Jeremy and Kelsey Turner initially wanted to open a vintage store, but after checking out some of the mobile shops in Portland, Oregon, thought their very own shop-on-wheels might be neat.
"Well, why not? ..." Jeremy said about the concept, "I watched Craigslist for a month or two, scoping out all types of vehicles, RVs, trucks, buses ..." Eventually he came across a 1980s school bus with a working engine and, well, that was that.
When the bus isn't parked in the Turner's Lower Greenville driveway, it's out selling treasures, or at least it will be as of tomorrow.
The Vintage Mobile makes is grand debut on Saturday, July 9, where it'll be parked outside of the Belmont Hotel. What will the shop have? "Let me tell you," Turner said, as he walked into his living room to sift through the goods. "Awesome dresses from the '50s to the '80s, tour T-shirts, cowboy boots, old sunglasses, all kinds of knickknacks."
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He gets his merchandise from all over -- thrift stores, garage sales, eBay, and there will even be some items from Gratitude Vintage, the same place his friends Jenni and Tyler Odom got the stock for last month's Deep Ellum pop-up shop.
The Vintage Mobile's grand opening shindig, kicks off at the Belmont Hotel at 11 a.m. Saturday. The first 25 people to show up on Saturday will receive a complimentary breakfast burrito from Taco Joint, hidden in five of which there will be five golden tickets. The five lucky recipients of the tickets will receive 25% off their Vintage Mobile purchases for life.
The golden ticket idea, clearly borrowed from Charlie/Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory, is a way to get people down there early for the best selection (which is always in a vintage clothing shopper's best interest), and a clever one at that. "We're weird, we're really weird," Turner said, half-laughing.
Nah, not weird. The Vintage Mobile sounds pretty fun, and well-dressed at that.