Meet Ramon Thompson. Also known as "The Shoe Man" Ramon is the go-to person for high quality, authentic, men's vintage shoes. His keen eye for style and personable demeanor is contagious and has been a great contributing factor to his business success
What type of merchandise do you sell?
Vintage men’s shoes; also some vintage women’s shoes from the 1920s, 30s, 40s and 60s
How long have you been selling your merchandise & what inspired you?
I started when I was 16; my mom was more into antiques. She made her own jewelry and she believed that antiques were a very spiritual thing and that they were made to last. That caught my attention and I started to do some research. When I started wearing it people would always ask me where I got my clothes or shoes from. When people see me, they know me as the ‘shoe man’. I actually had one man buy the shoes off of my fee because he liked them so much.
My friend Richie Utilla had several stores so I started selling merchandise in his store. Also, my sister has a store in Brooklyn so I started selling merchandise in her store too. I also started helping my friends & encouraged them to start their own business. I share and try and help other people to ‘do for themselves’.
Along with vintage shoes I do a lot of interior design and floral arrangements myself. Christmas is one of my favorite holidays for decorating. Back in the days people used to take pride in what they did and I try to bring that back.
What do you love about the items that you sell?
I love the quality, the style, how things were made with a lot of material that would enable you to alter and hem pieces as needed. Everything was made for a reason; to get people to save up their money.
Ramon’s Business Advice?
It takes one person to start something good by being positive.
If you want people to come back to you, you have to be creative, humble, kind
Kindness will take you further in life; it comes back to you
What can shoppers expect to find at your booth?
Vintage Shoes, but you’ll find a little of everything including construction boots that have been around since 1966 & Stacy Adams shoes from the 1960s.
For decorating my booth I am creating a theme of winter wonderland theme, with snow, glitter, and holiday statues
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