clever nettle's estate sale


clever nettle's estate sale is a curated vintage shop selling mostly clothing, shoes, accessories- all things wearable! Looks inspired by the seasons, fancy runway clothing and classic vintage. Proprietor anja louise verdugo stopped by for a little chat.


Tell me about how you originally got interested in vintage goods.
I spent a lot of time in thrift stores when I was growing up. My mom would take me to church basements, flea markets and little old lady sales, and it was easy for me to see that there was nothing better than getting a good deal on a unique item. I've always looked to the past for inspiration, not so much with general history but with little things, like an old diary, dress or photo. I like how personal and mysterious vintage items can be.

What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
I truly love spending time out in nature. It's so relaxing and interesting, it makes me feel really mellow and refreshed. I love going for hikes, tromping around in the forest, going mushroom hunting (morel season is coming up!)... especially in really secluded areas.

What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your shop?
I am embarrassed to say that at 25 I still don't have a driver's license, so my thrifting spots are limited to places I can get to on the bus. Luckily Portland has a good transit system so it isn't a big deal, but if I had a car I could go on day trips to smaller cities and I would be way more efficient. I want to do thrifting road trips!

What item in your shop would you most like to receive as a gift if someone were shopping for you?
These shoes, but in my size.

I am still bummed that they were too small.

When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
I was a really girly girl when I was little, so I wanted to be all of the classic girl things. Princess, ballerina, marine biologist (what is it with girls and this one?), etc. I held on to the ballerina dream until I was about 14 and decided to quit taking lessons because it wasn't fun anymore. Once I was old enough to understand the true concept of a career I always knew I wanted to work for myself in some way. Now I am way less girly but still wanting to do my own thing.

What other shops or artists out there do you love?
-My friend Lisa is a vintage shoe genius and has a great shop- http://lisazain.etsy.com

-My old roomie Maya makes really cool dolls (I have a growing collection): http://amisdemontagne.etsy.com

-My friend Rebecca is a super painter and makes really rad lockets (amongst other things): http://septembear.etsy.com

-My Canadian (my homeland!) friend Julia has great taste in vintage clothing and sells cool clothes: http://garconniere.etsy.com

What does your future hold?
Hopefully more of the same, but building and growing on what I already have. I've never been happier so I want to continue on this path! I hope to keep selling vintage and making art, hanging out in Portland with other Northwest homies, cooking good food, making jokes and taking it easy.


Visit clever nettle's estate sale at Etsy or at www.clevernettle.com/blog. Don't forget to check the newly-added sale section where all items are $20 or less, for budget-minded folks.