “My passion for vintage glamour has led to me work on so many different aspects of vintage from selling to costume designers to writing for magazines. If it’s old and glamorous, I love it!”

Her new shop is housed in a registered historic building that was built in 1910. You enter through elegant old white French doors that once led into a reception area of a hotel that used to be above the shop. Debutante Clothing is more of a quaint boutique; with personable service, feminine black and pink decor and exceptional vintage. Multiple racks line the walls, while vintage accessories and other unique items lay strategically merchandised throughout the room. Sandra sells a variety of categories, ranging from some menswear to designer vintage and coveted lucite and metal handbags. She also sells some vintage-inspired pieces and a t-shirt of her own design that boasts: Lucite & Cherries & Leopard & Lipstick. I feel that she offers product that can fit practically any budget, yet the quality of everything is of the utmost highest standard. Most importantly, you can bet that when you shop at Debutante Clothing, not only are you getting amazing service from the owner (who is ridiculously knowledgeable about vintage), but you are also helping to support local and small businesses!

Check out Debutante Clothing on FACEBOOK, YELP and the WEBSITE.

Eado Vintage- Houston, TX

Eado Vintage
1123B Dumble St.
Houston, TX 77023
PH: (832)277-6570

East of Downtown (Houston) or “Eado” as it’s referred to, has just gotten a wonderful new addition to the neighborhood- Eado Vintage. The shop is located at the corner of Polk and Dumble Streets. The owner, Jennifer Rowland has always been a fan of fashion and appreciates the better quality that vintage has to offer. She had gone to Houston Community College to do fashion design, but found that it wasn’t going to pay the bills. She met up with a friend one day, who introduced {Jennifer} to the world of Etsy. Jennifer soon realized that having an Etsy and doing local markets was working for her, so she built a small 12′ x 8′ shop behind her house to aid in spreading out her growing inventory. It wasn’t soon after, when she decided to get the space where she is now and delve into being a brick-n-mortar.

Eado Vintage offers a large variety of clothing and accessories options for women, men and children. Jennifer has a great eye for bright and unique pieces, as well as designer (such as: Oscar de la Renta and Zandra Rhodes).

When asked about her aesthetic, she explained, “I worked at HCC fashion collection for a couple of years cataloging and repairs. I have some things from late 1800s to early 1900s, but mostly I have 40s through 80s. The 90s is a trend now but I don’t really consider it vintage. I do have few things 90s just because I came across them. I feel like I shop for a world market so I look for interesting design, unusual fabrics, great construction. May not be something I would wear but I can see somebody wearing it. I love great vintage designer clothing. I really appreciate the quality and craftsmanship of the older clothes. Made to last…”

So not only can you find incredible threads that no one else has, you can also find some cool home decor and fabrics as well. Prices vary, ranging from $5 to $1,250, so there’s something for everyone!

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