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Jan 11, 2013

by VeraVague

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Here comes the big reveal… though we’re known on the Internet (and to some friends and family) as Vera and Victor, our given names are actually Anastasia and Eric. We own and operate a vintage boutique called Vera Vague with a focus on the Victorian, Edwardian and Art Deco periods, but we have items from just about every era. We live in a little-city/big-town called Kalamazoo – yes, we really do!

We do what we do because it incorporates all of our loves: history, art, design, fashion, photography, and preservation of the past. We’re like archaeologists of style. Honestly, Etsy has changed the course of our lives. We now have a venue that didn’t previously exist – one where we can combine all the things we love (and love doing), and a global audience to interact with. We’ve been introduced to people from all over the world that we otherwise never would have been able to know, and our lives have been enriched by these experiences. We now have good friends in Italy, Australia, Canada, Germany, and Japan, to name a few. Recently, we even sold a dress to Taylor Swift (see here)! We feel incredibly lucky, and incredibly humbled.

We’ve got our work process down to a well-oiled machine. We have photo shoots every other day or so. Eric is the photographer and I’m the primary model. After shoots, I edit photos until my eyes cross and then post sneak peeks on our blog. On days we’re not having a photo shoot, Eric wraps items to be shipped while I respond to customer inquiries, list new items, and do general computer stuff. Eric also handles a great deal of repairs, cleaning, and general maintenance of our inventory. He’s pretty savvy with a sewing needle! We both spend a lot of time prepping and steaming items before and during shoots.

When we have a little free time, I enjoy sewing my own clothing and Eric works with analog film photography in his recently constructed dark room. We love taking road trips that end in impromptu photo shoots, like the one we took to the Badlands (which was shot just after we saw a piece of satellite fall from outer space – true story!)

The story of our favorite finds actually started on a road trip. We were driving along a mountain road in Colorado at sunset back in September 2011, miles from anything, with no idea where we were going to stay that night. When we finally happened upon the sleepy, old-timey mining town of Victor (!) we took it as a sign, and ended up staying in the beautiful historic Victor Hotel. The next morning, we were browsing an antique shop down the road when a woman wandered in. Somehow we got to talking, and she told us she had just bought the old brothel building down the road, along with everything that was left in it. This included the previous owners’ wardrobe from the 1930s, which she was looking to get rid of. We followed her directly over to the building (which still had the original red wallpaper, albeit peeling) and found racks of disheveled antique clothing. We had to bring quite a few of the garments back from the dead, but if we can save an antique piece of art from the landfill, then it’s a solid day’s work.

When you see the hand stitching on a gown made by someone 50 or 100 years ago, it’s like reaching through time and looking over that person’s shoulder as they sew the cloth. Some garments exude otherworldly energy, as if a piece of the previous owner still lingers in the threads. We love that in our society of mass-produced goods, so many people are beginning to revert back to a handmade mentality. Maybe one day the clothes we make in our spare time will be appreciated in the same way we appreciate the homemade items of yore.

All photographs by Vera Vague.

Featured Shop Archive

Antique Beaded Fringe Purse
Antique Beaded Fringe Purse
VeraVague
$110.00 USD
1920s Organza Dress in Yellow
1920s Organza Dress in Yellow
VeraVague
$183.00 USD
1920s Lace Flapper Dress
1920s Lace Flapper Dress
VeraVague
$330.00 USD
Pink Night Gown . Vintage Lingerie
Pink Night Gown . Vintage Lingerie
VeraVague
$90.00 USD
Plus Size Pink Lace Dress
Plus Size Pink Lace Dress
VeraVague
$103.00 USD
60s Black & Bling Dress POCKETS . LBD Faux Diamonds
60s Black & Bling Dress POCKETS . LBD Faux Diamonds
VeraVague
$134.00 USD
Antique Leather Shoes . High Heels . Gold
Antique Leather Shoes . High Heels . Gold
VeraVague
$204.00 USD
Antique Black Silk Lace Fur Beaded Gown !
Antique Black Silk Lace Fur Beaded Gown !
VeraVague
$393.00 USD
Vintage Cropped Fur Coat
Vintage Cropped Fur Coat
VeraVague
$225.00 USD
Vintage Luxe Fur Coat Bakelite Buttons
Vintage Luxe Fur Coat Bakelite Buttons
VeraVague
$213.00 USD
1950s SHARKSKIN Dress . Vintage Gold Taffeta Cocktail Gown
1950s SHARKSKIN Dress . Vintage Gold Taffeta Cocktail Gown
VeraVague
$233.00 USD
Vintage Cotton Applique Dress POCKETS & Belt
Vintage Cotton Applique Dress POCKETS & Belt
VeraVague
$95.00 USD
Colorful Village Print Circle Skirt
Colorful Village Print Circle Skirt
VeraVague
$90.00 USD
PUB BAR Skirt & Tunic Top . Vintage 2pc Set
PUB BAR Skirt & Tunic Top . Vintage 2pc Set
VeraVague
$133.00 USD
Striped Bell Bottom Pants . 1970s Slacks
Striped Bell Bottom Pants . 1970s Slacks
VeraVague
$77.00 USD
Vintage Orange Suede Hat
Vintage Orange Suede Hat
VeraVague
$74.00 USD
1960s Swim Suit .  Blue Knit One Piece . BEACH Wear
1960s Swim Suit . Blue Knit One Piece . BEACH Wear
VeraVague
$75.00 USD
Multi Color 60s Dress . Abstract Print
Multi Color 60s Dress . Abstract Print
VeraVague
$95.00 USD
Plaid Dress with Sash . Handmade Vintage
Plaid Dress with Sash . Handmade Vintage
VeraVague
$83.00 USD
Suede Color Block Vest . 70s
Suede Color Block Vest . 70s
VeraVague
$74.00 USD
Vintage Army Uniform Shirt
Vintage Army Uniform Shirt
VeraVague
$65.00 USD
Brocade LBD with Brooch Black Cocktail Dress
Brocade LBD with Brooch Black Cocktail Dress
VeraVague
$123.00 USD
Tropical Tunic Top . Vintage Over Shirt
Tropical Tunic Top . Vintage Over Shirt
VeraVague
$94.00 USD
1940s Green Shimmer Dress
1940s Green Shimmer Dress
VeraVague
$95.00 USD
Blue Bow Hat Velveteen
Blue Bow Hat Velveteen
VeraVague
$65.00 USD
1800s 2pc Set Victorian Grey Suit
1800s 2pc Set Victorian Grey Suit
VeraVague
$465.00 USD
1920s Sheer Lace dress
1920s Sheer Lace dress
VeraVague
$380.00 USD
Yellow Faux Diamond Floral Dress
Yellow Faux Diamond Floral Dress
VeraVague
$113.00 USD
1940s Illusion Neck LBD
1940s Illusion Neck LBD
VeraVague
$225.00 USD
1960s Mini Dress with Flower Brooch
1960s Mini Dress with Flower Brooch
VeraVague
$95.00 USD
Amazing Antique Jacket Top Shirt
Amazing Antique Jacket Top Shirt
VeraVague
$325.00 USD
1950s Plaid Dress . Blue Shimmer Frock
1950s Plaid Dress . Blue Shimmer Frock
VeraVague
$125.00 USD
WOW 1940s Beaded Velvet Dress & Jacket
WOW 1940s Beaded Velvet Dress & Jacket
VeraVague
$280.00 USD
1950s Taffeta & Pearls Dress
1950s Taffeta & Pearls Dress
VeraVague
$115.00 USD
Antique Navy Wool Swim Suit
Antique Navy Wool Swim Suit
VeraVague
$180.00 USD
Blue Knit Dress  Illusion Neck
Blue Knit Dress Illusion Neck
VeraVague
$195.00 USD
Navy Taffeta Gown . Mid Century Cocktail Dress
Navy Taffeta Gown . Mid Century Cocktail Dress
VeraVague
$180.00 USD
1920s Lace Dress FLAPPER GOWN
1920s Lace Dress FLAPPER GOWN
VeraVague
$250.00 USD
Vintage Wool Pants . Red Green Plaid LARGE
Vintage Wool Pants . Red Green Plaid LARGE
VeraVague
$145.00 USD
Victorian Double Sided Cape. 1800s Reversible Outer Wear
Victorian Double Sided Cape. 1800s Reversible Outer Wear
VeraVague
$125.00 USD
Vintage Leopard Print Hat
Vintage Leopard Print Hat
VeraVague
$65.00 USD
1930s Sheer Wedding Dress
1930s Sheer Wedding Dress
VeraVague
$394.00 USD
Lace & Satin Dress . Strapless Gown
Lace & Satin Dress . Strapless Gown
VeraVague
$133.00 USD
1960s Bell Cuff LBD Black Cocktail Dress
1960s Bell Cuff LBD Black Cocktail Dress
VeraVague
$143.00 USD
1910s Edwardian Blouse & Skirt Set
1910s Edwardian Blouse & Skirt Set
VeraVague
$358.00 USD
Beaded Victorian Top 1800s Blouse
Beaded Victorian Top 1800s Blouse
VeraVague
$222.00 USD
Victorian Suede Boots Calf Length
Victorian Suede Boots Calf Length
VeraVague
$259.00 USD
1800s Victorian Top . Antique Blouse
1800s Victorian Top . Antique Blouse
VeraVague
$292.00 USD
Vintage Wide Brim Green Velveteen Hat w. Ribbon
Vintage Wide Brim Green Velveteen Hat w. Ribbon
VeraVague
$75.00 USD
Satin 2Piece Night Gown Robe
Satin 2Piece Night Gown Robe
VeraVague
$154.00 USD
Party Dress 2pc Bolero and Gown
Party Dress 2pc Bolero and Gown
VeraVague
$118.00 USD
Purple Mid Century Day Dress Lace Neck
Purple Mid Century Day Dress Lace Neck
VeraVague
$134.00 USD
Top & Skirt Matching Floral Print SMALL
Top & Skirt Matching Floral Print SMALL
VeraVague
$138.00 USD
Antique Paper Flower Hat
Antique Paper Flower Hat
VeraVague
$193.00 USD
Ice Blue Taffeta Dress . Vintage Formal Wear
Ice Blue Taffeta Dress . Vintage Formal Wear
VeraVague
$100.00 USD
Antique Beaded Purse Octagon
Antique Beaded Purse Octagon
VeraVague
$90.00 USD
1920s Cloche Hat . Black Velveteen
1920s Cloche Hat . Black Velveteen
VeraVague
$173.00 USD
Brown Pin Stripe Dress . Shirtwaist
Brown Pin Stripe Dress . Shirtwaist
VeraVague
$95.00 USD
Antique White Ruffle Dress
Antique White Ruffle Dress
VeraVague
$244.00 USD
Taffeta Dress in Brown with Ruching
Taffeta Dress in Brown with Ruching
VeraVague
$115.00 USD

