Inspired by vintage items? Stop by the Preppy Gypsy and Durham Fashion pop-up shop.

Vintage items like these are available at the pop-up shop // Photo by Zachary Photography

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?

Join my childhood friend Maggie West and me to discover how Preppy Gypsy and Durham Fashion seek to create beauty and style on a budget while inspiring others to do the same.

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.

Follow our Instagram accounts for updates: @preppygypsy  and @durhamfashion.

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