WEST CHESTER, Pa. (CBS) – Are you a big fan of old school items, 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 once you step inside, it’s like a trip back in time.
In downtown West Chester, there’s a darling boutique dedicated to the groovy, girly, and glitzy items people pass on so you can treasure them for more years to come.
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“We have people who are 16 going to prom looking to be a little different, people in their 40s and 50s who want to find a nostalgic piece, people in their 60s have collected some jewelry in the past 30 years. years. So it’s fun for us too to bring all age groups in, ”said owner Malena Martinez.
At Malena’s Vintage Boutique, think of this as a collection of color-coded clothing and accessories from the days you loved or wished to live.
Malena’s specializes in stuff from the 1880s to the 1980s.
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While there are many designer brands out there, there is a range of assortments ranging from the highest price point to just a few dollars.
Martinez opened her store 18 years ago, but her vintage collection started when she was a young girl.
“I started collecting when I was 12-13 years old. I just loved the romance of vintage, ”Martinez said.
“The most amazing thing I have ever found is a Fortuny pleated dress that there are a finite number in the world, no one knows how he created that pleating system,” Martinez said.
She says she found the dress at an auction on a “wire hanger, basically in a garage.”
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