303 comments

  • LivingVintage

    LivingVintage from LivingVintage said 7 years ago

    Love, love your shop and fashions! Impossible to get that level of detailed sewing today, except in expensive couture fashion.

  • ShopClementine

    Cassie from ShopClementine said 7 years ago

    Congrats to both of you on this much-deserved feature! I've long admired your style and aesthetic and I'm pretty psyched to hear there's a guy holding the needle and thread :)

  • MegansMenagerie

    Megan from MegansMenagerie said 7 years ago

    Your shop is stunning! Beautiful! Congrats on the feature!!! =)

  • silviaberrios1

    Silvia Berrios from DesignsbySilvia said 7 years ago

    Vera, Victor congrats on FS. Your shop is amazing, I also love the stories about your adventures on the road.

  • unastigsdottir

    Una Stigsdottir from Unaberries said 7 years ago

    Wicked! your shop is great. Congratulations on the feature. Love from Iceland.

  • DecadesOfVintage

    DecadesOfVintage from DecadesOfVintage said 7 years ago

    what a fabulous collection. your work has it all: style, color, form, and beauty.

  • MissLucyA

    Lucy Ashby from bylucy said 7 years ago

    I love the way you talk about your work! Great shop, congrats on the feature.

  • birdhouseaccents

    birdhouseaccents from birdhouseaccents said 7 years ago

    Congrats

  • AtomicAttic

    Miles and Aimee Harrison from AtomicAttic said 7 years ago

    Love yesterday.

  • gescate

    Gino Escate from Gygante said 7 years ago

    Congrats! Great work!

  • ulovejewelry

    Universal Love Jewelry from ULoveJewelry said 7 years ago

    Love the attention to detail. Awesome working couple! Great post!

  • elizabethtumasz

    Bette Tumasz from WildernessWear said 7 years ago

    To fullfill a dream it takes orgnaization and hard work combined with super vision and talent and I love your shop ...this is such a fantastic read and a perfect inspiration..thanks and Congrats, Best Wishes, Bette

  • mlezcano

    Mary Lezcano from BellaBboutique said 7 years ago

    Love the styles in your shop! Amazing finds, congratulations on the feature!

  • sabiesabi

    sabina from sabiesabi said 7 years ago

    Your shop is amazing. Congrats! :)

  • byjodi

    byjodi from byjodi said 7 years ago

    Wooo hooo!!! So happy to see you guys here!!!!! What an awesome interview and peek into your world :-). Congrats on FS!!!

  • SeaGlassJournal

    Gary del Mar from SeaGlassJournal said 7 years ago

    Great story Anastasia and Eric! Love your choice of the time period. Congrats on the feature.

  • StopTheClock

    Tara from StopTheClock said 7 years ago

    Well deserved! Congratulations!

  • ThreeTreesBindery

    Michelle Skiba from ThreeTreesBindery said 7 years ago

    Yay! love, love love your shop & style. Huge Congrats!!!

  • TheWellingtonBoot

    Fern from TheWellingtonBoot said 7 years ago

    I watch the Jonathan Ross show all the time - awesome to know that that dress was from Etsy! Love it :)

  • blueridgewoodworking

    Gabe and Athena from BlueRidgeWoodworking said 7 years ago

    I love the whole story behind how you started. I actually got chills when reading about the brothel and all the clothes from the 30's. To imagine what was going on at that time. It is so great that you are bringing these items back to life and getting these great finds out into the world. Congrats on the feature and your one of a kind life!

  • RareRagsandTreasures

    RareRagsandTreasures from RareRagsandTreasures said 7 years ago

    Loved reading your story! Vintage treasures need more rescuers like you!

  • sliverofwoods

    Laurel from sliverofwoods said 7 years ago

    Congratulations! I was surprise to see you were featured...having thought Vera Vague would have long ago been featured!! Your shop is an inspiration to all! Wonderful presentations, great photography, terrific (historic) fashions. LOVE your shop! Best wishes to you both!

  • EdelweissPost

    Patrick from EdelweissPost said 7 years ago

    The important work of Vera & Victor is really one of vital resuscitation. This couple is not only rescuing works of art from the dustbins of history ~~ they use sewing machine, tape measure and camera like the Fairy Godmother's magic wand to bestow beautiful new life upon these precious antique pieces. I hope to emulate their efforts in my own shop, blowing off the dust of old stamps so these tiny squares of inked paper can once again add color and a sense of culture to our daily lives.

  • coolranchstudio

    caroline from ohchalet said 7 years ago

    yay! LOVED reading this. p.s. anastasia is a gorgeous name and really suits you perfectly.

  • Aristocrafts

    Aristocrafts from Aristocrafts said 7 years ago

    I would pretty much buy everything in your shop :)! I'm a huge fan of the Victorian and Edwardian eras so when I browse through your shop I'm like a child in a candy store. How I wish I could have taken a sneak peek into that 1930's wardrobe that got your shop started! Your story and vision are beautiful, thank you for sharing and congratulations on the feature!

  • lucentlampworks

    Brad Michael from lucentlampworks said 7 years ago

    Cheers guys! Great work...your shop is awesome! Brad

  • ThreeBarDGifts

    Monica from ThreeBarDGifts said 7 years ago

    Enjoyed reading your story! I must be exciting to find these wonderful garments and be able to give them a second life. Congrats on the feature and wishing you much success!

