Founder of Poppelle Vintage
After a 25+ year career as a licensed clinical therapist, 2 years ago, I decided to explore my creative side. I did this by purchasing and upcycling pre owned clothing and furniture for eventual resale. Then, after hosting my first Pop-up sale, a customer offered me an opportunity to work for her business downtown, which includes 17 thousand square feet of product, as a wholesaler of vintage clothing, antiques and dead stock. This job put me on a fast track to learning all about high-end antiques, vintage, and the logic of owning an eco-friendly business.
Branching out on my own again, I am leasing antique booths which allows me to continue to expand my knowledge of this genre through the many conversations with various vendors and consumers alike.
Presently, I have scaled back my booths to the 5 most profitable, and am putting more time and energy into collaborating with Chuck Abrahamson and Stevie Kelsey, owner & operators of The Ranch at 141, (theRanch@141.com), which encompasses, the well-established Western Fence Co., as well as a growing community of businesses which include, “Souleshine Campers”, and “Poppelle”, named after my two grand-daughters, Poppy and Elle.
Looking at expanding my team of 2, to 3, I am starting to move products into online shops via Shopify, Instagram, Facebook and co-hosting live events. I love the "hunt" for the unique, and learning about what consumers want to purchase, in order to feel aesthetically better about themselves, and their living spaces. Thus, my interest in joining this community!
Going forward, we hope to expand these businesses into a larger "collective" of other aspiring like-minded entrepreneurs, who are also interested in exploring and expanding their newly discovered creative side as well.