Gen. Co.: RVA Vintage Market

Gen Co RVA Antiques collage1. Pricing a million, zillion vintage belt buckles. These are beauties! | 2. Merchandising, steaming and hanging our clothes. | 3. Handmade receipts, just took a little elbow grease. | 4. Business cards means we’re legit right? | 5. I  made this! | 6. We love sparkly vintage.


I hope you are in RVA this weekend because my sister Hannah and I will be representing Gen. Co. at our first vendor fair! Our third partner in crime, Lauren, can’t attend this one, but that just means we will have to take our show on the road! I’m personally super excited to be a part of the RVA Vintage Market (an event RVA Antiques puts on) because I love, adore, and collect vintage pieces and I’m excited to share some of my favorite finds from over the years. We have also been working like crazy to get ready and time has flown; it’s tomorrow! Do you know all the work that goes into one of these things? We have: ordered business cards, set up our Square account, printed/cut receipts and hang tags, purchased bags, stamped bags, scrounged around to find tables to borrow, made chalk board signs, and inventoried and tagged over 110 items! If you are out and about, please stop by and say hi! We would love to help you add some #coversationpieces to your wardrobe.

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Join us for our second RVA Vintage Market! A one-day-only outdoor vintage and handmade market in the Staples Mill Shopping Center at the intersection of Staples Mill Rd and Glenside Dr. (7115 Staples Mill Rd Henrico Va 23228)
*Repurposed Goods
*Custom made Jewelry
*Painted Furniture
*Outdoor & Garden Art
*Salvage
*Collectibles
*Vintage Decor
*Handmade Goods

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NBC 12 Feature – Online Auctions

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Screen Shot 2015-07-19 at 5.28.43 PMTwo stills from my recent segment with NBC12 Richmond’s More Bank for  Your Buck


Today I’ve got a little video for you! A few weeks ago I filmed a television segment with NBC12. I’ve worked with them before (here and here) but this particular segment has been a while in the making. It’s a recent obsession of mine and in the segment I delve into the tips and tricks for scoring big at…. online auctions! Seriously, how much better does shopping from your sofa get?? I also got to mention Gen. Co., which was featured prominently and is a huge deal! You can view the whole video here. Happy online shopping! Just don’t steal my deals…

 

Outfits: Jackie O!

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dress – Jackie O!, thrifted | jean jacket – H&M | belt – thrifted | cuffs – Susan’s Selections | ring – Nest RVA | brogues – Via Spiga from Ashby


My wardrobe seriously lacks easy to throw on and go dresses. While in West Virginia over the Fourth of July weekend, I did some thrifting for Genesis Clothing Company (and myself, let’s be honest) in what is one of the better thrift stores I have been to recently. The more rundown the thrift store looks, the more I like it and the more likely you are to find gems for a steal. This little black slip dress was love at first sight – slinky straps, a great v-neck fit, elastic waist, side slits and a tag that reads “Jackie O! Division of surf and turf of California.” Perfect for the store! I said. Maybe I’ll wear it a few times to test it out! I said. It’s so hot, that dress is perfect for today! I said. This is totally going on vacation with me! I said, as I moved the dress into my closet…. And in those few short sentences, my closet gained a dress.

Genesis Clothing Company

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The Gen. Co. logo!

Logo design by Erin Dayhoff. You can view her work here or contact her at: erindayhoff@gmail.com


This morning I am very excited to officially introduce the Genesis Clothing Company – a second hand clothing store that specializes in bringing you #conversationpieces for your wardrobe. Gen. Co. has been a pushed back idea of mine for a while (my Shop Chic Stripes insta account is still up for that evidence…) and last Christmas I broached the ideas with my sisters, who also live and love that thrift life. They loved it and for the past six months we have been working on logo design, figuring out business ideas, buying inventory, arguing (yes, it’s true), featuring items on Virginia This Morning, having our first and second sales (!), being interviewed by the folks at Coffee with Strangers, and applying for our first vendor fair. I’ve worn some of our Gen. Co. pieces on the blog and we’ve hinted about what’s coming, but I wanted to officially share it with all of you who read this blog. Right now, we sell 100% on Instagram through monthly flash sales. We typically announce the sales a week out and buying is simple – be the first to comment on an item with your email (and pay your invoice of course) and the one-of-a-kind piece is yours! I truly can’t express what a ride this has been so far. Some days I think we all wanted to just throw in the towel (I mean, seriously, it took us 5 months to figure out a logo that we all three liked) and other days, like when we have happy customers who love their new pieces, we are ecstatic. I’ll be sharing more about Gen. Co. from time to time, I’m sure, but to stay in the loop, please feel free to give us a follow!

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Monday Chic: Lace and Tassels

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After wearing and styling this shirt for Gen. Co., I hate to think of selling it. Seriously though, we buy the pieces we buy because we love them and think they are unique, conversation pieces. I could totally see all of my picks going into my closet, but (and maybe this is good for me) I am into #KonMari and the decluttered lifestyle, so some luck shopper will benefit and my closets will stay clean. At any rate, I was originally going to style this with denim shorts and sandals but dressed it up and I have to say, I love this Southwest inspired look (ya’ll know my obsession with this by now right?). The top itself is so sweet with those cutout details and teeny tassels on each arm.

 

Friday Chic: Urban Safari

DSC_2826 DSC_2824 DSC_2830top – Forever 21 | jeans – Levi’s from Ashby | jacket – thrifted | belt – thrifted | heels – Beene Bag from Genesis Clothing Company | bag – St. John’s Bay from Genesis Clothing Company 


I am a huge sucker for two “types” of looks: the Southwest inspired (my “all things Southwest” Pinterest board) and the safari. Both styles are so different from each other – the Southwest, in my mind, is full of bright color and feminine looks and shapes whereas the safari style is almost void of color, focusing on neutrals and very block or no nonsense shapes. Here I am favoring the safari look with an overload of neutrals and my accent pieces, a woven bag and strappy, leather short heeled sandals; both items that were from Genesis Clothing Company (can you tell we had our first sale this week? So many pre-sale looks were shot, couldn’t let an outfit photo go to waste!).

Wednesday Chic: Beating the Heat

DSC_2907 DSC_2908dress – Forever 21 from Plato’s Closet | heels – Mossimo from The Clothes Rack | bag – thrifted, Genesis Clothing Company


Sometimes the only way to beat the heat is to throw on a loose, short dress and add a fun bag. I found this while thrifting in Utah (and yes, it will be in tomorrow’s sale with Genesis Clothing Company!). The bag is SUCH a gem – it’s made of a very thick material (wool I think) and covered in the bright embroidered details you see here. The fringe on the bottom is just the icing on the cake. It’s so perfect for anyone with those boho stylish tendencies!

PS – to stay up to date on Gen. Co. sales and info, follow us on Insta! Right now, we will be selling via Instagram auction style – first come, first served! Lots more sales, detail and other fun things to come.