Meredith Martindale is the founder of Preppy Gypsy.
How is the way we make a house a home an extension of style? How is the way we dress ourselves an expression of identity?
I originally launched Preppy Gypsy during a summer break while working as an elementary school teacher. Browsing estate sales and flea markets served as a creative outlet, and I was frequently asked by friends to help arrange and decorate new apartments and homes. In helping them, I noticed that many young professionals wanted beautiful, unique home items but could not afford boutique prices. I seized the opportunity and began selling things through a blog and social media. This work prompted me to later leave the classroom and pursue a career in PR and marketing, and Preppy Gypsy continues to be a fun side gig for me.
For Maggie, Durham Fashion began as a creative outlet and a way to share how it’s possible to do fashion on a budget. Her entire wardrobe is made up of items from thrift shops, and she enjoys helping others do the same. The Durham Fashion Instagram account offers a daily glimpse into her style and its affordability. She began buying for customers this summer.
Come to our vintage pop-up shop Saturday
To offer the chance for others to shop our curated wares and “wears,” we co-hosted a summer pop-up shop that included art, decor, china, linens, lace, hand-planted succulents in tea cups, clothing, accessories and jewelry. It was so successful we decided to continue doing regular pop-ups. Our next one is Saturday, Sept. 23, noon to 8 p.m. at Ponysaurus Brewing.
We love searching high and low for unique, one-of-a-kind pieces and find the greatest joy when customers discover treasures that reflect their style and identity. To shop for hand-picked items without breaking the bank, we’d be delighted for you to join us Saturday. RSVP to the Facebook event.
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