What is The RetroFab, Anyway?

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Hello, Fabulous Person Reading This Blog,

My name is Margot Potter and this is The RetroFab. Welcome to my virtual party!

37 years ago I stepped into my first thrift store. It was a tiny little shop run by a church off of the square in Marietta, Georgia. Years before that I found a treasure trove of vintage Barbie doll goodness at our elementary school flea market. Then there was The White Elephant, a rummage shop in Ardmore, PA where I found trinkets and treasures I gifted family members for Christmas. Oh, and the Bay Area golden age of thrifting?! Good times.

The truth is, I have been fascinated by other people’s discarded treasures for as long as I can recall.

We live in an age of planned obsolescence, fast fashion, and mass consumerism. It has led to a whole host of problems socially, morally, and environmentally. Not to be a Debbie Downer, but I’m trying to live more mindfully and buying things second hand helps me do that. I’m also trying to have less stuff, yet there’s so much great stuff out there wasting away in second hand stores and attics and flea market stalls. What if I took my years of experience and my passion for Urban Archeology and went on the hunt for treasures for other people? What if I defied the fast fashion, mass consumer mindset by buying and selling slow fashion, curated with an eye for vintage and vintage inspired design? What if I told the stories behind these things, the stories of visionaries, dreamers, artists, and hustlers? The people who defied convention, the people who made something from nothing?

What if, indeed?

I have no idea how this will go or where this might go or if it will go at all. That’s the thing about making it up, there are no guarantees.

I know some people will think, “I can just go to the thrift store myself.” YES! Yes, you can! Do it! I’m going to help you learn how to do it!

I know some people will think, “Ew, thrifted fashion?” Fret not, my pets, it’s clean, it’s repaired, it’s in new or like new or excellent condition. I’m taking the mystery and the hesitation out of buying second hand.

I know some people will poke around to see what I’m doing and think I’m crazy or weird or ill advised. It’s none of my business what other people think about me. Anyone who has dared to do the unexpected has faced the consternation of people around them who think them crazy for trying. I’ve never been one for following the rules, so why should I start now?

My vision is big, my resources are what they are and hopefully as this grows, they will continue to improve. I want to grow this big enough that I can share the beautiful handcrafted, upcycled art of my friends. I plan to launch an interview video podcast featuring the fascinating people I know who have all sorts of insight into making an unconventional life. I want to grow this big enough that I can hire people to help me so that I can focus on finding treasures and telling stories and not be bogged down in minutiae!

This is just the first small step in a big journey. Thank you for being a part of it. I don’t know where we’re going yet, but I do know that we’re going to have a lot of fun along the way!

Margot Potter