Friday, July 31, 2009 at 8 a.m.
Folks from the Twin Cities who are into vintage fashion love the thrill of the hunt. To find the perfect piece you could drive around for hours hitting up the many thrift stores, boutiques and antique malls around town. Or you could save some time and gas money by making a one-shop-stop into Blacklist Vintage on Nicollet and 27th St. in Minneapolis.
Located on Eat Street, Blacklist Vintage celebrated its one-year birthday last week with a blowout sale where shoppers were invited to hunt through the many dollar bins and do some serious digging for everything from pink moccasins to 1940s hats and Members Only jackets. Locals in head-to-toe vintage attended the weekend-long sale and sidewalk BBQ, the soundtrack to the day provided by Transmission resident DJ Jake Rudh.
It wasn't long before Mumm and Messersmith's collection was flying out the door. They were moving a little too fast for the slow-paced antique die-hards in St. Paul and made plans to spread their wings and open a store of their own. Being savvy business ladies, the women saved money and opened Blacklist debt-free. Despite the nation's lagging consumer spending at top retail stores, Blacklist is booming on its first birthday.
"The first time I saw a girl wearing something from my store was at my husband's (local musician Jeremy Messersmith) CD-release show. I was so thrilled I ran up to her and asked her where she got it," said Vanessa Messersmith. "I'm a lot calmer about it now. I memorize every piece that comes into the store and it's still incredibly flattering to see people out on the town wearing stuff from Blacklist."
Many factors contribute to the store's success. Blacklist's low prices and stylish selections of goods from 1940s - 1980s ranks very high in a city where quality vintage finds are either way too expensive or picked over fast. Take some time to hunt through men's and women's clothing and accessories, records, lamps, furniture, décor, household goods, etc, and you're guaranteed to walk out of the store with a handful of inexpensive one-of-a-kind gems thoughtfully selected by the store's owners.
Upcoming Style Event: Looking to get dolled up in some of your retro finds? Blacklist Vintage is co-sponsoring the official Mad Men Season Three Kick-off Party on August 16 at Jax Café. Fancy dress from the '50s and '60s is encouraged with prizes given all night for best dressed. Doors open at 8:00 with live music of the era following the premier at 10:00 by Lucy Michelle, Jeremy Messersmith, Janey Winterbauer and DJ Jake Rudh. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door.