  • victoriaenglishcharm

    victoriaenglishcharm from VictoriaEnglishCharm said 7 years ago

    I love your shop, and this is a great insight into the people behind it! i wish you continued success!

  • ElisabethSpace

    Elisabeth Percival from ElisabethSpace said 7 years ago

    Style archaeologists...love that notion! Congrats on a beautiful shop and being Featured.

  • earlums

    earlums from Earlums said 7 years ago

    Great work! Congrats on the feature, its well deserved.

  • earlums

    earlums from Earlums said 7 years ago

    Great work! Congrats on the feature, its well deserved.

  • fredandlulu

    Anna Zerega from fredandlulu said 7 years ago

    OK! One of my favorite shops and One of my favorite interviews! So loved seeing a glimpse into your process and it's as if you speak from my soul. Such inspiration here! Much love, Anna

  • OuterKnits

    OuterKnits from OuterKnits said 7 years ago

    Congrats! Wonderful treasures.

  • mattyhandmadecrafts

    Matejka Max from NattyMatty said 7 years ago

    Love it! Congrats!!!

  • atticle

    Gavin said 7 years ago

    fabulous feature. this woman is all about good taste & style.

  • auldlangsyne1

    Kirk Kidz from auldlangsyne1 said 7 years ago

    Congrats on the feature! ~Krista

  • bellabonbon

    Danielle Easler from bellabonbon said 7 years ago

    What a beautifully written interview!

  • amoronia

    Demi from amoronia said 7 years ago

    Congrats you two!!!

  • malandanta Admin

    Ashley Tuccero said 7 years ago

    Love this shop! Congratulations, and you will always be Vera and Victor to me.

  • blackbirdtees

    Jody and Karl from blackbirdsupply said 7 years ago

    Yes!! I'm so thrilled for you guys. Congratulations!

  • BlueSquiggle

    Monique Flannagan from BlueSquiggle said 7 years ago

    Wow! Love all the LOOKS! You guys do have the photography down! Fabulous! Congrats on your feature!

  • Leatherworks4U

    Leatherworks4U from Leatherworks4U said 7 years ago

    I love everything about this feature! Your shop is simply amazing. Great inventory. Congratulations on the feature and continued success!!

  • kitschencabinet

    Laura and Jaime from KitschenCabinet said 7 years ago

    There are just not enough origin stories that start with the contents of a 1930's brothel. Seriously, love the interview, love the look into how they have divided up the work in the business, and love finding others who find magic on road trips!

  • treasurebooth

    Kelly from treasurebooth said 7 years ago

    Congrats to you both! What a wonderful shop and I especially appreciate your focus on Victorian and Edwardian pieces. Yay :) Now if I could just recruit my husband to help with my shop...

  • KanzashiHairFlowers

    Haylee Allison from CrystalFiligree said 7 years ago

    WOW! How did you make that starry collar!? Thank you for sharing your talent :) Congrats!

  • BottegaVintageMaison

    Chiara from BottegaVintageMaison said 7 years ago

    love love Vera Vague! Big congrats guys!

  • jamasters

    Jess Masters from RefinedRock said 7 years ago

    Cool shop!!

  • AlisaDesign

    Alisa from AlisaDesign said 7 years ago

    Amazing!

  • gilstrapdesigns

    Debra Gilstrap from gilstrapdesigns said 7 years ago

    Great interview and I just love all of your beautiful vintage finds!

  • BellaTuppy

    Penny from BellaTuppy said 7 years ago

    Finally! Ever since I discovered etsy VeraVague has been an inspiration and just a fun shop to look at. They are sincere about what they do and it shows!

  • MySelvagedLife

    Heather Torre from MySelvagedLife said 7 years ago

    your fabulousness is mind-boggling. Congratulations to you both!

  • BlueRoomGems

    Jen from BlueRoomGems said 7 years ago

    Fantastic feature!! Congratulations!

  • DOTTO

    NICOLE Dotto from DOTTO said 7 years ago

    fa-fa-fa-finallyyy! you guys! I am so daggone proud and seething with the kind of classy jealousy that only a true friend can have (right? right.) well done, my vagues.

  • frighten

    mari from frighten said 7 years ago

    Huge congrats, guys!

  • memckeen

    LovelySquid from LovelySquid said 7 years ago

    Congratulations on a well deserved feature! Thank you for sharing a peek into your lives.

  • saulebaltaa

    Liga from DIYDigitalStudio said 7 years ago

    Congrats!

  • annfrancis2

    Ann Francis said 7 years ago

    I'm so happy for you guys!!!!!!! Congrats! Much love!

  • auntjanecan

    Jane Priser from JanePriserArts said 7 years ago

    This is a wonderful read. I love this article and the clothing!

  • alphabulous

    alphabulous from alphabulous said 7 years ago

    Great article!

  • stonesartisanjewelry

    Christina from stonesartisanjewelry said 7 years ago

    A fascinating read. Makes me love Etsy all the more. Congratulations on the feature!

  • missvalscreations

    missvalscreations from missvalscreations said 7 years ago

    Your shop is amazing! I love that you bring new life to old, fabulous clothes! Congrats on your success.

  • vintageprintrevival

    Verónica from TheCuratorsPrints said 7 years ago

    Congrats to both on the feature! Wonderful shop!!!!!!!

  • thegetupvintage

    Hannah from thegetupvintage said 7 years ago

    Wonderful article! I am a huge admirer of your shop and wish you continuous success!! Congrats!

  • lunadleila

    lunadleila from BellaMiasCollection said 7 years ago

    I love everything I've purchased at Vera Vague! I wish you both continued success, you've earned it!

  • 5gardenias

    kathi roussel from 5gardenias said 7 years ago

    What a fabulous team you two make! I have been a fan from day 1 and adore your shop. Your eye for gorgeous vintage fashion and your fabulous photos work hand in hand to create a most captivating mood for each piece. I love the fact that each of you contributes to the total package. Such a well deserved feature!! Thanks for sharing your story!!

  • prairieoats

    prairieoats from prairieoats said 7 years ago

    Oh this is wonderful! I'm so glad you are here! Many many congrats!

  • Fianaturals

    Fianaturals from Fianaturals said 7 years ago

    Congratulations! I love this interview! Best wishes!Love

  • WingedWorld

    Vickie Moore from WingedWorld said 7 years ago

    Gorgeous items and what wonderful stories you have to sell about your rescues! It's wonderful to see a vintage seller featured.

  • LittleShopofCrochets

    Erin Druez from LittleShopofCrochets said 7 years ago

    I have long loved your shop and so am loving reading this interview. I think you need to take more road trips!! =) Wonderful story. I wish you lots of continued success.

  • KMalinka

    Natalia from KMalinkaVintage said 7 years ago

    Fabulous vintage shop! Great story! All the best Anastasia!

  • PruAtelier

    Jeanne B from PruAtelier said 7 years ago

    Congratulations on being featured! You have a terrific shop with terrific items...I know as I've used a couple in my treasuries!

  • ErinElsie

    Erin Blank from ErinElsie said 7 years ago

    An excellently curated assortment you have! It brings me joy that more and more people are cherishing true craftsmanship these days!

  • IRONSIDE

    Errin Ironside from IRONSIDE said 7 years ago

    SO happy for you two! you must be busting at the seams with excitement. I've been wondering for some time when you would be featured, and this seems like perfect timing. cheers to a new year with all the best of everything. You deserve this feature after all your hard work. everything from your approach to your execution is so admirable. so dang proud of you! and what a great magnetism the universe gave you to the brothel, so cool.

  • sabrosavintage

    Carrie Williams from sabrosavintage said 7 years ago

    so happy to see you all as featured sellers. have been a long-time fan of your shop and enjoyed reading about your process and perspective.

  • janewearjewelry

    janewearjewelry from janewearjewelry said 7 years ago

    LOVELY! Great shop guys!

