One of the most asked questions is "HOW did you ever come up with the idea of Vintage Diversity?"
I tell them...I didn't. I just followed my bliss and let it evolve to what and where it is today!
I opened my boutique in the fall of 2001 in a 10'x10' booth in an antique mall in Boca Raton, Florida.
After marrying in 1993, had my daughter in 1995 and leaving the corporate world in 1996, I enjoyed my creative freedom by working part time at a ladies upscale consignment shop while raising my young daughter. Not able to sit still at the shop, I began designing window displays and merchandising the shop's inventory. Surprising to me, my work became the envy of similar shops in the area, but not for long. In six months I began sharing my talent with many shops in Boca Raton and Deerfield under the name of "Creative Diversity". In between being a wife, mother and working in a consignment shop, I decided to secure a booth at a local antique mall. I found it very relaxing to frequent thrift shops, flea markets and estate sales "picking" for the unusual vintage piece. Then my home became a swinging door for vintage clothing and collectibles. I loved cleaning, restoring and displaying items and clothing in my booth. It was almost like playing store!
I gave my small funky booth boutique the name "Vintage Diversity"..
After six months my tiny space became an attractive source for large, established vintage shops in Miami, NYC, Chicago and LA. After receiving the news the mall was to be torn down for a high rise condo, Vintage Diversity relocated to a 500 square foot shop on Wilton Manors Island in the center of Fort Lauderdale. In just a few months the local "Drive" known as "antique alley" attracted patrons to my flair for the funky & unusual. The size of my tiny store became too small so Vintage Diversity moved to a 1000 square foot shop on the same block. In a very short time my business took a turn when someone asked me if they could just rent the bell bottom pants for the night.
From that point, I began providing era costume rentals to all of South Florida.
The rest is history!
In 2005, I purchased a building on Prospect Road in Oakland Park, Florida where my vintage clothing, costume, collectibles & prop rentals grew my business by leaps and bounds into the 3000 square foot vintage wonderland. I even for rent my 1966 Mustang Convertible which has been rented on numerous occasions for photo shoots and on location film and television mini-series sites.
After 16 years in business, I still provide the best quality vintage pieces and props to the film, television and photography industries. As well as, individuals and groups for era theme parties, conventions, bar/bas mitzvas, mile-stone birthdays, class reunions, family reunions, and charity events and of course Halloween!
It's been quite a journey and the growth is exciting! But, the demand for what Vintage Diversity has to offer has reached a point where the showroom is not enough. I have added online buying to the mix with over 300 select pieces I decided to share with a global audience. So if you're looking for quality? Go to the shopping page and click on my ETSY STORE "Revival of the Fittest".
It doesn't end there folks!
Also available in our showroom is my personal "Pupa Doll" line of vintage redesigns AND Rockabillly/Pin-Up vintage inspired pieces for sale. The "Pupa Doll" label also includes a fine quality rockabilly/pin -up line from Europe that will accommodate US sizes 2-18.
In addition, our back storeroom has been converted to a photo studio, including a make-up and hair station, and all inclusive photography rental studio managed by our in house professional photographer, Chris Correa. You may contact Chris at 305-615-0343 for rates and further information on availability, layout and studio instruction.