How did the store start?
Life is funny sometimes. Flashback 10 years ago. I was a fashion editor/writer for a major magazine until they decided to lay everyone off. STRESSFUL! The last thing you want to hear when that happens is that one door closes and another one opens, but I’m here to tell you it does! The door might feel a little jammed at the beginning, but with hope, patience, a positive attitude and a little kick, it can open wider than you ever imagined. Truth is, I never really liked where I worked (translation: I had that empowering dream of standing on a chair in the middle of the newsroom with a megaphone screaming out I’m outta here people!) but quit? Not with three kids. But I digress…
After reassuring my kids I would figure everything out, I went on a million job interviews for positions I prayed I didn’t get. Then one magical morning I passed a garage sale and the nice woman there told me I had a good eye and asked if I had a store. “A store?” I laughed. “I don’t really even like to shop.” I’ll never forget her looking me straight in the eye and saying that she had a store that closed and the space is empty and that I should look at it. She called the landlord, I met him over there and signed a lease. Did I mention that I was still in pajamas at the time?
I basically had no money, no experience and absolutely no idea what I was doing but it felt right. I brought in all kinds of great random vintage things I had or people gave me and took some of the money I had from selling everything I owned when I lost my job, put up a sign and started a new life!
Please note that’s how Fannie’s started. We transitioned out of vintage into new merchandise several years ago and just maintain a cozy corner for our vintage shoppers.