  • irinisklavounou

    irini from IrinisWorld said 7 years ago

    Nice photos. .... It must be fun to dress up, you look wonderful in those clothes. In my job i pretty much wear rags all the time. ..... Cheers to you in Kalamazoo.

  • cookiestags

    Kimberly C from CoffeeStainedTags said 7 years ago

    What a great and really inspiring story! Your work is stunning- best wishes for continued success!!

  • Huismus

    Simone from Huismus said 7 years ago

    Fab to see you featured, congrats!

  • AScrappyLife

    AScrappyLife from AScrappyLife said 7 years ago

    Great shop! Congrats on the feature!

  • PixieFaceInc

    Pixie Face from PixieFaceInc said 7 years ago

    You two make a great pair! Congrats on the feature!

  • KindlingVintage

    Amanda from KindlingVintage said 7 years ago

    This has been a long time coming! Congratulations to the both of you and may you continue to have such success!

  • jessjamesjake

    jessjamesjake from jessjamesjake said 7 years ago

    You guys are the best! Congrats!!!!!!! xo, jess

  • mspege

    Peggy from mspege said 7 years ago

    I have also loved your shop for quite a while now ~ how lucky can he get to have a beautiful business partner model the clothing!

  • solocosmo

    Jessica Grundy from solocosmo said 7 years ago

    you really do have an amazing collection of vintage. I love all the dresses! Congrats on your feature!

  • Nakkashe

    Nakkashe from Nakkashe said 7 years ago

    Love your story ... Some pieces in your shop are amazing .. Congrats on Fs

  • Minxshop

    Minkie from RogueMinxClothing said 7 years ago

    Well deserved! So happy for you two! <3

  • ishopforquality

    A. English from GirlAccessories said 7 years ago

    Wow!! I love your styles! Congrats!

  • phydeauxdesigns

    Brenda from phydeauxdesigns said 7 years ago

    Oh yay! Talk about well deserved - and such an interesting peek into your life. Congratulations Vera and Victor, err, Anastasia and Eric!

  • RetroRevivalBoutique

    RetroRevivalBoutique from RetroRevivalBoutique said 7 years ago

    Epic fabulousness! :D

  • amabito

    Roberta from amabito said 7 years ago

    Congrats! and great work!

  • grayworksdesign

    grayworksdesign from grayworksdesign said 7 years ago

    Awesome. Long admired your shop. Congrats!

  • QueenofCuffs

    mary from QueenofCuffs said 7 years ago

    Style with a capital S - wow !!

  • ArtigianoJewelBox

    ArtigianoJewelBox from ArtigianoJewelBox said 7 years ago

    I'm thrilled to see this shop here! My very fav antique coat (victorian riding) came from this shop and I get raves continually on that piece. So, my many thanks to V&V for that, and my best recommendation for this shop. ;) Congrats on the feature.

  • hasincla

    hasincla from travelwanderings said 7 years ago

    What a wonderful way to reach into the past! I love that you are helping to give clothing the full life it was meant for. Quality can be appreciated to matter when you were born.

  • lessandmore

    lessandmore from lessandmore said 7 years ago

    Looove to see you here! congrats!!

  • carambas

    Maria from CarambasVintage said 7 years ago

    Well deserved feature! I really enjoyed reading your story. I am a big fan of your store. Congrats Vera and Victor :)

  • Xenotees

    Xenotees from Xenotees said 7 years ago

    What a great story! Congratulations to you both!

  • katlantis

    Marta from StellaLeeVintage said 7 years ago

    I'm so glad to see these two on the feature page! They were one of the first stores I came across when I joined Etsy a few years ago and I still enjoy seeing their gorgeous wares today.

  • marmamamma

    Marmen Raquin from FrenchAtticFinds said 7 years ago

    congratulations guys! It's always nice when Etsy features my favorite shops :) great story, reads just like your blog, which i love. I wish you many years of continued success <3

  • ThePattypanShop

    ThePattypanShop from ThePattypanShop said 7 years ago

    Great work!! Congrats!!!

  • andiespecialtysweets

    Jason and Andie from andiespecialtysweets said 7 years ago

    Yay, and finally!!! : ) Congratulations to a lovely couple and a shop that is a true treasure chest! Wishing you every blessing...ox, Andie

  • sonyarasi

    Sonya Rasi from sonyarasi said 7 years ago

    Beautiful shop! Congratulations!

  • ArtByKristin

    Kristin from CarriageOakCottage said 7 years ago

    beautiful story behind your shop.. beautiful work... what a lovely feature. Congrats!

  • Ainurcrochet

    Ainur KOKSAL from Ainurcrochet said 7 years ago

    Fabulous !! Congratulations !

  • SundayOwl

    Lisa from SundayOwl said 7 years ago

    You have such a lovely shop, so many beautiful finds. I wish you both many more wonderful adventures. Happy treasure hunting.

  • thefoxandthespoon

    Maria Stevenson from thefoxandthespoon said 7 years ago

    I'm a bit of a story gal. Love a good story behind anything - What a great interview! Congratulations!

  • monikamail

    monika burian from horsehairbijou said 7 years ago

    Congratulations!

  • joencyn

    joencyn from VintageHotline said 7 years ago

    Vera Vague...great shop...fabulous story...congrats! Cheers, Cynthia

  • becaruns

    becaruns from becaruns said 7 years ago

    absolutely love your shop and have for quite some time! Congrats on this amazing feature!!!

  • PoleStar

    Jennifer Juniper from PoleStar said 7 years ago

    Wonderful to see you featured here! Congratulations!

  • SoulRole

    Nancy Campbell from SoulRole said 7 years ago

    WOW WOW WOW!!! ANOTHER of my all time favorites featured this week!So cool to get a glimpse into your life.I have to live vicariously through you guys because finding vintage in Hawaii is nothing like the mainland.Your photos always feel like a movie still,or a secret glimpse into a past life.So happy to see you here!

  • VeraVague

    Vera and Victor Vague from VeraVague said 7 years ago

    My goodness, we're three shades of pink! Thank you So Much, everyone, for the amazing feedback! We're over the moon for you, too.

  • JaspersRomance

    Anna Buitendorp from ASplendidStory said 7 years ago

    Amazing story and beautiful shop! Congratulations!

  • KisforCalligraphy

    katy from KisforCalligraphy said 7 years ago

    Yipppppeeeee!!! Congratulations A & E! xo, Katy

  • odelae

    Erica E. from odelae said 7 years ago

    Hey you two! I've been smitten with your shop since the beginning, just the perfect pinch of mystery and passion wrapped up your vintage threads. And your shot in the Badlands! I grew up in the Dakotas and that rugged land is seriously epic territory that you captured to a T. Heck yes to a stunning feature!!!! Seems like you two have hit upon a tasty recipe for success and a beautiful, passionate way of being together. Thank you for unfolding a little of your love story;)

  • LaMeowVintage

    Regan from LaMeowVintage said 7 years ago

    About time this shop is featured. Congratulations!

  • LeMollusque

    Nikki Larson from LeMollusque said 7 years ago

    love seeing one of my favorite shops featured - congrats you two!

  • GinnyandHarriot

    Elizabeth Freeman Kelly from GinnyandHarriot said 7 years ago

    YAYAYAYAY!!!!! Congratulations you two!!!! So excited for you!

  • BootsNGus

    Jeff and Mark from BootsNGus said 7 years ago

    Congratulations!! We love you guys! From Michigan to the world!!

  • blueroompottery

    Marietta from blueroompottery said 7 years ago

    Love reading about you! I love your shop!! Congrats for the feature! Well deserved and long overdue!! xox

  • honeymoonmuse

    honeymoonmuse from honeymoonmuse said 7 years ago

    Amazing story! Love your shop, congratulations on the feature!

  • IlluminatedPerfume

    Roxana from IlluminatedPerfume said 7 years ago

    Congrats Anastasia and Eric, so happy to see you two featured here!!

  • veronicacarminati

    Veronica Carminati said 7 years ago

    Meraviglioso!

