My name is Margaret and I’m the owner vintage shop Penny Dreadful Vintage. I’ve always loved the vintage lifestyle, but when I was younger I didn’t know to call it that. All I knew was that I loved Doris Day films, lusted after art deco furniture, idolised Audrey Hepburn, wore my mum’s clothes from the Seventies, and listened incessantly to The Beatles and Glenn Miller. When I was in high school that didn’t mean I was into vintage, it meant I was an oddball who liked boring old stuff.

It was exciting when I moved to London and found a whole community of people who love the same things I do – and now I am proud to say I am a vintage girl through and through.

I’ve never been able to stick to the style of one decade the way some people do, I flit between them all the time. There are parts I love about each era and I could never stick with one particular vintage style, making me something of a magpie!

However I will always have a soft spot for the Sixties, as that is the decade to really start me off in vintage. It was such a period of change, particularly in fashion. And while I might feel glamorous in Thirties styles, ladylike in Fifties, or dramatic in Seventies, it is in my Sixties outfits that I feel most free.

Eventually my love of vintage turned into a bit of an obsession, and I decided to start my own online store called Penny Dreadful Vintage. It was only a little Etsy shop to start with, but now I have my own website and finally left my job last year to work with vintage full time. Running a business by yourself is really hard work and certainly isn’t the road to riches, but I love what I do, and it gives me so much pleasure finding amazing vintage pieces for other people to wear and enjoy.

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