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Hidden Gems: Meet Crystal Gitchell of Marchioness Vintage

Today we’d like to introduce you to Crystal Gitchell .

Hi Crystal, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
I came up with the idea for Marchioness Vintage during the lull of the pandemic. I bought vintage from sellers regularly and started finding pieces on my own. I love the thrill of the hunt when sourcing older items, and I started this business to feed my hobby. In my first year as a business owner, I learned that networking is key. There are a lot of folks out there willing to help if you ask and put yourself out there. My inventory is getting better and better through my networking contacts.

We all face challenges, but looking back, would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
There have been some growing pains. Vintage is a very broad term and is defined as clothes that are more than 20 years old. I have been experimenting with various product lines to see what interests people. I find myself returning to what I like, which is very femme, pre-1980s pieces. I am also trying to figure out how to let the LGBTQIA+ community that my shop is a safe space. I always seek feedback on how my business can be more inclusive. It takes a village to get a small business off the ground. I have found that the vintage seller community has been incredibly welcoming to me as a newcomer and has been a wealth of information and inspiration.

Appreciate you sharing that. What should we know about Marchioness Vintage?
Marchioness Vintage specializes in garments from the 1940s-1980s. The primary focus of the shop is femme with a touch of kitsch. Wild patterns, a rainbow selection of colors, and unique clothing construction are what we thrive on. We offer online shopping and in-person pop-up shops in select east coast cities. We also offer styling services for special occasions like formals, wedding parties, and retro-themed events.

What’s next?
I look forward to growing the business and having my daughter more involved as she ages. This has been a fun experience for the whole family. I am in the thick of learning how to restore fabric through various laundry techniques. Hopefully, next year I will be taking some sewing classes to make repairs to garments that need a little more work to be saved.

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Images were all taken by me

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