We are beyond thrilled to feature Lisa Rowan, DC’s go-to vintage & consignment expert and the very talented and chic writer behind Quarter Life. Lisa inspires her readers with her amazing vintage finds, how to care for delicate pieces, and most of all, the ultimate insider tips where to find the best vintage and consignment treasures in DC. We are so excited to have her stop by SNOBSWAP and share with us her favorite places to shop, her personal favorite vintage item, and what her top five fave picks on SNOBSWAP!
1. We love your passion for vintage and consignment! Can you tell our readers how you got into blogging about vintage?
I’ve always loved old or old-fashioned things, but blogging about vintage really kicked off after I discovered a mega-thrift store between my house and my office. At least once a week, I’d stop there after work and usually found something interesting for myself or a friend—at a fraction of the retail price. My friends were always asking about my deals, so I started blogging!
2. What is your favorite vintage item and why?
I love vintage clothing, but accessories always fit. I have a few old-school carry-on bags in a whole rainbow of colors. I don’t use them a lot—they’re not exactly practical in our modern world of rolling suitcases—but I have a soft spot for my little collection.
3. Where are your favorite places to shop in DC to score amazing vintage pieces? Favorite street markets?
The 1500 block of U Street and the 14th Street corridor is my go-to spot whenever I’m asked for good places to start hunting. I love that there’s something for every budget, from Martha’s Outfitters, to Junction, to Current Boutique, to Dr. K for the guys!
4. How would you describe DC’s fashion and vintage scene?
It’s exploded so much since I started blogging in 2009. Everyone is jumping on the vintage bandwagon, and I love that. The more the merrier! Especially in this economy, it’s fun to see people getting creative with their wardrobes and stretching their dollars at thrift stores and consignment shops.
5. How would you describe your style?
Minimalistic. I’d rather throw on jeans and a black tee every day than coordinate outfits. But when I have a reason to dress up, boy, do I clean up nice.
6. Finally, what are your top 5 favorite items from SNOBSWAP?