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Featured Shop: Madam Popoff Vintage

Oct 16, 2013

by madampopoffvintage

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

Hi! I’m Deborah, I’m 41 and I have been selling vintage for 10 years now. I had my son in 1998 and due to being a single parent and having no money, yet having a passion for fashion – I attended local jumble sales to get not only my son’s clothes but also my fashion fix, be it vintage or modern.

After a few years I realised that I had accumulated a vast collection of vintage that I had bought just because I loved it (even if it didn’t fit!). Then a friend suggested I stick some on an online auction site. So I listed a pair of vintage Levis 201s that I paid 30p for.. I got £50 in return! This helped start Madam Popoff Vintage.

After seven years of online trading I had moved to the Kent coast. One day I came across a lovely shop in the Old Town area of Margate where I met a sweet girl who needed someone to sublet the shop. I pondered for a split second and decided to go for it and voilà! 3 years later – Madam Popoff Vintage is still trading in Margate!

I love all clothes. I really do! I love the way a girl can make a statement without opening her mouth! I love the way clothes can tell the people around you who you are, and the way they can tell an outrageous lie. I love the way clothes can disguise the worst in us, and also bring out the best.

I love to juxtaposition items together, things that on paper would not go together, yet strangely work when thrown on. I like to mix decades, styles, fabrics. .. Party dresses with brogues, trashy jumpsuits with glam faux fur capes..etc. I’m also lucky to be based by the sea so I take advantage of this by shooting a lot of our photos with our wonderful seaside town of Margate as the backdrop.

People are always asking me where I source my goods – well, I am now lucky enough to have started building up a list of contacts who bring in lots of beautiful vintage from which I cherry pick the prettiest or sassiest to find new homes for! My favourite vintage designs come from the 60’s and 70’s – especially Ossie Clark, but I’ve also found amazing things from the British chain stores of the time too. In fact I just love it all, from 90’s Versace down to Victorian petticoats – all of which I aim to have available in my Etsy shop soon!

Etsy is such a good thing for me, working with both my fabulous photographers and models, I can bring my vintage style ideas to life. I also love Etsy because not only the fees are lower than other sites but also because it has a great feeling of community (a lot like where my real life shop is) and gives me a chance to share my vintage pretties with fellow lovers of vintage worldwide.

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Vintage 70's  Ossie Clark Penny Collar Mint Green Moss Crepe Glamorous Wrap Maxi Dress
Vintage 70's Ossie Clark Penny Collar Mint Green Moss Crepe Glamorous Wrap Maxi Dress
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Vintage 70's British Boutique Irvine Sellars Purple Disco Wrap Maxi Sequin Dress
Vintage 70's British Boutique Irvine Sellars Purple Disco Wrap Maxi Sequin Dress
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Vintage 70s do 50s White Pretty Broderie Anglais Cotton Dress
Vintage 70s do 50s White Pretty Broderie Anglais Cotton Dress
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Cute VTG 80's Floral Lolita Baby Doll Frill Mini Dress
Cute VTG 80's Floral Lolita Baby Doll Frill Mini Dress
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1 Featured Comment

  • madampopoffvintage

    Madam Popoff from madampopoffvintage said 6 years ago Featured

    Thank you for all your wonderful comments - It really means a lot to know you guys are out there and appreciate what I do . Thank you! xxx

28 comments

  • creativeclassics

    creativeclassics from creativeclassics said 6 years ago

    Really great read, I love that you managed to move from online retail to a proper shop. Best of luck for the future!

  • auntyjuju

    justine Reynolds from Juslapuce said 6 years ago

    Great back story and I really loved the way you explained away how we can wear stuff to express ourselves without saying a word and how we can even tell an outrageous lie, that was the best bit. We're of similar age and I also started my Etsy shop a few years ago to keep the wolves from the door and aim to open a shop in my dotage selling all that is vintage. You've inspired me today. Merci mille fois and good luck!

  • epicstitching

    Mel Ladner from epicstitching said 6 years ago

    Amazing photographs. What a fantastic combination of brick & mortar and online shop you have going on. Generally people seem to go the other way around but it's very interesting that you went from online to real store.

  • foxandrook

    Fox and Rook from foxandrook said 6 years ago

    Deborah, what a fabulous story! As I came to the photo of your brick and mortar shop, I squealed aloud, "Good for her!!" It's such a pleasure to read the stories of passionate vintage loving ladies who have made it happen. Cheers to your ongoing success!