  • thewildplum

    Christina from TheWildPlum said 7 years ago

    "When you see the hand stitching on a gown made by someone 50 or 100 years ago, it’s like reaching through time and looking over that person’s shoulder as they sew the cloth. Some garments exude otherworldly energy, as if a piece of the previous owner still lingers in the threads. We love that in our society of mass-produced goods, so many people are beginning to revert back to a handmade mentality. Maybe one day the clothes we make in our spare time will be appreciated in the same way we appreciate the homemade items of yore." <==== This touched me and made me tear up! Y'all are smart, creative/talented, fabulous and deep. I have just fallen in love with you all over again. Congrats and wishes of continued success.

  • peacesofindigo

    Dawanna Young from peacesofindigo said 7 years ago

    Ah, I LOVED reading this interview. Your pictures are so beautiful. Congrats!!!

  • SewnNatural

    SewnNatural from SewnNatural said 7 years ago

    Oh I love love your shop - and what a beautiful interview! Browsing your shop is unbelievably fun, I do it all the time. It's great to see behind the scenes - congratulations! Way to go!

  • PeonyKnits

    Josie from PeonyKnits said 7 years ago

    Lovely story- Beautiful shop- Congratulations!!

  • BonTons

    BonTons from BonTons said 7 years ago

    Great story, thanks for sharing it

  • breema

    Maria from oblissjewellery said 7 years ago

    One of my favourite shops for sure! So lovely to have a sneak peak into your world.

  • bellusvanitas

    Bellus Vanitas from bellusvanitas said 7 years ago

    Ooooo just fabulous... So much love for you two;) Congrats again!!! Xo

  • MahoganyWayMama

    Darcel Harmon from TheMahoganyWay said 7 years ago

    Congratulations on the feature. I'm loving that riding hood coat.

  • shecological

    Sheila Clancy from SheilaForever said 7 years ago

    Congrats on the featured seller and a beautiful shop!

  • RenataandJonathan

    Renata and Jonathan from RenataandJonathan said 7 years ago

    We love your shop and style ! Congrats :)

  • havelovewilltravel

    Rebecca from havelovewilltravel said 7 years ago

    Yay! Vagues!! Always a one-to-watch vintage shop. When looking for the haunting, unique, and historic, yours is the place to be. So thrilled to see you featured here. Much, much deserved! xo-Rebecca

  • sewella

    Maya Kuzman from sewella said 7 years ago

    What a lovely story! But how come you came with "Vera" in the name? I love your shop!!

  • EmeraldCut

    Deanna from EmeraldCut said 7 years ago

    Your Edwardian and Art Deco pieces are literally the most unique, beautiful dresses I've seen on Etsy! Congrats on being a Featured Seller--truly deserved.

  • FrankieBs

    Joan from FrankieBs said 7 years ago

    What a fantastic shop! There is nothing like vintage style to set you apart from the everyday. Great article!

  • deepindigo

    Claudia Dominguez from deepindigo said 7 years ago

    Wow! Lovely story! Congratulations!!!

  • Fiume

    Erin O'Rourke from Aruguletta said 7 years ago

    Great photography & great story!

  • BeaconMills

    Patrick from BeaconMills said 7 years ago

    What fun! "Archaeologists of style" Love that tagline.

  • mvmayophotography

    Mary Mayo from MVMayoPhotography said 7 years ago

    Beautiful shop, beautiful you!

  • DeathByVintage

    Jypyse from DeathByVintage said 7 years ago

    You guys are meant to be together! You make a a great couple! xoxo jypsye

  • Springjuste

    Juste from BlueBirdLab said 7 years ago

    Congrats!!

  • Motleycouture

    Motleycouture from Motleycouture said 7 years ago

    Beautiful clothing! Great feature! Enjoyed reading every sentence!

  • quiettimejewelry

    Jenna Smith from QuietTimeJewelry said 7 years ago

    So cool! Love that your giving new life to old items:) Congrats to both of you!

  • MrsGingerandWasabi

    Marta DQ from tribomo said 7 years ago

    I love how you define yourselves as 'archaeologists of style'. You have an awesome shop, I can see your hard job and passion, congrats!

  • coralvintage

    coralvintage from coralvintage said 7 years ago

    Favorite interview hands down. Congratulations you guys, you are so deserving of this feature!

  • SassySisterVintage

    Kim Strozewski from SassySisterVintage said 7 years ago

    I've been wondering for a couple of years now when Vera Vague would be featured. They are so creative and unique. Probably my top vintage clothing shop for inspiration on Etsy. Super sweet people too!

  • guext65

    JW Lin from JWPersonalShop said 7 years ago

    So nice

  • finethreadz

    SharonH from FineThreadz said 7 years ago

    Wonderful features! Congrats!

  • bogARTstudiogallery

    Claudia Bogart from bogARTstudiogallery said 7 years ago

    You have the most awesome shop for fashion!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • BootsNGus

    Jeff and Mark from BootsNGus said 7 years ago

    Congratulations Vera! It is always great to see another Michigan business make it to the feature seller spot! All the best, Jeff and Mark

  • marisolfair

    Lisa Dean Kavanaugh from marisolfair said 7 years ago

    Oh, it is so much fun to 'meet' the people behind the storefront! I love your shop and your photography, it's always a treat. reading your interview is so wonderful and loved hearing about etsy and the life changes it has brought down your path~so inspiring! congratulation to the both of you, this is great feature:)

  • PattiTrostle

    Patti Trostle from PattiTrostle said 7 years ago

    Great article! Very inspiring!

  • amandadennison1977

    Amanda from ForestaVintage said 7 years ago

    Heart Kalamazoo! Way to keep Michigan in business...

  • 27thEmpireGallery

    Jesus C. from 27thEmpireGallery said 7 years ago

    CONGRATS ON YOUR COVER STORY!!

  • emwi

    Emily Wirt from emwi said 7 years ago

    Love your items. Really nice to see how you all run such a great fun business, and in Kalamazoo at that! Congrats on the feature. :)

  • thedustpeddler

    thedustpeddler from thedustpeddler said 7 years ago

    I've been waiting for this feature for years. Here it is. Three cheers and a double heel click!

  • ripecardsandjewelry

    Adriana from ripeshop said 7 years ago

    So very friggin awesome!!!! I LOVED seeing some of the behind the scenes and of course how much you love what you do - I admire vintage so much, and being able to offer such beautiful items to a new wearer is so wonderful, there is nothing like a well made and beautiful piece of clothing. Bravo!!!

  • lpei

    lpei from RedHawkAttic said 7 years ago

    Congratulations! You have a perfect shop and always such incredibly beautiful clothing in it... It's great to hear about people working with what they love best, and if that also makes awesome vintage more available to everyone, that much the better! Very happy to have you...

  • JessieArch

    Jessie Archambault from 1509Partridgeberry said 7 years ago

    It sounds like you live such enchanted lives! Really enjoyed reading your story. You have incredible finds in your shop. You are so right about bringing things from the past into the present and preserving them to continue to enjoy. The prints and designs of clothes from decades past are always so moving to me. Congrats on the feature!

  • almutkarl

    Valentina from MurmurOfTheHeart said 7 years ago

    I`m so happy for you! Though I must admit I had no clue you were so "underground". I always thought you were superstars :) Happy new year!

  • opendoorstudio

    Martha Layton Smith from opendoorstudio said 7 years ago

    I adore your shop! it is my " go to" when I am sharing examples of Etsy Vintage clothing perfection. Great back story and I always LOVE your photo locales! Thank you for sharing. Congrats to you both and one of the best shops on Etsy!

  • NestedYellow

    Anna Vasquez from NestedYellow said 7 years ago

    Beautiful selection and bit of history! It's so exciting to dress up in such beautiful garments with great details and wonder where it's been in times gone by. Congrats and best wishes!

  • Sudio143

    Susan Norwood from GreenleeAndVine said 7 years ago

    Wow! Beautiful shop!! Congratulations!

  • art4ear

    Deborah from art4ear said 7 years ago

    Great presentation and interesting article. Some of those women's dresses are timeless. Love it. Congratulations!

  • BarnshopAntiques

    Carol Bender from BarnshopAntiques said 7 years ago

    Congrats, what a wonderful life.

