This week Painted Lady Trading vintage shop announced its store-front, at 939 College St, is closing in January. However, the online store will remain, store associates said.
“I have been blessed with the ability to follow my dreams and create these passion projects. I could not be more thankful to the people who have made that possible for me,” owner Jamie Cleary Derossett stated in an announcement on the local business’ Instagram account.
For two years at the location in historic downtown Bowling Green, the store-front provided an oasis for the vintage aficionado or conscious consumer.
“I started thrifting for durability,” thrift fan and vintage t-shirt collector Danelle Nelms said. “I used to only shop at places like H&M, Forever 21 and ASOS but always ended up b------g with nothing to wear because my clothes would ruin after one wash solely because of poor material quality and fast production.”
With items dating as far back as the 1930s, customers came in to avoid fast fashion by shopping small and sustainably. When Nelms, a former store associate assisted customers it was a love for the item purchased, rather than guilt.
The industry creates 1.2 billion tons of CO2 emissions a year from harvesting fabric, making the clothing and shipping, which is more than shipping and aviation combined. It also contributes to 20 percent of water pollution with the dying of fabric, chemical fertilizers and run-off in productions.
Painted Lady Trading recently celebrated nationally recognized event: Small Business Saturday, an American shopping holiday held the Saturday after Thanksgiving during one of busiest shopping periods of the year.
“We’ll continue to utilize our online presence, set up at the occasional pop-up or two, and maybe even have a booth space at our favorite antique mall!” store associate and social media marketer Lauren Culbreth said. “We won’t be gone for good, I assure you.”
To continue being a small business supporter - spread the word about shopping small all year long and as Painted Lady Trading has, bring community and local businesses or merchants together by hosting events in celebration of the Shop Small Movement. Culbreth (handcrafted herbal skin care @salve.ation and Derosset (professional microblading and microshading at Carters Tattoo @paintedladybrows and jeweler @paintedladysilver) are also part of the BG Makers community.
Clients with “large, large amounts” can contact Painted Lady Trading directly for queries.
“The entire store--excluding most local makers items-- is BOGO (buy one get one half off) through this week and sales in January leading to the last week in the store-front,” Culbreth said.
“We will be closing mid to late January,” Derossett said. “I urge everyone with pending store credit to stop in, grab some goods and take advantage of some great sales all month long.”