Kicking Off Rocktober: Mighty Swell Vintage Pop-Up Shop

People, tonight I am going to sleep like a kid the night before Christmas, before she finds out that ugly little truth about Santa Claus. Why? Because Saturday and Sunday will bring the Mighty Swell Vintage Pop-Up Shop, the first (of what I hope will be many) “blink-and-you’ll-miss-it vintage shopping extravaganza.” I quote the press release, even! And I don’t do that lightly!

Here’s why: It’s run by two local vintage lovers and bloggers who really get it, Meghan McAndrews of High Plains Thrifter and Rae Danneman of Bourbon & Lace. Look at ’em! Aren’t they cute? They’re bringing in other local vendors/bloggers who share their passion for vintage and want to sell off some of their inventory. (Geisha Pearl Vintage and two birds being two others.)

They’ll have vintage goods ranging from the 1940s to the 1980s (yes, sadly, the 1980s are technically considered vintage since they’re more than 20 years old…sigh), and everything will be … wait for it, wait for it… affordable. Yes! Vintage dresses start at $15, jackets and coats at $20, and plenty of other things starting at $5, plus mystery grab bags (oooh, so Crackerjack-like) for $5. But wait. There’s more.

Meghan’s lot will have lots of pieces sized 12 and up. There’s a rarity! This is great news for curvy ladies who love vintage. (Hello, have you ever been disappointed by all those darling ’50s dresses with 24-inch waists? Me too. Many times.)

Oh wait. There’s more! And this is a biggie: There will be on-site alterations. What? Yes! ON-SITE ALTERATIONS! Please forgive me, but I am seriously enthusiastic about this. Because … we all have things we’ve bought, which needed a stitch here or there, or a hem, and then we never made it to the tailor, only to let our find languish in the closet. No excuses here. Basic alterations start at $5. What can you get for $5 these days? Nothing!

Here’s another goodie: You don’t have to bring cash! I mean, you can. And it’s not a giveaway. But they are all set up to take plastic on their phones. Ah, technology! So no running out to get more cash once you realize all you have in your wallet is $2.25.

There’s also going to be plenty of artwork, glassware, tchotchkes, and home décor for those of you who aren’t into vintage clothing.

I would recommend getting there early. Doors open at 10 tomorrow and 12 on Sunday. There will be hot coffee and doughnuts to get you through breakfast. Check out the merchandise sneak peeks on their Twitter or Facebook page. You might want to keep your eye on those pages for any other last-minute deals or announcements.

See you there!

Saturday, October 2 from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday, October 3, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Umber Studios.