Local Entrepreneur Hits the Road with Vintage Boutique in Vintage Trailer. Grand opening scheduled for Ivywild School on May 9th.
This summer get ready for Colorado Springs’ trendiest new store. It isn’t your average brick and mortar but a mobile vintage clothing store ... on wheels.
That’s right, owner and operator of Thrift Junkie Vintage Boutique (TJVB), Lauren Salant has taken fashion to the streets. Lauren purchased a 1963 old tow behind camper trailer and renovated the inside to be a fully functional vintage clothing store on wheels. The store comes complete with two custom skylights, full interior dressing room and racks and racks of curated funky high quality reasonably priced treasures. The clothing, shoes and accessories are from the 1940s to present day and range from size 0- 20.
The camper can’t be missed! To fully embody the gypsy feel of an indoor-outdoor store Lauren hand painted the old camper to mimic a 1950’s teal design top with a very new modern southwest bohemian bottom. Salant has lived overseas and around the country picking up tidbits of culture and fashion from every place she found adventure.
Along her journey she also picked up fashion and accessories to one day sell in her boutique. “Both my parents own their own successful businesses. Since I was a child I knew that’s what I was going to do and have been collecting ever since.”
Thrift Junkie Vintages’ concept is based off the tremendous success of food trucks. In the typical food truck fashion she’s taking her products directly to the customers and gets to interact with them up close and personal. In Colorado Springs, the opportunity to grab a quick bite on the go already exists; now with TJVB you can grab an outfit just as quickly.
Lauren said, “I purchased my truck locally from an entrepreneur couple up in Denver who used it as a mobile office.” Since then, it has been gutted and revamped all by Lauren and friends in the community.
Salant hopes to one day work with the other mobile businesses in the city and create an atmosphere like Denver’s popular “Denver Flea” joining unique fashion forward, artist driven businesses together. This is the future of local business in the U.S.