It’s true. After years of saying, ‘I’m not a re-seller, I just show people where to find great deals,’ I’ve traded in my role as a blogger and city planning consultant to open up two Etsy shops. My first shop, opened late last year is called “Faith and Mercy” in honor of two of my female Welsh ancestors, a lace-maker and an upholsterer – the “makers” of their day. I loved their names so much I named my first shop after them. Plus, these days, we all need a little faith and mercy, wouldn’t ya say? Click here to visit my site, Faith and Mercy.
So, I grabbed a wedding photo of my mom, Claire and made that my shop logo. And, Faith and Mercy was off and running offering vintage and antique bridal gowns. And, here’s why:
***It’s all because I didn’t want to be a marshmallow puff***
It all started when I got engaged. As I tried on bridal dresses, I noticed that none of them had the simple, elegant design that I was seeking. And most of them made me feel like an overgrown marshmallow puff. They just weren’t ‘me.’ Then, one day, as I was wandering around the Salvation Army Thrift Store in downtown San Diego, I happened upon a rack of gorgeous vintage bridal gowns from the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. I couldn’t believe my eyes! These were the unique designs that I had longed to get married in ~ each one a more amazing work of art than the next. I grabbed a gorgeous white velvet gown from the 1960’s and happily traipsed down the middle aisle.
It was this experience that prompted me to open a vintage bridal salon, as I heard from other women that they desired a more unique look on their wedding day, too.
Now, living in the beautiful San Francisco Bay Area, my passion for vintage has gone into overdrive, and although I dipped my toe into Etsy in 2010, it was not until the end of 2016 that I finally decided to take the plunge and officially open up a store to offer vintage items for your wedding day and everyday.
There is so much to explore here in the Bay Area, especially the amazing thrift stores and flea markets! I even started a thrift store project to set my sights on visiting every, single thrift store in the greater San Francisco Bay Area and decided to blog about my adventures. Thus the website Thrift Store Junkies http://www.thriftstorejunkies.com was born. You can read my interview by the New York Times affiliate The Bay Citizen on my website (see link below).
P.S. That’s my Mom, Claire, in my wedding photo logo. Wasn’t she gorgeous? She’s wearing her sister’s hand-me-down wedding dress. It was just after the war and people were very resourceful back then.
My concept was to offer unique, simple and elegant bridal gowns to brides seeking alternative wedding wear and my site started to get a lot of attention. Gradually, I began adding other items intermingled with the wedding dresses, but really felt that the dresses and veils needed their own, separate venue. So, I opened up my second store in January of 2017 called “A State of the Union.” That’s where I’ve moved most of my vintage and antique wedding dresses and accessories. The dress pictured above has already been sold and has found a new home in Portland, Oregon.
I’m so excited to be able to help brides to be who are seeking alternatives to the bridal industry and who don’t want to look like a marshmallow puff on their wedding day, either. Maybe you’d rather wear a Mexican Wedding Dress or a slip dress on your wedding day? Well, now you can. Here’s a sneak peek at some of the other items offered in my newest Etsy shop. And, please stop by and see what other vintage wedding wear is waiting for you there.
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