Rachel March is a vintage force to be reckoned with. Her online store Tuesday Vintage is a whirlwind of retro sports tees, patterned cut-offs and ’90s dresses back for their second round of loving. All pieces are one-off and carry the sort of price tags that won’t relegate you to a diet of Maggi noodles and musk sticks. With pennies left in your pocket, the world is your oyster. Dine responsibly friends.
You can check out the goods at www.tuesdayvintage.com,Â follow all the new stock and sale updates on Tuesday Vintage Facebook, and heart the living daylights out of Rachel’s Instagram pics @TuesdayVintage.
Browse the gallery, then get to know Rachel in our interview below as she discusses the ins and outs of running your own vintage store.
What was the house you grew up in like?
I grew up in a gorgeous Victorian federation house that was built in 1910.Â My parents decorated it with amazing antique furniture; it had stained glass windows and a big backyard. When I was eleven, they sold the house, bought a huge block of land and built an architecturally designed eco tree house.Â Living through both environments really taught me to appreciate a really wide and eclectic mix of design which I am super grateful for!Â It really reflects my style of buying for Tuesday Vintage.
What were you like as a kid?
What did you study, and how did you start your own business?
I studied Graphic Design through TAFE and then went on to study Fashion Business and Design at FBI Fashion College in Sydney.
My mother would take my sister and I op-shopping (otherwise known as ‘thrifting’ as the cool kids call it now days) when we were younger which is where my love and appreciation for vintage started. I would buy things and pack them away into boxes thinking, ‘Oh Iâ€™ll just have a market in Bondi one weekendâ€¦â€™ Five years and eight rentals later I just decided it was time to do something about the boxes of clothing I’d been hoarding for a number of years and started selling them on Etsy, then Instagram. Eventually, I saved enough money to start a proper business and now here I am!
Why the name Tuesday Vintage?
Tuesday was the name of my pet rabbit. I had him for four years, he was the best. Tuesday everything and forever.
What were your jobs before this?
Believe it or not, after I finished graphic design and before I started studying at FBI I was a veterinary nurse! I wanted to go on and study veterinary science, except I literally ended up creatively drained. I loved working with animals and was always so fascinated by animal science, but I had no creative outlet whatsoever, which eventually drove me insane. So I quit nursing and went to study fashion business and design, did a bit of interning, worked retail etc.
Then I had a gap year, met my partner and we made a baby! Best year ever.Â Now Iâ€™m a stay-at-home mama to Phoenix, who recently turned one, and the owner ofÂ Tuesday Vintage.
Do you have a store premises, or is it purely online?
Online forever! Being online enables me to both work from home and be a stay-at-home mum to Phoenix.Â I absolutely love working from home and having my little dude around, itâ€™s the best ever! Challenging at times of course, but I wouldn’t change it for anything.
What do you look for when buying clothes?
I’m always sourcing both seasonal and timeless pieces of clothing. I canâ€™t even explain the feeling I get during the meetings with my suppliers. The other day one of them was like ‘Oh I thought you might like thisâ€™ and it ended up being this RIDICULOUS Mickey Mouse tee from the â€™80s…Â Mickey’s sipping out of a pineapple in one hand, and is lifting his wayfarers with the other, and winking. I am still losing my mind over it!
I only sell one-off pieces to ensure that my customers can somehow experience that same feeling I get when I do my buying! The feeling of buying something so rad and knowing that no one else can go and buy the same thing is so priceless.
Whatâ€™s the best thing youâ€™ve found in a vintage store?
A vintage Carla Zampatti dress from the â€™90s (I paid $8 for it). Itâ€™s a floor-length, long-sleeved black velvet dress. It is such a timeless piece, I will treasure it forever.
Ever tempted to keep the clothes instead of sell them on?
Every day! It is literally, SO, so hard. I want to keep everything! It is really lovely seeing them go to such amazing people though, I have some really lovely and supportive customers. I love seeing them in their Tuesday Vintage gear too, it warms my heart.
Whatâ€™s the last thing that kept you up at night?
I was up until 4.30am two nights ago updating the Tuesday Vintage website!
What are your favourite local Sydney haunts?
Things: Mitchell Road Antique and Design Centre in Alexandria for homewares and everything else (if you haven’t been, go soon!).
Food: 4 Ate 5 or Gnome â€“ both on Crown Street, Surry Hills. Oh, how could I forget, Bourke Street Bakery.
Drinks: If I got the time to go to bars you’d find me at the Shady Pines Saloon in Darlinghurst, or Tios in the city.
All photography by Michelle Lobb.
Words of Thanks
I wouldn’t have been able to do it without the help or guidance from my beautiful mentor and aunty, Suzanne McNaughton, A former designer and creator herself. My grandfather, Geoff James for investing into the business, my amazing photographer and friend Michelle Lobb, and all of our beautiful models. My amazing friends and family (you know who you are), especially Dallas and Phoenix â€“ I really wouldn’t have gotten through the last year without you guys.