Christine Bourie and I met on Etsy.com when I first started Joules Jewels Vintage in 2009, I looked around on Etsy for other vintage fanatics. I stumbled upon Recessionista Vintage. I wrote her on Etsy and then we began keeping in touch in Facebook and Twitter.
Last month, I was in Miami for my boyfriend’s sister’s wedding and we decided to meet up. This is our first face-to-face encounter and I’m so glad we got to meet!
JJV: How long have you been selling?
CB: I started 4 years ago and this is my third vintage resale shop. I just kept restarting. I am now switching to TotalRecall Vintage [her own private site] because Etsy.com is more traditional– but I like trashy 80’s stuff.
JJV: How did you get started with vintage?
CB: I started making things, like tee shirt tote bags and stuff, but I liked thrifting so I would buy stuff even though it wouldn’t fit me, but I would buy it just to have it. I liked collecting. Then, my mom told me that I had to get rid of it.
JJV: When you go shopping, do you go alone or do you have people help you?
CB: I usually prefer to go alone. I like to take my time with the clothes and really soak it in.
JJV: Who is Patrick DeCarlo?
CB: He’s my boyfriend…well, fiancee [smiles and holds up hand].
JJV: How did you two get started?
CB: Well, he’s really the one who does all the technical stuff. He helped develop the new site.
JJV: Who is your style idol?
CB: Courtney Love. That’s why my hair is fried blonde [laughs].
JJV: Who is your ideal shopper / target consumer?
JJV: What is a hipster?
CB: It’s a group of people who use the idea of taking anything and everything that isn’t yours and making it your own.
JJV: Let me see your shoes.
CB: I wear these almost every day…good thing I did my toes today.
JJV: Cake, Pie or Doughnuts?
CB: Pumpkin pie.
JJV: What do you see for TotalRecall Vintage in five years?
CB: A storefront here in Miami. I love Miami and the community here.
JJV: What do you do when you’re not selling vintage?
CB: I’m a wardrobe stylist and I am a hair stylist. I work on photoshoot sets and I do hair out of my house.
JJV: Where have you been featured?
JJV: Answer this. Vintage is: A. A lifestyle B. A hobby. C. Fashion with a conscience D. All of the above.
CB: All of the above.
You can find Christine and Patrick’s site online HERE. Or, click the photo below. Prepare to have your mind blown.