WEST CHESTER, Pa. (CBS) – Are you a big fan of old school products like retro clothing and accessories? In this week’s Open for Business segment, Vittoria Woodill heads to West Chester to visit Malena’s Vintage Boutique – and when you step in, it’s like a trip back in time.
In the center of West Chester is a dear shop dedicated to groovies, girly and glittery things that people pass on so you can keep them for years to come.
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“We get 16-year-olds going to the dance who want to be a little different, 40- and 50-year-olds who want to find nostalgic jewelry, 60-year-olds have been collecting certain jewelry for the past 30 years. So it’s fun for us too to get all the different age groups involved, ”said owner Malena Martinez.
At Malena’s Vintage Boutique, this is a color-coded collection of clothing and accessories from a time when you loved or wanted to live.
Malena’s specializes in merchandise from the 1880s to 1980s.
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While there are plenty of designer stickers, the range is on offer from top dollars to a few dollars.
Martinez opened her store 18 years ago, but her vintage collection began when she was a young girl.
“I started collecting when I was 12-13 years old. I just loved the romance of the vintage, ”Martinez said.
“The most incredible thing I’ve ever found is a pleated Fortune dress, of which there are a limited number in the world, no one knows how he created that pleat system,” Martinez said.
He says he found the dress at auction “in a wire hanger, basically a garage.”
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