About Maude V…

Maude Vintage Clothing & Costumes came to be in November, 2000. This is the story of how.

I had been attending college to seek a degree in Psychology & Art and took a job managing a local vintage shop.  In the six months I worked there I discovered a passion for the unique charm vintage clothing offers, the many number of ways you can work it for self expression as well as a knack for just knowing what era a piece had come from.  It was a discovery.

The interactions with others always start with the whats and the whys of their search and often ends in friendship or at the least, kinship. I love that.

I love the artistic endeavor of visual merchandising and display installations.

By November 2000 the wonderful woman I worked for had realized she was burned out on an 8 year endeavor of her shop and let me know she was going to sell.  My gut instinct was to quit college, take out a business loan, buy her inventory and work for myself doing what I had come to love. . . . Basically still Psychology & Art!, with fashion, photography and business all rolled into one.

I grew up on second hand clothes and in the beginning it just seemed like I was doing what I knew best.  But I definitely didn’t know about Vintage in high school and I didn’t know at that time how the New Clothing corporate market goes about doing their do.  In time I have come to vehemently dislike, ok loathe!, the new clothing industry and everything it stands for.  If you are unaware of why anyone would find clothes from the mall or Amazon etc. etc. appalling please check out this documentary, it will Wake. You. Up.  The True Cost “This is a story about clothing. It’s about the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the impact the industry is having on our world. The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. The True Cost is a groundbreaking documentary film that pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing?”

In summary, I am psyched about what I do let alone who I get to meet and the fun we get to have along the way.

Have fun, feel great, believe in where your money goes, love the earth and all the people in it.  Sustainable fashion with history, a beautiful thing.

We buy, we sell, we trade, we do costume rentals. 7 days a week.

Oh, that’s a 3X5 latch hook rug of Ru Paul that my friend Mary made.  It now belongs to a super sweet family in Minneapolis, but at least you can see it here.