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New Thrift Store Drives Self-Expression and Sustainability | Art Entertainment

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unconventional vintage Newly opened second-hand clothing store in downtown Raleigh featuring unique statement pieces and quality streetwear. Co-owners Julian Jacobs and Alexandria Taylor have supported each other through their vintage shop operations and opened together in June.

“We’re an unconventional pairing, but it works,” said Taylor. “It’s something you don’t expect, but once you have it, it makes a lot of sense.

After a year of friendship, Jacobs and Taylor found the space that would become Unorthodox Vintage. They decided to partner up and create a shop that embraces self-expression and bold fashion choices.

“We balance each other out,” said Taylor. “[Jacobs] I like marketing and management, I like aesthetics and looks. We both have strong suits and don’t step on each other’s toes, so it’s a perfect business marriage.

Jacobs and Taylor love shopping for fashion and secondhand at thrift stores, vintage stores and markets.

“I was interested in fashion, but I didn’t have enough money to buy what I wanted,” Jacobs said. “When I started thrifting, I realized that I could buy fun things and sell things to buy fun clothes.”

Co-owners should remind students who are looking to start their own businesses that they do not need to pay attention to a particular audience and accept all the advice others give you.

“There are many people who can tell you how to do things, but remember that it’s your job,” Jacobs said. “Know what advice to take and what advice not to give. It’s not their business at stake, it’s yours.”

They also encourage everyone to use fashion as an outlet to become independent and confident in themselves.

“Pick up in the store what you’re scared of,” Taylor said. will surprise

Taylor said the store caters to a younger demographic who want to stand out, stand out and get clothes with flair.

“I had never worn what other people were wearing, so when I tried to follow trends, I realized my customer base wanted something different,” Taylor said. “I started buying things I wanted to wear and keep in my closet,” he said.

In the coming weeks, Unorthodox Vintage will join the new pop-up market The Burrow. The market reflects a more intimate version of the state’s Farmer’s Market, allowing you to shop from several vendors and a wide variety of merchandise.

“We want it to be like a farmer’s market, but if someone lives downtown, they don’t have to drive to the farmer’s market,” says Jacobs.

The co-owners also hope to reach out to local schools to educate young viewers about what sustainability in secondhand shopping and fashion looks like.

“Learning about sustainability and clothing recycling is very important to teach,” said Taylor. “Our generation is a generation that cares, so being able to use that knowledge to create sustainable businesses is important.”

The ultimate goal of Unorthodox Vintage is to bring unique creations to Raleigh, empower artists and fashion lovers, and empower young viewers to discover their individuality through fashion.

“I don’t see you very often [people] We want to share this business with the community as much as we do,” said Taylor. “I think it will be a start for breaking through and supporting students to be sustainable and express themselves through clothes.”