Vintage Queen no 47: Erin from the USA Our amazing Vintage Queen number 47 impresses us with her cool thrift style. Proving everyone wrong who thought trend-led fashion can only come from designers and the highstreet, Erin’s outfits are a masterclass in how to make vintage pieces your own in a completely contemporary way. My name is Erin Hagstrom, I’m a style blogger, etsy sellerand full-time student. When I started going to school I thought I would get my teaching credentials for elementary school, but I think my passion for blogging and vintage might lead me in a very different direction! I’ve always been into vintage ever since I was a kid. My mom would wake me up at 6am on the weekends to run to the local estate sales where I would rummage through drawers and closets finding little knick knacks and picking up sweaters here and there. In the afternoons after school, we’d often stop in at thrift shops before going home and I would dig through the racks looking for interesting and unique pieces. Because of that, it never really interested me to see what was new in the retail stores because there was always this wealth of strange and unusual things waiting to be discovered elsewhere! Then, when I was in high school, my first job was selling antiques on eBay at a junk shop downtown, which is where I got the experience to become a vintage seller on my own. Since I’m constantly stopping in at thrift stores, yard sales, antique shops and the like, it’s so hard to pass something up even if it doesn’t quite fit me or it isn’t quite my style, so I’m glad to be able to share that with my other vintage friends online. I think that above all I love the uniqueness of vintage items. Sure, I like trends, but to me vintage clothes often have interesting colors and designs that seem fresh when compared to whatever is walking down the runway. And since they are so old and have often been worn or handmade by someone, they feel as though they’ve soaked up a history and mythology that I can imagine when I wear the item. I love to marvel at the craftsmanship and skill that was required to put them together, which is much different than the way clothes are mass produced today for the high street shops. But also, I love the impermanence of it all. Sometimes you buy a vintage dress only to tear it because it has already been loved and become threadbare, and then you get to have great fun searching in all the shops for the perfect replacement.” One Response Sandra @ DebutanteClothing November 23rd, 2009 I wanted to tell you that if you want to teach and still blog/sell vintage, you can do both. I do! It takes a lot of time management, but it is possible.