JUST.ANOTHER.VINTAGE.SELLER....

Being a total newbie to the whole blogging/ online store/ twitter world, we were feeling rather overwhelmed and under equipped to handle the intricacies that come with it.  We started developing a style that rather mimicked other blogs, the more ‘A-list’ kind,  and in the meantime kind of lost the point of why we started this whole thing in the first place!

So again, let me refresh your memory,  my dear friends, why we actually DID jump on this wonderful www.com roller coaster!  As all of you know  Ahka Vintage is a vintage ebay store (like the other 4 million out there) but we are actually a sister team.  I, the blogger,  face-booker, hunter and gatherer of delectable vintage; and Lara, the creative director, photographer and general dictator director.   

Add to that Steph, who has absolutely nothing to do with the stores, however supplies us with yummy cakes to keep us going – as she has just discovered her talent for cake making and has been making quite a variety of things – think R2D2, x-box, trains, barbies – and crafting them out of sponge cake.  She’s the little ‘un of the family and often gives us the needed 3rd party advice when we can’t agree!

Lara is actually the founder Ahka Vintage – being that she loved waking up at 2.30 am (weird) and rummaging through flea markets and auction houses waaaaayyyy before the crowds came to find all sorts of goodies.  She kind of just fell into vintage because she’s always been a hoarder of too many clothes, shoes and bags, and vintage seemed to be the most desired by (me) all her friends.  So after a stint working for a handbag designer as their run around gal – she started dabbling in selling off some of her excess wardrobe with surprising results.   The real cheese came when one of her friends bought a vintage chest that was full of vintage theater costumes.  Not knowing what the heck to do with them (as dressing up as Juliet from Shakespeare is not appropriate attire for a run to the shops to get milk) her and said friend/s dressed up - took a few pics - listed them on eBay and; surprise surprise, sold them.

Then came me.  The middle sister.  I travel a lot.   I love to rattle on even when no body is listening *cough* like right now *cough* and have a particular interest in what I wear.  I love art – and think that how we dress is an expression of how we feel at different times.  It’s like wearable canvas.  Some companies try to mould you into looking like you are individual when really you are just Mr Brainwash and not Banksy. (shameless street art plug to make me look like I know what I'm talking about)  

One of the reasons we both love vintage is that we both WEAR it in our everyday life.  It’s not mass produced, it’s unique, and we can mold it our way because generally it crosses fashion borders.  Classic vintage style is like a blank white canvas.  It can be arranged and dressed in such a way that it makes you feel good, relaxed and happy with the result.  Sometimes you don’t quite get the colour mix you intended, other times you get it spot on.

Now as I read back I know this blog seems to be a confusing mix of themes and ideas (welcome to my head) but I guess what I’m trying to let you know is that we are actually people behind the stores.  We are not mass market kind of people.  We are developing and really just loving the ride that goes along with it. We both have a passion for vintage; 
a) because we look totally hot in it; and 
b) because it’s something we really think is beneficial.  It’s a sustainable industry.   

So I guess this blog post is more a thank you and a who are we… thank you to those of you who made yourselves known to us and supported us in our venture, and an introduction to the rest of you who might think that we are just another vintage seller.  

For the Love of Vintage
Love Lara & Tura xx
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A picture of us in the early 90's - because we haven't gotten used to growing old gracefully yet - and want you to know us as how we still feel - young!



12 comments:

  1. I loved reading this and that photo is just so fabulous. Keep up the great work!! Love what you're doing! tx

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  2. Lovely post! I agree with you on that fashion is a wearable canvas. It really makes a difference to your self esteem as well. When you know that you're capable of putting an outfit together that it both flattering and artistic, it makes you feel great. I'm still learning and am slowly discovering my own style.

    www.zanniplainjanefashion.com

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  3. What a gorgeous picture! I definitely agree, fashion is for just about everyone. It really isn't just about clothes, it's expressing yourself in whatever light you want to be portrayed in. And, you are not alone in the vintage loving craze, I'M OBSESSED!
    XOXO
    www.avenuemaria.blogspot.com

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  4. That is such a lovely photo. I love what you had to say about clothing it's all true, for instance you could fit in the trend with everyone else with a style of clothing but what makes you stand out is your presence and the way you pull it off :)

    Charlee
    x

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  5. You guys look lovely and I say always trancsend trend!

    www.plentyforpennies.com

    PS., the tripod is soooooo worth the $40! Go for it!!

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  6. I love this photo! You both look like models here! honestly plus is so natural and pure that is why I always love photos they always capture something amazing. x

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  7. Lovely post, and stunning photo! I'm looking forward to getting to know you both here ~
    xo, Anita

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  8. With attitudes like yours, you girls can join me in growing old disgracefully!! It's the best way if you love vintage as much as I do - I LOVE your story about how you got into this business. Thank you so much for your lovely comment and following me - you have a new follower:))) xoxoxo

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  9. Good lord, I love youse! I just stumbled onto you via the ethical fashion group, and for some reason when you wrote "we are not just another vintage seller," I felt compelled to come by and see why.

    I love what you wrote, and why you are doing what you do. So I'm on board, following and whatnot. Rooting you sisters on.

    I'll see you around, either in the Ethical Fashion group or elsewhere. Take care! -Bella Q
    the Citizen Rosebud
    Enter my Karina Dress Give-Away!

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