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Since opening in 2007, Carrollton-based Vintage Martini has been a go-to haunt for Dallas-area vintage-clothes lovers. In advance of this weekend's Dallas Vintage Clothing and Jewelry Show, we caught up with the store's owner Ken Weber to find out his tips on just what it takes to shop the extravaganza.
For the uninitiated, tell us a little about your store.
We are the only vintage/designer resale consignment store in Dallas. We specialize in wearable vintage clothing, designer and couture vintage clothing and also new designer resale. We've been in business since 2007.
How many years have you been involved with the Dallas Vintage Clothing and Jewelry Show?
Since the beginning. It's wonderful to see how it has transitioned to what it is now.
As one of the vendors there, what specifically are you selling?
We will be bringing an assortment of vintage clothing and accessories from c.1910 to the 1990s. We have some great vintage Chanel suits and jewelry that we'll be bringing. We just purchased a fabulous collection of 1920s cloches [hats] that we also be exhibiting for purchase. Also, If any girls are looking for prom dresses, we have a great collection of 1950s formals that will be at the show!
Any tips for a first-timer at the event?
Plan on staying for a while! You can't buzz through a show like this. Everything in every booth is different, so you have take your time and go through the racks and shelves. You NEVER know when you'll find that perfect treasure! Also, when shopping, don't forget that things can be altered to fit. Just because it's slightly too big, doesn't mean it can't work!
Do people ever haggle with prices?
Not normally. But it never hurts to ask.