  • saskatoon

    saskatoon said 7 years ago

    I'll never be able to afford to buy, but VeraVague has always been my favorite Etsy store. Anastasia, you're a superb model ... playful, but always in the spirit of the era. Please don't stop doing what you do!

  • aschiffm

    Alana Schiffman from aschiffm said 7 years ago

    CONGRATS ON THE FEATURE! So happy to see you featured, I'm a huge fan / devotee as you know :)

  • swanscrossing

    Nafisa Azmi from SwansCrossing said 7 years ago

    Loved reading your story. Congratulations on the feature and best wishes!

  • lucysnowephotography

    Lucy Snowe from lucysnowephotography said 7 years ago

    Love your shop:) congrats!

  • mingtaphotography

    Mingta Li from mingtaphotography said 7 years ago

    Wow... Amazing works! Congrats!

  • carlstinevintage

    Kait from snowbeauty said 7 years ago

    haha this is awesome ! I always find good dresses from Vera to share on my blog. :D

  • sweetanddirtys

    sweetanddirtys from sweetanddirtys said 7 years ago

    You all have long been one of my favorite shops on here. .. so it is super awesome to see you all as FS! Many Congrats and much success to you guys!

  • ruthrawls

    Ruth Rawls from CatcatcherCorner said 7 years ago

    Congratulations! You make it look easy!

  • ThePolkadotMagpie

    Polkadot Magpie from ThePolkadotMagpie said 7 years ago

    Bravo! I like your "stage" names. You have such a great shop, and I am in love with your photographs. Well done. xo

  • GTDesigns

    renee and gerardo from GTDesigns said 7 years ago

    congrats V V - ! we've been fan-supporters for a while.... so well deserved!

  • InnerWild

    Flora from InnerWild said 7 years ago

    Such beautiful genius catches in my throat.

  • mette

    mette from mette said 7 years ago

    congratulations! surprised to see that you are just being featured now! finally :P love your shop!! x

  • judygovintage

    Judy from judygovintage said 7 years ago

    Leaping into history via fashion, slipping into a mood via photography, path finders marking the trails for vintage lovers!

  • WayOutWestVintage

    WayOutWestVintage from WayOutWestVintage said 7 years ago

    This is HANDS DOWN....THE BEST VINTAGE SHOP on Etsy!! (That I have seen so far, of course...) Fantastic work, just stunning....a true inspiration to other vintage sellers. I hope your amazing success continues.

  • GisieArt

    Giselle from MyArtAndFashion said 7 years ago

    congratulations on the feature! Nice shop. Thank you for sharing your story. Best wishes!!

  • aressa

    aressa from OriginalBridalHanger said 7 years ago

    Love your work....I keep reading these posts and really admire the work spaces people have....I wish mine were more like others that I see.....

  • bedouin

    Nicole from Crackerjackarma said 7 years ago

    Always a favorite your style is fresh and inspiring ~ The amount of work you contribute together says a lot and shows. Much success !

  • HabitatHandcrafted

    Megan Bark from HabitatHandcrafted said 7 years ago

    Thank you so much for sharing! I love your style and you clearly have amazing talent in your finds, photography, etc. Wish you two all the best!

  • Fabulize

    Fabulize from Fabulize said 7 years ago

    Wow! Beautiful. Wonderful work.

  • tamilopez

    Tami Lopez from TamiLopezDesigns said 7 years ago

    Great shop! Great feature!

  • thevicagirl

    VaLon Frandsen from thevicagirl said 7 years ago

    Oh how cool. You have some fun things in your store.

  • idestudiet

    Pia from idestudiet said 7 years ago

    Great feature! Thanks for sharing your story – totally love your shop!

  • butikonline83

    Hendri . from butikonline83 said 7 years ago

    Thanks for sharing...I love beets!

  • postmanlily

    sun li from lililililili said 7 years ago

    so wonderful! Really nice !

  • beadloverskorner

    Gari Anne from beadloverskorner said 7 years ago

    Congrats on the feature!! Love it and thanks so much for sharing a part of your story with us!!

  • kiamichi7

    kiamichi7 from kiamichi7 said 7 years ago

    Fellow Kalamazoo-ites! Your gorgeous shop has been a souce of enjoyment for sooo long. It's wonderful to hear your stories and watch you bring these abandoned beauties back to life. Perfect Featured Sellers!

  • ohhhlulu

    Sarah Elaine from ohhhlulu said 7 years ago

    This is my favourite vintage clothing shop on all of Etsy! I love the variety of pieces they carry, and they are so beautifully photographed. Congratulations on the feature! It is certainly well deserved

  • UrbanCottageStudio

    Mer Lisa from SeaCottageStudio said 7 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your inspiring story! Congratulations!! Love your shop!!

  • anderson2866

    Suzanne Anderson from SwanSongVintage1 said 7 years ago

    Congratulations on your well-deserved feature! It shows in your photos how well you work together! Your shop is a feast for the eyes, and an inspiration for fellow Etsians! Best of luck in the future too! xo Suzanne

  • DUEALBERI

    Antonia and Fabio from DUEALBERI said 7 years ago

    Congrats for the feature! We love your shop :)

  • christiannasoumakis

    Christianna Soumakis from ASongofAscents said 7 years ago

    Congratulations on the FS, the great shop, the fascinating fashion finds, and seeing a piece of outer-space stuff fall in the Badlands. Awesome!

  • gypsypt

    PT said 7 years ago

    congratulations on Featured Shop!...great pics!...happy for your success! PT..........200 comments!!!

  • LookAgainVintage

    Susan from LookAgainVintage said 7 years ago

    Love the shop and the story! Such an inspiration - you're the best of the best! Congratulations on a much deserved feature!

  • zoso551

    Julie DeLoach from zoso551 said 7 years ago

    I am sooo jealous! What fun it must be to restore these garments, and how satisfying it must be to know you have preserved history for future generations.

  • reets612

    Rita Scott from RitasGarden said 7 years ago

    What an awesome story and I love your shop! Congrats on being featured!

  • shouts1010

    Sandra from Pureandsimplevintage said 7 years ago

    Loved reading about you guys! Amazing finds!

  • 4EnvisioningVintage

    Tracy from 4EnvisioningVintage said 7 years ago

    Amazing shop, amazing work saving past articles of fabulousness! So happy to see a vintage shop featured :)

  • ProfessorTiny

    Susan Sanford from ProfessorTiny said 7 years ago

    Beautifully written piece, a great read. Thanks for sharing!

  • Iammie

    iammie from iammie said 7 years ago

    Beautiful works! Congrats on the feature!

  • classicretro

    Diane Hodson from ClassicRetro said 7 years ago

    YaY for Kalamazoo! Love to here nearly neighbors success stories! I'm in Ortonville, Small town between the two big bad cities... Adore your shop. I wish I could sew.

  • wildthingz

    Andrea from wildthingz said 7 years ago

    Lovely pieces! Great shop!

  • mellymelcreations

    Melissa from mellymelcreations said 7 years ago

    Love your shop!!!!!

  • cegibbons

    Candice from practicallyfrivolous said 7 years ago

    I absolutely love your shop and this feature is fantastic! Congratulations and much success to you!

  • beadsofaquarius

    Mouna Marini from beadsofaquarius said 7 years ago

    I love the story in Victor city ! very inspirational !! ;) congrats for the feature !

  • BetsyTacy117

    Cayla Collier from HandmadeByCayla said 7 years ago

    Vera Vague is my favorite vintage clothing shop on Etsy! It's just fabulous! It was great reading about you guys and your shop!

  • EarthsTrove

    Not Made In China Finds from NotMadeInChinaFinds said 7 years ago

    WOW how refreshing and feminine!

  • ArtDecoDame

    Desiree from ArtDecoDame said 7 years ago

    Congrats on the feature.Your shop is absolutely beautiful!

  • AkimaBotanicals

    Akima Morgan from AkimaBotanicals said 7 years ago

    A wonderfully unique story - your items are one of a kind, congrats! Your passion shows through in your shop!

