and the police department.
Ken met a woman at a garage sale who ran a weekend booth at the Westport Flea Market (now a restaurant bar) selling vintage clothing. In the early 80s, he joined her and started selling antique housewares on Saturday, as she sold her goods on Sundays.
After about one year, Ken solely ran the flea market booth on both Saturdays and Sundays. He had no formal training in vintage clothing or housewares but had an eye for quality. It was through this business where Ken learned the vintage fashion business trade. He also drew upon his experiences from his paperboy business. Ken began to see the potential of a future in selling vintage and operated the flea market for the next ten years on the weekends.
"I found I had a knack for picking out things that people really liked and recognizing quality."
In addition to his storefront, Ken also purchased a 20,000 square foot Victorian warehouse built in 1884. The building was in the old stockyard district near downtown West Bottoms. He was the first and only retail business in the area for the next 12 years. There was a 1st-floor tenant, storage on the 3rd and 4th floors and he operated a vintage retail store on the 4th floor that was open on Saturdays.
As Ken looked forward towards retirement, he sold the West Bottoms warehouse in 2013 and had a major going-out-of-business sale selling items for less than $15. Ken donated the one ton of clothing left unsold to a West Bottoms charity for recycling - nothing was thrown out!
Ken replenishes his inventory with finds from estate sales, often getting the first call. He purchases inventory outright and does not consign pieces. Ken noted that men's vintage clothing is sometimes ten times harder to find and made special efforts to offer an extensive men's collection - much more than the typical vintage clothing store.
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Kansas City, MO 64111
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