Fashion statements come and go with the seasons, but sometimes, they are strong enough to make a comeback. Many vintage and retro elements of the past are returning to once again make a statement.
It’s this cycle that Kasey Harmon and Eric McGuire, owners of Vintage Touch in downtown Blacksburg, are basing their business off of. Vintage Touch is a new store located on North Main Street next to 310 Rosemont that sells vintage, retro, antique and up-cycled items.
The store opened in June, shortly after most Tech students left for the summer, but longtime friends Harmon and McGuire have been working on this project for a year.
Harmon, a native of Radford, felt that the Blacksburg area needed more retro and vintage pieces readily available. She partnered with McGuire, a native of Christiansburg, who has his own shop in Dublin, Va, and sells traditional antiques.
“(McGuire) sells more of what I call ‘your Granny’s antiques,’ but I wanted to sell the more retro, stylish and vintage pieces that college students would enjoy,” Harmon said. “Blacksburg needed something like this.”
The store offers a wide variety of rotating merchandise, which Harmon and McGuire acquire after attending estate sales, auctions and yard sales to find the unique pieces.
The merchandise varies from art pieces to furniture and various decorations that can add a personal touch to an apartment or dorm room. Vintage Touch also offers collectibles like Star Wars figurines, vintage Pepsi and Bud Light signs and antique cameras. Even fashionistas can pick up vintage handbags, broaches and netted pill-box hats to augment their personal style.
Konner Kenley of Christiansburg has been working at Vintage Touch for two weeks. In that short time, he has seen a diverse range of people and merchandise come through the doors.
“We sell a lot of odd stuff in here,” Kenley said. “We just sold an old Batman action figure the other day. There’s a large variety of people who come in here, and everyone seems to enjoy it.”
Harmon, who has worked in retail for 25 years, is confident that college students and older community members alike will fall in love with the unique items sold at the store.
“What I think is so appealing about vintage, antique, and up cycled pieces is that people young and old like to be reminded of home, and that's what our store does,” Harmon said. “There is always something different in our store. It’s a treasure hunt so you never know what you will find.
She hopes that Vintage Touch will do well enough to soon expand to a larger location. She plans to keep the store in the Blacksburg area to continue to cater to the community.