  • aiseirigh

    Cat Shanahan from aiseirigh said 7 years ago

    YAY! Congrats on the feature! Lovely vintage finds and lovely tales from the hunt!! xoxo cat

  • NicoleNicoletta

    NicoleNicoletta from NicoleNicoletta said 7 years ago

    congrats, great shop!

  • ThatOldBlueHouse2

    Lisa S from ThatOldBlueHouse2 said 7 years ago

    Love your shop & share your philosophy & interests! Keep up the good work finding those treasures to preserve & share!

  • sasquatch68

    sasquatch68 said 7 years ago

    a stellar shop. great photography & ink. Some of the very best ~item descriptions ever~ A wedding dress haven! Big kudos!

  • audreyrosempls

    audreyrosempls from audreyrosempls said 7 years ago

    congrats!

  • VintageEclectica

    Maria from VintageEclectica said 7 years ago

    Great article and shop!!! Love the photography!!! Very professional :-)

  • SeasideRoseCreations

    Roselle from SeasideRoseCreations said 7 years ago

    Congrats! I have been a fan of yours since I joined Etsy. You are inspiring to say the least. Kudos for all your hard work recycling the past and rescuing such beauties! Warmly, Roselle

  • butteifulgirls

    Jess from ButteifulGirls said 7 years ago

    Absolutely wicked styling and the photos are to die for. I live in a town that was started by mining, Butte, Montana, there are so many artifacts (clothing and odds and ends) that are strongly coveted now. If only people realized what was discarded then would now be so in vogue. Thank you for sharing your finds with the world and not keeping them museumed up. Happy sales. Best, Jess

  • KASTina

    Kristina Ilickovic from Kastina said 7 years ago

    Congratulations, love your work.:))

  • HuellaHuella

    Fabiola Friedman from HuellaHuella said 7 years ago

    My goodness! I'm so glad to you featured! I've been drooling over your victorian pieces! Congrats to you both and much success ofcourse! :)

  • lorenabr

    Balea-Raitz from LorenasLaceDesigns said 7 years ago

    Wonderful article! You have a gorgeous shop!

  • jlivorsi

    Joe Livorsi from jlmetalsmith said 7 years ago

    Very inspiring!

  • Monicaj

    Monica from Monicaj said 7 years ago

    long time fan....big congratulations to both of you!!

  • yimmekedesign

    Diana from yimmekedesign said 7 years ago

    Favorited this shop a while ago as I was totally smitten with the love and dedication it showed for genuine vintage and pleasing the eye of the potential customer. Genuine is the word I would like to emphasize. Well deserved attention.

  • MarbleandMilkweed

    Briar Winters from MarbleandMilkweed said 7 years ago

    Congratulations on this wonderful feature, you two! And so richly-deserved. Warmest wishes to you!

  • felinesfelines

    Jessica Wilson from TheLovelorn said 7 years ago

    They're too clever for words and they have a great sense of style. I wish the best for them. :)

  • JelliesJewelry

    Jack Jellies from JelliesJewelry said 7 years ago

    Well done! Congratulations from Kalamazoo.

  • Luncheonettevintage

    Jana from Luncheonettevintage said 7 years ago

    you two are totally the coolest and among my very favorite vintage idols. super thrill. love your spirit too! xo from jana the head cook.

  • sofiatrinker

    Sofia Sanchez from Dedosen2 said 7 years ago

    Cute items!! Congrats on the feature!!!

  • TheSilverPlatter

    Denise from TheSilverPlatter said 7 years ago

    Beautiful clothes, beautiful style!

  • shellypsoulcircles

    Shelly Porter from ShellyPorterArtworks said 7 years ago

    Blown away by the artistry of your exquisite finds and photography. It truly makes your shop unique and a definite standout. What a wonderful article! Love hearing of your travels and your infamous clientele! I wish all the best for you both!

  • earthtastic

    Cassidy from earthtastic said 7 years ago

    What a beautiful interview. I'm in love with your process and attention to detail in your work. There really is nothing quite like handmade. Seeing the reflection of the person in the items created is something that is making a powerful come back. Stunning clothing! Congrats!

  • daphnetal

    daphne from DaphneArtJewelry said 7 years ago

    Inspiring, beautiful work & beautiful people!!! good luck !!!

  • katrinaalana

    Katrina Alana from KatrinaAlana said 7 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your process. You pieces are gorgeous!

  • LilyBankButtonry

    LD from LilyBankButtonry said 7 years ago

    Great feature story...thanks for sharing! So many adore "nostalgic" fashion and your shop is wonderful. I have the same goal in my shop...to rescue fabulous pieces of fashion history (buttons)...so your story is quite inspiring :) Loved it!

  • gotowrist

    Camel Lee from gotowrist said 7 years ago

    very nice,congrats on the feature

  • MaejeanVINTAGE

    MJV Owners, Laura Mae and Amanda Jean Vintage from MaejeanVintage said 7 years ago

    Congrats! So glad to see another vintage store get the spotlight here! Love your shop! We have had you "favorited" for a while now. Best Wishes, Mae Maejean Vintage

  • oldish

    oldish from oldish said 7 years ago

    so coincidentally on purpose, it is just like mine story guys. great shop, great living, thank you internet.

  • iseefrance

    Diane from iseefrance said 7 years ago

    One of my all-time favorite shops! I admire the way you present everything with such class and detailed descriptions. Loved seeing this peek into your studio. All the best from a fellow Michigander!

  • attar

    attar from attar said 7 years ago

    You guys should buy from my Etsy shop to resell on yours! I have lots of items you'd like, if ever I get around to listing them! (Which is why I prefer to sell directly to vintage stores).

  • aubepine

    Jen from aubepine said 7 years ago

    So happy to see you here! I'm a huge fan of your shop! Loved reading your interview-- congrats on a great feature!

  • StarShineVintage

    Krista Morrison from StarShineVintage said 7 years ago

    One of my most favorite shops on Etsy! Loved to hear your story, adventure. It so great to have such an accomplished team!

  • TickleBebe

    Jacquie Hartman from TickleBebe said 7 years ago

    I can't believe it...I was just in Kzoo yesterday. Love, love, love your shop.

  • JaelDesigns

    Jacquie Hartman from JaelDesigns said 7 years ago

    Love, love Kzoo. We have a little cottage in nearby Vicksburg. Kalamazoo area is one of my favorite places to look for vintage jewelry. Love your shop!

  • nowvintage

    Bobbie from nowvintage said 7 years ago

    one of my favorite shops on etsy. How in the world did you keep from suffering a heart attack when the woman said she had a closet full of 30s cloths from the owner of a brothel???? that is the stuff of dreams! Great article! Excellent like everything you do!

  • juliegarland

    Julie Garland from juliegarland said 7 years ago

    Congratulations!! I'm a big fan of your shop! :)

  • trinkets818

    trinkets818 from trinkets818 said 7 years ago

    You two are glorious! You have made a science of vintage collection slash curating! Best o' the best!

  • anothertimeantiques

    Barbara Boyce from AnotherTimeAntiques said 7 years ago

    Great Story and Super great vintage shop! I love how you show how much work goes into presenting vintage fashions well!! Just love your store - so glad to see you on the the front page of Etsy!

  • VintageFanAttic

    Mary Jane from VintageFanAttic said 7 years ago

    Congrats on your feature...you two are a wonderful team!

  • MissingHeirloom

    Elizabeth Pickett from MissingHeirloom said 7 years ago

    I have loved your wares since you opened your shop in 2008 - congrats on the feature!

  • aneedleinthehay

    Sadie from aneedleinthehay said 7 years ago

    I LOVE your gorgeous shop!! so happy to see you here, congratulations on the feature!! xo

  • inturquoisesky

    asu from THEFAIRYTHINGS said 7 years ago

    Great... Thanks...

  • bluecrystallady

    crystallady from garteronly said 7 years ago

    Great... Thanks...

  • eyeSPYshop

    tANiA from VoyeurVintage said 7 years ago

    Right on the dot Victor and Vera! I love etsy for the exact same reasons and continue to be inspired by your shop and the creative work that goes into it. Cheers to you both!

