Vintage Dreams Come True at Wear It Again Sam by Ellen Byerrum

Vintage Dreams Come True at Wear It Again Sam by Ellen Byerrum

“Hello and welcome to Fashion Bites! After a brief hiatus I am in Fort Collins, Colorado, today, talking with the
absolutely awesome Kim Sewald, the owner of Wear It Again,
Sams, and I’m Ellen Byerrum, author of the screwball noir Crime of Fashion Mysteries, set in Washington DC, The City That Fashion Forgot. And today we’re in
Fort Collins, Colorado, on location and I’m going to be asking Kim some
questions about vintage clothing, which everybody knows I’m mad about. And first
of all let’s talk about how Kim, who looks insanely young, is the owner of this shop!” “Thank you! Well, I’ve been at Wear It Again Sam, for 16 years. I started here just working a
couple days a week, and five years ago I quit my other job to be here full-time
and I have saved my money and planted my dreams and, um, the beginning of this year the actual prospect of buying the shop came into light, and on June 1st I bought
the shop! I did it! And it’s all mine now and it’s crazy.” “What’s great is that
you, you are so intimately acquainted with all of these–” “Absolutely yes.” “All of
the clothing–” Yes.” “All the inventory, the hats, the lovely models here, and so– So I
have some questions for Kim today and the first one is, Why should somebody
invest in vintage? Why vintage?” “Well, there’s– it’s one of a kind.
Nothing, nobody will ever have anything that you find.” “Absolutely.” “Nothing ever. You could spend– the treasure, the hunt, the part of the hunt, too. You could
spend all day looking for, like going to Goodwill, which is kind of hard to do
that anymore, because a lot of that doesn’t exist.” “Right.” “But what really got
me started on it when I was younger was the hunt of it, and going through racks
of clothing and finding absolute treasures! And this, the fact that
this stuff still is around and still wearable is amazing, amazing. And just that it’s magic, and then not even mentioning the detail and the
construction and the fabric and stitching. It’s art.” “It is.” “It’s
definitely works of art.” “I know. I’ll just veer off a little bit, because we’re in the fall and it’s the season of creepy stuff, but, um, and not creepy stuff. Do you feel that clothes
can retain something of the spirit of the original owner?” “Yes, yes, I’ve never
experienced anything very dramatically that way, but I’ve had people, people that
have, more so than I have. But I have put a gown on and felt magic!
I knew that this dress had more positive, wonderful feelings, but never have I ever experienced anything negative.” “Right, no, I haven’t either, I just bring it up because I have an incredible suit that I wear, and I
would put it on one time and it was like I got this message that said, ‘You’re
supposed to wear Chanel Number Five with this suit.'” [laughter] That was the only time I really had this like
direct order from someplace else, and I really think that the owner was wearing
Chanel Number Five.” “Sure, sure, and it’s probably a very very important piece to
them. And some, I have so many things that I’ve saved my money for or really worked
hard to get, that I hope my love carries on when, yeah, to the next owner…” “I think that’s, that’s really cool. So the second question I have
today is, What do you need to know when you, when you are looking for vintage? You know, you know what, what should you keep in mind if you’re gonna buy it? I
mean is it fragile, is it–” “Yeah, like the one thing that is always heartbreaking
to me is the ‘devil’s dust,’ when it starts to fall apart. I have a lot of ’60s stuff.
There’s a fabulous– oh, there’s a lame dress here. It’s way behind. It’s fabulous, but it’s
starting to fall apart. Do you see all that?” “And you call that ‘devil’s dust’?” “Devil’s dust, yes!” “Oooh!” “Yes! So back to that–” “That may show up in one of my books!” “There’s really, there’s really
nothing you can do.” “Right.” “So if I–” “So it’s like shattered silk.” “It is, there’s nothing you can do, it’s heartbreaking. So definitely the condition, because if you get
something like that you can’t really wear it. But I’ll hang it on the wall and
love it. But, um, the condition, for obvious. If there’s any sort of
tears in the fabric that, like if it’s a silk or something that you’re not going
to be able to fix, and if you’re really gonna be able to, if you want to wear it,
if you can wear it and not destroy it.” “Right.” “Like be able to spend a day or an