  • jessiewilsonpowell

    Jessie Dodd from superqueenieretro said 6 years ago

    Lovely to hear success stories. Well done x

  • UnderMilkWood

    UnderMilkWood from UnderMilkWood said 6 years ago

    Love this story, how Popoff grew from jumble sales, (love a good jumble sale) and your love of vintage, lovely styling and photography must make it to Margate one day soon!

  • inbetweenaccessories

    InBetweenAccessories from InBetweenAccessories said 6 years ago

    Inspirational Deborah! Gives us hope that maybe we can make it also!!! xx

  • virtuallyantique

    Rebecca from VirtuallyAntique said 6 years ago

    Love this feature - and the Ossie Clark dresses in your shop are wonderful

  • bigbluebed

    Alix Beech from Bigbluebed said 6 years ago

    Oh for an Ossie Clarke dress! Wonderful feature and it is lovely to see a great vintage shop.

  • GeorgieGirlLLC

    D George from GeorgieGirlLLC said 6 years ago

    Wonderful story and absolutely love the black dress with the polka dots!

  • BeachglassDesign

    Blackberry Bungalow from BlackberryBungalow said 6 years ago

    Fantastic story telling in these photos. Terrific images. Well done. Best from across the pond.

  • escapeartsdevon

    Escape Arts from EscapeArtsDevon said 6 years ago

    Really enjoyed reading this! What an achievement being able to keep an actual physical shop open for 3 years in these financial times, gives us all something to dream about! Great photos too, I love the one of all the colourful clothes hanging on the rail... and of your pretty shop front! :-)

  • urbanplumstudio

    Zahra Zainab from UrbanPlumStudio said 6 years ago

    I love the pictures, I also love vintage stuff

  • madampopoffvintage

    Madam Popoff from madampopoffvintage said 6 years ago Featured

    Thank you for all your wonderful comments - It really means a lot to know you guys are out there and appreciate what I do . Thank you! xxx

  • Agasart

    Aga from AgasJourney said 6 years ago

    fantastic stuff and congrats on your success.

  • sunsetsophia

    sunsetsophia said 6 years ago

    What a wonderful read! Being a single mother I find this the perfect pick me upper and you are truly inspiring....love, love, love the top photo, the halter power dress!!!

  • jizbasusan

    Susan Jizba from TheWeaverOfWords said 6 years ago

    such a wonderful success story! I also really love how Deborah mixes things up in her Gorgeous Pictures. Well Done!

  • Flonightingales

    Flo from flonightingales said 6 years ago

    Your shop is beautiful and so is your story! Congratulations on the feature, and much continued success to you *raises glass*

  • HeyChica

    Hey Chica from HeyChica said 6 years ago

    Congrats on your success in your store and here on Etsy, love your pictures too!

  • ana92pl

    Anna G from ana92pl said 6 years ago

    Wow! Like!

  • teresafraser111

    T T from TiffaneeTwisted said 6 years ago

    I love that green and black dress. Very striking!

  • judypalmer989

    Judy Palmer from TripleRRobots said 6 years ago

    Love that you were able to open a retail shop, fabulous, all the best to you and your shop, both on Etsy and in Margate. Cheers!

  • azoegarner

    Zoe Garner from ArtinInteriors said 6 years ago

    love this

  • hurdyburdy

    Beverley Richmond from hurdyburdy said 6 years ago

    Finally! A UK based vintage seller being profiled on Etsy and what an inspirational story. I'm sure many sellers will be able to identify with how you started out. Thanks for sharing. Your imagery is gorgeous.

  • LoveButtons

    Julia K Walton from FireHorseVintageHQ said 6 years ago

    Congratulations on the feature. It looks like you have great shops and a real enthusiasm for what you do. :)

  • sadomakotei

    adwoa tei from MaafalsDesigning said 6 years ago

    congratulations! great background story, very inspiring. love that you invested so much time and years to where you have reached now. loving what you do gives you the patience.

  • Lilsugarskulls

    Lilsugarskulls from Lilsugarskulls said 6 years ago

    Great passion for vintage great job ! Keep up the great work u accomplish ;)

  • Numincus

    Julie Jones from ElyshiaDesigns said 5 years ago

    Stunning piece. Something to truly aspire to. But, how come this featured shop doesn't seem to show up on the main etsy blog? From what I can see, none of the UK based featured shops do?

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