May 11, 2012
New Vintage Store Find: Nifty Thrifty Love
I have probably said this a million and one times but let me say it once more for those of you who may not have been listening: I absolutely love vintage clothing. I love owning pieces that no one else within a thousand mile radius will have. I love having bits of some sort of history hanging in my closet. I even love the process of digging through racks and racks of clothing, searching for something that catches my eye. However, there are times when one may want to skip that whole digging process and, instead, turn to other alternatives in order to satisfy all of one's vintage needs. This is where online vintage boutiques come into play. I have noticed a boom in the number of online vintage stores in the past year or so. I believe owning such a store is a great business venture for a college student wanting to slowly ease into the entrepreneurial world to embark on. Another thing I have probably said about a million and one times is that I have so much love for people who are balancing school with other endeavors.
Back in March, a friend of mine told me about an up and coming online vintage boutique called Nifty Thrifty Love (which just had its official online opening on April 28). I was extremely impressed by the clothing that this store offers and was excited to get in contact with the owner of the store, a lovely young lady named Ashley Harris (photoed below).
Please enjoy my mini interview with Ashley as we discuss her motivation for opening her own online vintage boutique, her plans for the future, and why she thinks you should shop vintage.
What inspired you to create Nifty Thrifty Love and how did the store come about?
I’m one of those people who love hanging out with their grandma and mine just happens to love hanging out at thrift shops. My grandma's love for thrift shops fueled my addiction and astonishment for them as well, and I decided to do something with it. I wanted to share the wonderful places you can shop around and the things you can find from places other than the mall and high priced stores. I created Nifty Thrifty Love for that purpose and made all of the items very affordable for any budget.
What are your future goals for yourself and your company?
First, I must finish school. Transferring from school to school has done a little damage, but I’ll be celebrating an associate’s degree from Montgomery College in May. After graduation I’m going to work towards a Bachelors Degree. Also, I’m going to aim to have a successful business and to eventually add my own designs/creations to Nifty Thrifty Love’s site. I’ve also taken up modeling and acting so I am aiming to become the best that I can be in those fields as well.
Why do you think people should shop vintage?
In today’s society where there’s a shortage in money, shopping vintage is very easy on the pockets. Not only is it economically friendly, in most cases vintage clothing is made with higher quality materials and greater precision compared to the clothing that is made today. When you shop vintage, you can also find clothing and other items from all different areas and time periods in the world, which is awesome!