evening in it.” “I find that when I’ve bought vintage I
have to be kind of aware, I check the, all the seams.” “Yes, yes.” “Because the material is great, but the thread tends to–” “Yeah, it’ll just deteriorate, yeah, just rot, yeah.” “So not to be disappointed if you’re looking for vintage and you might have to replace a
zipper or you might have to have–” “Yes, the metal zippers.” “Have the seams replaced.” “Yeah, but if it’s all fixable, you can fix it.” “Right.” “Yeah, even if you don’t do it yourself there’s
people that can do that.” “Okay, my third question is, Who is the woman who buys
vintage? You know, is she more assured of herself than say buying something off the
rack at Macy’s?” “You definitely have to, you want, that woman wants to stand out.” “Right. “You have to have confidence, I feel, to wear a lot of these things. A lot of
vintage can kind of give you a ‘dated’ look, but you just, you feel that and you
own it.” “Right.” “And unique! It’s like I’ve said, and I will a million
times, it’s one-of-a-kind, you will never be anybody but you– that piece, you will
wear that piece.” And when and I think that you know ‘dated’ is maybe, you know–” “Yeah.” “Ten years ago, but not really vintage. Vintage to me is almost fashion-forward.”
“Sure, yeah, absolutely.” “You know, really grabbing that, that look.” “But it’s crazy, now how the people, which to me is dated, is like the ’90s!” “Yeah.” “But people come in here looking for the ’90s a lot now!” “Aye yi yi!” [laughter] “Yeah yeah, that, that’s definitely dated and not classic, in my opinion. But.” “Thank you. And my fourth question is, Why should somebody come here to Wear It Again, Sams, and I won’t go on and on, but I’m gonna let
you tell people.” “It’s the greatest place in the world. I
am so proud of this shop. You can come in and if you give me an era or an idea I
will try to make your dreams come true. I have costumes for rental as well, but
everything that I get in here, I try to curate the best. I don’t like to get
things that have issues or problems, which is unavoidable a lot, but you’re
not gonna come here and rummage through and try to make the most of it. I try to
bring the best.” “So basically your items are curated.” “Yes, yes, yes.” “So a collector curates.” “Yes, and I’ve, there’s so many dreams in here, so many fabulous, amazing things waiting, that people don’t even know. Amazingness everywhere.” “So if you’ve never tried vintage clothing, open your mind and think about it. There are lots
of vintage stores, but also you have to be a little choosy, and know that sizes
are difficult. Sizes are, you know–” “Yeah, sizing is, you know, it’s a whole different world.” “Right,
and you might find a dress that says it’s a 16 and really it’s a 6 or a–” “Yeah
a 6, yes, yeah, it’s good to know measurements, for sure. At least have an idea. Don’t be freaked out! [laughter] Yeah, 16 is so tiny in vintage sizes, it’s crazy.” “Right. “Yes, you
can’t go off of that. Don’t be alarmed.” “So come to Wear It Again Sam’s, or your favorite vintage store in your town, and if you have a great place
do let me know about it. That’s all I have for now. I’m Ellen Byerrum, and if you
want to know more about me, you can look me up on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, also I have a website. And if you want to know more about Wear It Again, Sam, you are on Instagram and–” “Instagram, Facebook, yep, got a website, it’s Wear It Again Sam
FoCo dot com. FoCo is short for Fort Collins. Because there’s two other Wear It Again Sams. I mean, completely, yeah completely unaffiliated, just a clever name, but yeah, there’s one in California and South Dakota, I think.” “Wow.” “Yeah, yeah, just a cute name.” “Okay. Well, that’s it for today. Have a pleasant week and we’ll see you next time. Bye!” “Thank you!” “Right, just, just one thing after another.” [laughter] “Feels lovely, look at her.” “I know, she’s one of my favorites. This hat is amazing. Look at how old that is, yeah.” “Wow.” “It’s like nineteen-tens-ish, I betcha.” “Oh, I love that, that is, that is–” “Is the music too loud or anything?” “Oh no.” “Okay, we’re good, okay.” “This is very ‘Enchanted April.’ ” “Yes it is…”

2 Replies to “Vintage Dreams Come True at Wear It Again Sam by Ellen Byerrum”

  1. I was so excited to see that you uploaded again, and justifiably so, it was great! You had interesting questions and I enjoyed the answers. Your outfit is stunning as always. Another great video.

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