BLOG

Outta the Hatch

Outta the Hatch

A very significant part of being quarantined in Italy was, strangely, missing Italy. I recognized the prominent emotion that kept bubbling up,  it was that feeling of yearning for Italy; the bee bop, the bull-shitting with strangers, the time-consuming rituals, the...

The Pursuit of Personal Vintage

The Pursuit of Personal Vintage

This year for me has been the year of picking private collections. Italians have opened up their homes, their closets and their past to me for a number of different reasons. Some want to make a little extra cash, some need help at a time of loss and some just want to...

La Serenissima

La Serenissima

Nearly four years after the first time I set off to Venice with my new passion project Modern Thrifter, we returned to this divinely beguiling city with one more year under our belt and reason to celebrate. The second time around we were greeted again with a magical...

Local Loop

Local Loop

As per the norm after a long glorious year of stalking vintage in Italy, I was biting at the bit to source form my local "loop" opshops that I have been obsessively hunting in since I got a drivers license and inherited my old lipstick-red Volvo in 1999. This...

Voglia d’Estate

Voglia d’Estate

Sorry, not sorry but "desire for summer" just sounds better in Italian. This has been the longest winter, so summer is all I can think about. And the fact that my job requires me to make sure that vintage shops have their perfectly curated summer threads timed with...

Valentines Vibes with Candied Hearts

Valentines Vibes with Candied Hearts

This Candied Hearts 2017 photo shoot was styled by my dear client Moth Oddities, a great team that exudes creative excellence.  Enjoy those sugary Valentine’s Day vibes from this photo shoot featuring two of my loves: The Italian sherbet skirt and the San Francisco...

TGI-FENDI

TGI-FENDI

Autumn showers bring Fendi flowers. I left early for a night out in the lovely Ligurian town of Chiavari with my friend and long-time collaborator Michele.  If you know me, you’ll know that I am on the hunt every time I board a train. The fact that it was not market...

#MTWant Starring Rocco

#MTWant Starring Rocco

In a world full of hashtags, what the h--- does #MTWant mean?! #MTWant is a hashtag I created, thanks to input from my collaborators at Moth Oddities, to help my clients discover what pieces are still for sale in the "Virtual Closet".  Sometimes, I can’t believe that...

Italian Vintage in Pieceology’s Cozy Creek

Italian Vintage in Pieceology’s Cozy Creek

So, as you already know, I buy vintage for curated vintage shops. I source the majority of my clothing, accessories, and objects year-round in Italy, and I also do some vintage hunting when I visit California. Over the years, Pieceology Vintage, a client and friend,...

A Peek at My  Parisian Finds

A Peek at My Parisian Finds

So if you followed my invigorating buying trip in Paris via IG or FB you already know how hyped I am about what I got and how I got it.  In all honesty, I was nervous to do my thing in the iconic City of Light, land of antiques and coolness. I mean, I am totally used...

On the streets of New York Fashion Week ’17

On the streets of New York Fashion Week ’17

As I was trying to live the style of New York vicariously through the internet from my little Italian seaside home I was so stoked to see that I was there in spirit through my vintage treasures. While perusing the almighty Manrepeller article Best of NYFW Street Style...

Thrift Gods Do Exist

Thrift Gods Do Exist

This Sunday I set off for a new market, a new adventure. I really need new turf because I had cleaned my trail of highly requested religious medals and I needed some stat! In this line of work you can't just order more or go the store and but some new stock you have...

A Little Vintage Exercise

A Little Vintage Exercise

  Sunday is always a good market day. This particular Sunday I did not have two or three markets planned like usual, but I did have something in mind. Since it was quite far form my new place I set out via jogging to get there fast and see what I was working...

Indian Summer -Fall 2016

Indian Summer -Fall 2016

Indian Summer celebrates that amazing time in Italy that we call September where the sun graces us like summer, but the mood is settling into comfy autumn. It is unique, lively and the beautiful weather gives you the freedom to dress however you would like. Here are...

Oldest Antique Market in Firenze Uprooted

Oldest Antique Market in Firenze Uprooted

As I have mentioned before, it is quite a miracle to be in the right place at the right time for killer vintage markets in Italy. I manage because it is all I do, but for those of you just visiting Italy it is sometimes impossible. Since I have earned the name as...

Newsflash: My fave summer market is year round

Newsflash: My fave summer market is year round

So you may remember my gushy article about my favorite Ligurian summer market that pops up in August when other markets are on hiatus. I waited all year for it. No need this year! Throughout the winter I saw that this market was happening more frequently this year....

Finding Topolino

Finding Topolino

It all started with a beautiful ticket to a beautiful train. I had a tip that this market was a good one. I have found that it is typical in Northern Italy for markets to happen twice a week like Wednesday and Saturday or Tuesday and Saturday etc... I love this...

Runaway – Summer 2016

Runaway – Summer 2016

  When in constant motion of collecting, cleaning, and selling, sometimes I just have to stop, appreciate and capture the beauty of what I have thrifted in this bountiful country. I took advantage of having the avid modern thrifter and talented woman Nina...

