For as long as I can remember liking vintage things in the St. Louis region, I have continuously interacted with, in one shape or another, Donna Knott from Donnaland Vintage Variety. It started when I found her shop in University City, next to The Pageant (the shop is no longer there). I bought one of my favorite little purses that was made out of vintage pulp fiction novel covers and mesh - super cool! Then I discovered that Donna put on estate sales. I went to two before I started selling vintage myself and bought gorgeous costume jewelry pieces for me. Then I got into selling vintage and I started going to more sales, where I picked up beautiful hats, a few great coats and some wonderful dead stock jewelry.
At one of these sales I mentioned wishing I had gotten there earlier for a chance to get more vintage clothing and Donna said six epic words, "You should come to my warehouse." This was the first I've heard of the warehouse and instantly my vintage picking brain started to fixate on the idea. A chance to go into Donna's warehouse?!?!?
Well a few months went by and I figured it was just an off-hand remark, because I hadn't heard back from her after leaving my card. Then, as typical in St. Louis, a "it's a small world" incident occurred. At one of my basement sales in December I met a woman named Kim who does resale and vintage who really thought I should get to know a lady named Janet. Janet also sells a lot of vintage clothing and just so happens to be in one of my teams on Etsy. I looked her up on Etsy and found her linking an invitation to go to the Donnaland warehouse of all things! It turns out, Janet is Donna's sister! I introduced myself via Etsy, sent Donna an email and the rest is history. On one of the first days she's made her warehouse open to the public - I had an appointment!