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Desa Vintage Middletown, CT

Generally speaking clothing from the 1920’s to 1980 is considered vintage clothing. Most vintage clothing has been worn previously, a small percentage of pieces have not been worn. The increased interest in vintage clothing was partly because vintage clothing was being worn by celebrities but with the current state of the environment and the economy the interest has been more about environmental sustainability in terms of reusing, recycling, and repairing rather than throwing things away. Other reasons some people are attracted to vintage clothing is for the quality, vintage clothing was designed to be worn for years and passed on to family members, so they were made of robust materials, well cut and well made with generous seam allowances and hems which would allow for alterations and custom fit, not to mention that the garments generally sell for a cost far below similar new garments. We have all seen the cycle of fashion and fashion design turn to history for inspiration and it happens every day.

If you are looking for a quaint little vintage boutique to visit, you may want to check out “Desa Vintage” located in Middletown, CT. You can find all types of vintage clothing, shoes and jewelry that you wouldn’t find anywhere else and you won’t spend a fortune on it.  Desa Vintage specializes in woman’s apparel and accessories as well as some men’s apparel. The decor is very inviting with vibrant, warm hues and the vintage like light fixtures add just the right touch for the overall look and feel.

The owners are sisters Sandy Fernandes and Debbie Fernandes who decided to open their vintage boutique as a hobby and one day while cruising craigslist, Sandy Fernandes came across a sales listing for a bulk of vintage clothing. They went to see the items in person and loved the idea of a vintage boutique even more.

Their main clientele tend to be the ever trendy and eclectic Wesleyan University students, they also let local artists hang their canvas art on their walls and if the art sells they have a consignment type of agreement.

For more info: Desa Vintage is at 534 Main St. in Middletown  call (860) 704-0870.