Venezia: Land of the Amazing Church Shops

Venezia: Land of the Amazing Church Shops

I really did not know what to expect thrift-wise when I got to Venice. My Italian girlfriend-turned-sister who has been by my side throughout all my years in Italy lives in the center of this beautiful city and mapped out every possible spot for me to get elbow deep...

Cinque Terre Thrift

Cinque Terre Thrift

My morning in Levanto was packed as usual not your typical dolce vita fare niente over here ( you can't not hear my sarcasm, right?).  I had a great morning collecting sea glass and speaking English with my little buddy Edo. Next on the list was visit girlfriend who...

Storie in Italy Jewelry

Storie in Italy Jewelry

For many years I manned a gallery (aka my workshop) and instead of a 9-5 it is an more like a 10ish to 7ish leaving Sunday for vintage picking at markets! I work with a dynamic duo made up of a fellow Californian Michele and Italian artist Antonio, and with a local...

Seasonal Style

Seasonal Style

So when you think markets and thrifting you probably don't think that the clothing changes with the seasons like it does in stores. Think again! The Italian interpretation of what you should wear and when you should wear it is rigid and transcends even into markets...

Modern Thrifter in the … New World!

Modern Thrifter in the … New World!

I know it is not so "old world" of me to be tearing up thrift stores stateside, but as I enjoy the holidays with my family I cannot help but work, play and thrift. So while working with Pieceology Vintage I decided to show off for owner April and take her on my long...

The Summertime Soffita

The Summertime Soffita

This market, unlike others, takes place 2 weeks in August when most of the country is on vacation and my markets are on hiatus.  I have been going to for years that takes that takes place in a gorgeous little city. Vendors are tucked in every quaint nook and cranny,...

Thrift Envy

Thrift Envy

If it as happened to you, you know exactly what I am taking about. There is a strange emotion that comes with being a true thrifter. We are torn...do we share, do we invite someone to the market with us?  I suggest you do spread the wealth and if you are unsure invite...

Popcorn Garage Market Milano

Popcorn Garage Market Milano

CasciNet's Popcorn Garage Market. Imagine this: an ancient peaceful farmhouse-right out of a movie about Americans escaping their dreary lives and moving to heartfelt Italy- just thirty minutes outside of the hustle and bustle of Milan.     The initial...

My Favorite Finds: Relics of the Paninari

My Favorite Finds: Relics of the Paninari

It is a secret to no one, I love the 80's. I loved the tail end that I got to grow up in and kept elements alive in what I wore, under the scrutiny of my peers, until it came back in to style in the early 2000's. What I loved most about 80's style was the complete...

Summertime in the “City”

Summertime in the “City”

I have no excuse for my blogging absence  . . . oh wait, I do! It was the middle of August in Italy where Italians shut down and socialize in the sun for two weeks! So I will pretend I was doing that.     After an illuminating workshop with creative peeps in...

Keep Your Wingwomen Close and Vintage Closer

Keep Your Wingwomen Close and Vintage Closer

As I walked up from the underground stop I could hear the pitter-patter of curious feet and walked right into the market. There were vendors shooting off from every surrounding street.  I really just scratched the surface, both due to the heat and my desire not to...

Antique Market Social Club

Antique Market Social Club

My relationships with my vendors at this amazing antique market grew along side my business grew and they have always remained my firsts; my nearest and dearest. And the best part at this lively antique market they keep the good stuff concealed until they see me pass...

Rummage Hard but Never Forget to Look Up

Rummage Hard but Never Forget to Look Up

I have been going to this  market in this small elegant Ligurian city for years and the great selection at the market reflects this city's reputation for being the place to shop. This riverea town is a harmonious mix of Italian village and city. The city is known by...

Sunday Surprise

Sunday Surprise

As I have mentioned before it is a science to figure out what markets are where and when, markets are scheduled on a certain dates and times  and some markets feel like just pop up out of nowhere. They are the best ones because they are like a diamond in the rough. An...

Thrifting my Way Back to my Tuscan Roots

Thrifting my Way Back to my Tuscan Roots

I know I promised not to be sappy, but a little family history will make this story that much more special. My grandmother, Nonna, as everyone appropriately called her, grew up in Livorno, Italy. She loved it, she missed it. She talked about it all the time....

Every Serious Thrifter Needs a Trusty Calzolaio

Every Serious Thrifter Needs a Trusty Calzolaio

Being a rescuer of clothing and footwear from past generations also comes with the obligations and responsibility of restoration.  This means that you need to get yourself a good cobbler. In Italy these small un-publicized bottegas are quite common and I blush...

Vintage in the Rough

Vintage in the Rough

Since I blabbed your ear off last post I will keep this one short and sweet and very visual, promise.  As small Italian cities grow and diversify the presence of more and more second-hand vendors form all over the world have started to become more often tan not! These...

FOLLOW ALONG