  • DOTTO

    NICOLE Dotto from DOTTO said 7 years ago

    the last bit of my jealousy has almost fully converted over to excitement! prog-ress! I am pretty sure this is all very natural, everyone forgets to write it here.

  • lizlangley

    Liz Langley from lizlangley said 7 years ago

    Love what you are doing! Congratulations on the feature!

  • Trijoux

    Celine from Trijoux said 7 years ago

    I just love it!!! Super design. Céline

  • bowtieco

    Silva Y from bowtieco said 7 years ago

    So awesome and unique! Congratsss!

  • whitevan

    Dennis from whitevan said 7 years ago

    Excellent!

  • VictoriaWestbury

    VictoriaWestbury from VictoriaWestbury said 7 years ago

    And the CLOTH was made flesh.... a total inspiriation and well deserved feature. All the very best and may you stumble across another lost city of style!

  • GeorgieGirlLLC

    D George from GeorgieGirlLLC said 7 years ago

    Wow!! Your shop is fabulous. Love the vintage cloths, both of you work so well together. Congratulations!!!!

  • Linohandmade

    Lynne Duguay from Linohandmade said 7 years ago

    Great work ! Congrats on the feature !

  • Hookedonhoney

    Hooked On Honey Vintage from Hookedonhoney said 7 years ago

    love love love your site!! congrats and thank you for restoring vintage so we can all still enjoy it!!

  • ShirleyArt

    Debbie Shirley from ShirleyArt said 7 years ago

    Love this interview and LOVE your shop!

  • wishflowervintage

    Erin Conley from CurioVNTG said 7 years ago

    All I can really say is *swoon* at everything in your shop! I also love Kalamazoo, such a gem of a city! -^_^-

  • messinabella

    messinabella from BandBEstate said 7 years ago

    Great shop - congrats!

  • faginsdaughter

    Penny from faginsdaughter said 7 years ago

    Ahhh- now THIS is what vintage is about! In my development as a vintage dealer, there are a handful of shops I one day aspire to be as beautiful as, and Vera Vague is one of them. Thank you Etsy for this intimate peek into a wonderful shop and the honest story of what makes this the joyous profession it is. Full marks all round. (And that brothel story! I would've fainted, no question.)

  • Deconfetti

    Nata from dekkoline said 7 years ago

    Congrats! You have fabulous vintage shop!

  • ohmytrendhunter

    Catherine Kim from iamknight said 7 years ago

    awesome !!

  • MISSVINTAGE5000

    MISS 5000 from MISSVINTAGE5000 said 7 years ago

    Wonderful read...great shop !

  • janicewd

    janicewd from janicewd said 7 years ago

    Very original and unique fashions. Congrats to you.

  • lilsocialbutterflies

    lilsocialbutterflies from lilsocialbutterflies said 7 years ago

    OMG you guys. CONGRATULATIONS on your feature!!! im proud to be a fan ;) once i found you i was hooked!!! keep up the good work from one kindred spirit to another ;)

  • SweetSincerity

    Bethany Coulombe from SweetSincerity said 7 years ago

    what a great interview. you are an excellent writer! and a great set of ideals :)

  • VeraVague

    Vera and Victor Vague from VeraVague said 7 years ago

    WOW!!! we cant even begin to thank everyone enough for all the amazing words and support! you have no idea how much this means to us and how much it drives us to keep fine tuning our machine. we want to thank Etsy SO FREAKING MUCH for giving us the opportunity, not only on the feature, but to be able to create a new lives for ourselves. the community on here is so amazing and makes this whole experience what it is! so this goes out to ALL OF YOU......SUPER BIG X's and O's from both of us!!!! we wish all of you the best in what you do! humbly and gratefully yours Victor and Vera Vague

  • PrayerNotes

    Prayer Notes by Cynthia from PrayerNotes said 7 years ago

    I love your shop! I had to take a look before I finished reading your story. Your shop is wonderful! Your photos are spectacular. Now, this is the real meaning of VINTAGE! Blessings and congrats! ~Cynthia

  • DevolutionVintage

    DevolutionVintage from DevolutionVintage said 7 years ago

    I'm such a fan of your shop! Much respect for all you're hard work and forging a path for the rest of us. It's been some time since we've seen a featured vintage seller. Very excited for this! Congrats on all your success!

  • cquis13

    Colleen Quisenberry from LavenderRoseAcc said 7 years ago

    Beautiful dresses!! Great style. Congrats on your success!

  • nativestrandsjewelry

    Rachel from PeppersJewelry said 7 years ago

    Beautiful work! Congrats on being featured!

  • theluckyfish

    Ra from theluckyfish said 7 years ago

    I love to visit your shop. I sell mostly Vera Neumann, so your shop comes up every time I search "Vera". I love your modeling and the clothes and stories are like a reach through history - one of the reasons I love selling vintage myself. So glad to see you honored as an etsy featured shop!

  • thriftage

    Kirsten Hollenback from thriftage said 7 years ago

    Amazing shop and photos! You really bring items to life and make each garment seem special which I find can be hard to convey sometimes. I'm so glad our Etsy community has a chance to appreciate these works of art you bring to us.

  • ipanema

    ipanema from ipanema said 7 years ago

    Fantastic feature! Enjoyed the thoughtfulness!

  • xZOUix

    Zoui from XZOUIX said 7 years ago

    very lovely, both, story & shop :)

  • sweetvintagegal

    sweetvintagegal from SweetVintageGal said 7 years ago

    Love seeing one of my favorite shops featured - congrats you two! :)

  • shantyirish

    Teresa from ShantyIrishVintage said 7 years ago

    great article - fascinating and inspiring! So glad to see you featured :)

  • frogfruit

    frogfruit from frogfruit said 7 years ago

    that's my twins' names!

  • SweetBabyBella

    Jill McCormick from VoilaVintageClothing said 7 years ago

    Brava! I have loved these two for quite some time; Anastasia is SO sweet, and Eric is a true talent behind that camera. This store is wonderful as well as the two that own it! Good Job!

  • jennifercoralie

    Jennifer from virgomoon88 said 7 years ago

    Yours is a stand-out shop; the quality of the photos is unsurpassed.

  • OceansideCastle

    Laura from OceansideCastle said 7 years ago

    Truly one of the best vintage clothing shops on Etsy! Your personalities shine right through the stellar photos. Well deserved feature! Best wishes for continued success and happiness.

  • judyepstein

    Judy Epstein said 7 years ago

    LOVE your vintage shop, your article and learning about you!

  • ButchersBroom

    Butcher's Broom from BUTCHERSBROOM said 7 years ago

    ►HELLO FRIEND, COMPLIMENTS VERY MUCH FOR ALL. I WISH YOU THE BEST HEARTILY◄ Good light, _BB_

  • FashGal

    Paula Gallemore from fashgal said 7 years ago

    Great article and LOVE your story..... totally agree about handmade and saving clothes from the past.... Yes indeed, the clothes do live on! Wishing you the very best!

  • LuminousLadyVintage

    Kayla Komito from LuminousLadyVintage said 7 years ago

    I found your story and the photographs really inspirational. Was feeling a little blah (or is it winter) with my own shop and felt new energy and delight after reading about the synchronicity in your travel with the brothel vintage treasures. Excellent! ;-)

  • junquegypsy

    junquegypsy from junquegypsy said 7 years ago

    You've been in my favs for a long time. I live near Kalamazoo too! Great feature. Congrats!

  • Daniblu

    Daniblu from Daniblu said 7 years ago

    Like a fairy tale!

  • MediaVuelta

    MediaVuelta from MediaVueltaVintage said 6 years ago

    love this shop! Such a beautiful and inspiring story!

  • ionesAttic

    Barbara from ionesAttic said 6 years ago

    time and time again I visit your shop to find beautifully resurrected clothing photographed with pinache!

  • ionesAttic

    Barbara from ionesAttic said 6 years ago

    make that panache!

  • ZambakDesigns

    Nancy from ZambakDesigns said 5 years ago

    NIce

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