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New treasures await at Vintage Apparel: Made in Cleveland

Jul 17, 2017 05:00PM ● Published by Today's Family

By Laura Lytle

What is old is new again, or so it seems when it comes to fashion trends over the decades and the clothing at Vintage Apparel: Made in Cleveland has hundreds of treasures for people to find.

The latest pop-up shop in Cleveland Heights offers vintage fashions for women and men, even teens, all made in Cleveland – and never been worn.  The items cover all seasons and styles ranging from the late 1950s, 60s, 70s and even 80s.

“People ask me how I found this deal… but the truth is it found me.  I’ve been in the vintage toy business for many years, and have received all kinds of calls, but I had a feeling that this one was different.  Thankfully my good friend Debbie Gulyas agreed to go with me and our find was truly amazing,” said Steve Presser, owner of the Big Fun store on Coventry Road.

What they found was a warehouse full with boxes and boxes of unworn vintage clothing.

“Everything is new and made with high-end quality materials, even though it is vintage.  Some styles are funky and cool while others are more conservative.  A few of our dresses could even fit into any of today’s fashion magazines,” added Presser.

Also, most items were made local by Cleveland knitting mills, who contracted with local sources to make 100% cottons, wools and blends.  The clothing includes many labeled brands, including Sears & Roebuck, Kerryrooke, Jack Winter, Van Heusen and Pendelton.

Because the fashions were a special buy, not every item has a range of colors and sizes.

“We have a lovely summer cotton dress in purple and pink, but there is only one size in purple and a several in the pink.  Also, since sizes today are labeled different than they were 40 years ago, we recommend people try something on before they take it home and find out it doesn’t fit like their other clothes,” said Presser.

There are five dressing rooms at Vintage Apparel and tons of mirrors.  The staff can also give advice on which sizes to try first and how to blend the fashions into your own style.  While most of the vintage clothing is for women, there are still several great items for men.  Teens and young girls can reinvent a tunic into a dress with belt and fit well in the smaller labeled sweaters.

Nothing in the collection costs more than $45. Many of the items are just $15 or $20.
Vintage Apparel is open Tuesdays–Saturdays noon to 8 p.m., Sundays noon to 6 p.m. and closed on Mondays.  The shop will be open until August 15, though Presser hopes to stay open through the holidays.

Discover your own treasure in store at 1782 Coventry Road in Cleveland Heights or find out more on their Facebook page.
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