74: Thrifting Like a Pro with Lisa and Cortni of Minneapolis’ Queenie and Pearl
“Something thrifted is always going to be cooler than something you find in a store. No one else is going to have and it’s at a great price.”
Lisa is a lifelong thrifter. Since her early teen years, she feels more relaxed and happier than digging through the racks at a thrift shop. After working for 25 years building other people’s small businesses, she decided it was her turn to make her passion her career and started Queenie & Pearl. Queenie & Pearl started as a Pop Up in 2016. The Brick and Mortar opened in 2018 as a way to combine her love of vintage, fashion, great music + good vibes in one place. It quickly became an online storefront, creative studio, and more surprises coming in 2023.
Cortni started thrifting and collecting vintage basically since the day she got her driver’s license. So when she met Lisa on a photoshoot for Queenie & Pearl, she really felt like she found her home. After collaborating on a number of different projects for about three years, Cortni joined the Queenie team full-time in August of 2021. They have continued to grow and expand the vintage section of the store and are very excited to announce that they will be expanding even further by taking Queenie & Pearl on the road! In 2023, Lisa and Cortni will be taking a van all over the country doing different pop-ups and thrifting along the way with our first stop being in Colorado!
They strive to create a safe space for people to experiment with their style – nothing they love more than helping their customers play dress up and find something that makes them feel amazing.
SHOW HIGHLIGHTS & TAKEAWAYS:
- How Queenie & Pearl grew from pop-up stores to a brick-and-mortar store with a big online presence.
- Helping to promote local artists and their work at their store in Minneapolis.
- Taking Queenie & Pearl on the road!
- Blending denim, Y2K fashion, knitwear, heirloom pieces, and new fashion!
- Top 5 steps to thrifting like a pro!
- Why accessories are often an entry point to thrifting.