A Vintage shop is defined by the people working behind the scenes, constantly seeking out and hand-picking new items for their shop. So, as we’re gearing up for the fall edition of Vintage POP, we thought we’d sit down with a few of the collectors participating in the sale! With such charming, knowledgeable, and stylish sellers, we can’t wait to see what they bring to the racks!
New Wave Natives
Shopkeep: April Lea
“70s, 80s, and early 90s clothing and accessories with a rock and roll, grunge, or sometimes witchy vibe.”
Where are you from? What are you doing in Montreal?
Originally from Philadelphia. I have been living in Montreal and working as a photographer for the last 5 years.
How did you get started selling vintage?
I was sharing a studio with Audrey Cantwell from Tarantula Sisters and she had been selling vintage online as a way to supplement her income while starting out as a designer. It looked like a lot of fun. I loved thrifting and I had previous experience working with online retail stores. So I decided to give it a try since I had recently become fully freelance and found myself with lots of free time.
What do you think started the wave of vintage obsession?
The desire to look unique and break away from the monotony of disposable trendy clothing. Also the availability of so many online vintage shops and the convenience of shopping from home definitely helped.
What era do you draw the most inspiration from?
The 90s, from grunge to goth.
What makes vintage beautiful to you?
The uniqueness and ability for someone to incorporate a piece into their own personal style.
What’s the biggest challenge to selling online?
Getting used to the higher prices and fewer options offered by Canada Post versus USPS.
What’s your favourite thing about pop-up sales?
Meeting the other local vintage sellers and getting to shop some myself.
New Wave Natives will be at Vintage POP, Sept 5-9th. Visit the pop-up shop at 19 Prince-Arthur West for 5 days only! Open daily at noon. More details.