Maiden Rapture Vintage

Everything you will find at Maiden Rapture Vintage was hand-picked by stylista extraordinaire Desiree!

Tell me about how you originally got interested in vintage goods, Desiree.
When I moved into Portland at the age of 18 my friend started taking me thrift shopping with her. Once I found that first "needle in the haystack" (a 1974 peach colored french-cut t-shirt with a big iron on of Paul McCartney's very sweaty and drunk looking face), it was all over from there! I've been reselling vintage clothing for almost 10 years now.

What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
Kiss my boyfriend. Eat. Travel. Explore. Take pictures. Shop. Sleep. In that order.

What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your business?
Well, this is the first time I've ever sold my vintage clothing exclusively online.... so to say that I've developed a massive addiction to the internet in the last year since I got this business running would be a pretty hefty understatement..... That's my biggest challenge. Internet addiction.

What item in your shop would you most like to receive as a gift if someone were shopping for you?
I just love this necklace.

And if I were a guy, this jacket would make me feel like struttin' it!

When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
Haha, that's a funny questions because I was just telling my boyfriend yesterday about how I wrote in my 3rd grade journal that I either wanted to be a Paleontologist.... or a Model. I never became either, but I still love traveling to strange and remote places to explore, and obviously I am still obsessed with fashion. I guess as a child I felt the same pull between city life and the life of a traveler as I still do today....

What other shops or artists out there do you love?
It's rare that I actually shop online because I spend so much time during the week shopping for my store... but these are a few online shops I do love to visit and peruse.... and drool over:

Nasty Gal Vintage has always been and always will be a favorite.

I love how you can shop by the decade at Dorothea's Closet.

I love looking at these sites for modern clothing:

What does your future hold?
Don't be afraid to DREAM LARGE! My future holds a big house in San Francisco near Golden Gate Park, many trips around the world in a yacht, a couple of well behaved, intelligent, beautiful children, happiness and health throughout my family, a thriving clothing business, and a really sexy, silver Jaguar.

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