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Vendor Spotlight: Vintage Style from a Songstress

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The show must go on & on it must! Pull the curtain aside and go behind the scenes into the closet of a star and style icon. Discover style in a new, eclectic and creative way. Racks ornately full, dazzling glass cases of jewelry and hat racks donned with glee, it is a fashionista’s dream come true. 

Sheer exhilaration fills your spirit as you get lost in the array of one-of-a-kind vintage clothing, accessories, and jewelry. Organic originality infused with vintage flair embrace the eclectic blend of vintage clothing within Lulu’s booth at Chelsea Flea. 

The moment you encounter Lulu she greets you with a smile and grace. Any fashion advice that she gives you will be advice well taken as her keen eye for quality and her expertise for spotting the best one of a kind pieces make shopping at her booth an experience unlike any other. 

Throughout her career as a singer and performer, Lulu took the stage with vintage dresses that were almost as stunning as her voice. Her devotion and appreciation for fine vintage clothing led her to begin her business starting with her beautiful gowns. 

Lulu at her booth at Chelsea Flea Market

Lulu at her booth at Chelsea Flea Market

What Items do you sell at the market?

I’m very eclectic, I sell old vintage –Victorian, 50s, 60s clothing, vintage jewelry & newer vintage things from designers like jean Paul Gautier , Chanel,  it depends on what catches my eye. I have a whole collection of Lolita Lempicka, Tom Ford for Gucci in 1998, Come de Garcon & Issey Miyake. I like the new designers that had an edge. They’re not your typical clothing. My merchandise goes from the classic to the unusual. I like to sell anything that I would wear. Some things I had to drop because they didn’t work well with me such as shoes, they were very difficult to sell. Pants & blue jeans also, I noticed that my clients would not buy these items from me. So I dropped all these things and kept to what I specialized in.

How long have you been at the market?

After 9/11—I started about 14 years ago. To some people I’m a newcomer because some have been in the market for 30 years. But I was always a collector of clothing to wear and collecting beautiful things in general. All my life, I remember myself even as a young person I always loved vintage clothing. When you look at it you’re looking at pieces that are sometimes 70 years old; still looking fabulous, the fabric is still magnificent and still an inspiration to the designers today.

What do you love about the items that you sell?

What I really love is the quality of the fabric; the workmanship. Today you buy something and it just falls apart. But vintage clothing, the pieces are still so fresh and fun.

I get a lot of designers that come to me. We used to get more designers but with the economy things have changed a bit. Also, people from all over Europe come to the markets always looking for something they’d like to use, wear and be inspired from.

What inspired you to get into the business of selling these products?

What inspired me to begin with was my whole life, I was a singer. As a singer, I always looked for gowns to perform in. I used to go to the flea markets like the Dollar Lot, and eventually I had a whole collection of fabulous things. My closet was getting full and I needed some funds, so I began selling my beautiful gowns, and that’s how I got started.

Do you still sing?

Lulu wearing one of her beautiful vintage hats

Lulu wearing one of her beautiful vintage hats

I hand pick my items, and my vintage business takes so much work that it takes up most of my time that I don’t have time to sing.

What can shoppers expect to find at your booth?

For sure they will find, FUN. When they come into my booth, they always tell me it’s happy. It’s eclectic, jackets to shirts to gowns. Everybody can find something for themselves. Someone very elegant looking for something conservative, I have that too. But most of the time my shoppers come to me because of my eclectic eye.

I love it when customers come back and they tell me how many compliments they received on an item they purchased. If something looks good on a customer then I let them know, and they come back and tell me, you were right. That’s what I like, that I have satisfied customers.

Where do you find your merchandise?

I used to wake up at 3 a.m. to drive to estate sales to pick items. I had a few particular dealers I would go to in order to buy from them. Now, I get private calls from individuals and I go to see them and pick what I like. I also find very nice things in our flea market—things from other vendors

How can shoppers keep in touch?

They can find me at Chelsea Flea Market at booth #21 and in vintage shows in NY and out of town –like Sturbridge, MA. Also, you can email me at nyluluvintage@gmail.com and visit my website www.luluvintage.net

Interested in being interviewed for our next Vendor Spotlight? Email us at info@hellskitchenfleamarket.com