After straightening out WordPress’ forced theme change on me and reverting back to my very first one (not much for change, or re-adding all my fonts or widgets), I’m back again… I interviewed fellow Etsy seller and downtown Los Angeles vintage shop owner, Jaime Wong of Raggedy Threads about her shop and passion for vintage clothing, and learned of a new location opening this weekend!
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Jaime Wong, the owner of the hip downtown arts district vintage shop Raggedy Threads, answered a few questions about her shop and gave some insight to her passion for vintage clothing, treasure hunting, relating to her customers, and announced their second location opening this weekend, August 14, in Little Tokyo.
When and why did you start Raggedy Threads?
I have always had an obsession with antiques and rummaging. Even as a child, I would obsessively dig through drawers and of course kept me occupied for hours at end. Thus, finding out about Thrift / Antique stores and remembering the smell of old musty clothing- I loved it and loved the way it [clothing] was designed.
Raggedy Threads was started in the summer of 2002 in the city of Covina and nested there until 2007, when I decided it was time to grow a little out of the suburbs and into the city. It was the dream of mine to not have a costume type vintage store, or an outrageously overpriced store, but an affordable casual, everyday wear place where you can find original pieces that you wouldn’t see twice.
What types of vintage clothing can be found at your shop?
For ladies, men & kids:
As early as 1900s-1940s Victorian clothing & jewelry
60s-70s Hippie/ Bohemian tops & dresses
Early 80s – Softy Tees, tanks, and tops
Accessories- boots, bags, jewelry, hats, sunglasses
Pretty much anything that’s really special!
What makes Raggedy Threads unique?
We put a lot of care into the clothing and the customers. Everything is hand picked, washed & pressed. We also offer on the spot free alteration services in case you wanted a dress shorten or the sleeves taken in, and of course, if there’s a small tear, we will patch it for you! Everyone knows Vintage is not perfect but we try and make it perfect for you.
Who are your style influences and inspirations?
What is your favorite decade?
40s & 70s
What is your favorite vintage item?
Can I name more than one? 🙂
Owls, Toys, 70s Sheer India blouses & dresses, Intricate embroideries like bedouins, 40s Hungarian/ Romanian blouses, Concert Rock Tees, Distressed leather bags & shoes
What vintage trends do you see picking up for Fall?
Stripes, floral prints
Mixture of the 30s and the 80s Industrial Americana look
Any tips for vintage shoppers?
Be daring, try everything on! Have fun!
Where we can find you?
Arts District (826 E 3rd street) and coming soon August 14th, will open a second in Little Tokyo (330 E 2nd street) while slowly transiting out of the Arts District by the end of the year. By January, we will be permanently in Little Tokyo, in the Cultural Center, adjacent to Pinkberry
Shop online: http://www.etsy.com/shop/RaggedyThreads