Shop Talk with Hill Vintage, Des Moines, Iowa

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In the warmer months Hill Vintage runs their trunk show out of this 1964 Yellowstone trailer.

In the warmer months Hill Vintage runs their trunk show out of this 1964 Yellowstone trailer.

We’ll never know how we made it this long without the fabulous clothes from Hill Vintage. The midwestern vintage seller has opened our eyes to such finds as a 1970’s flight attendant wrap dress, Jackie Onassis-inspired cardigans and perfectly worn men’s Wrangler button downs. It only gets better with a trunk sale this Saturday at Ephemera in the East Village, Des Moines’s hippest neighborhood. Get to know the packrats behind Hill Vintage’s great inventory as we talk shop with Jessica Miller and Erica Lynn Carnes.

When did you start Hill Vintage?
We met in 2009 and quickly learned that we both had an outrageous amount of vintage clothing. Like, borderline hoarding. In the fall of 2010 we called the doctor and he said to start a vintage clothing business to cleanse ourselves and our closets. Best medical advice we have ever received.

So glad to hear you’re healthy! How many hours a week do you spend thrifting? Any tips for us amateur thrifters?
We are busy ladies so it is really hard to tell. Some weeks will be 10 to 15 hours while other weeks can be as little as one hour. Let’s see, buy what you like and inspect it in good lighting for those pesky stains, holes, and un-kind remnants of former owner love. Don’t be afraid to take a risk. That crazy piece could become your newest staple or maybe it won’t and that’s okay too!

As friends, how far back do you two go?
We met in 2009 at the Des Moines Social Club when Leslie Hall was doing a show. Erica was Leslie’s right hand lady and Jessica was the producer of the talk show. Erica was wearing a Harley tee and Jessica was wearing fringe moccasin boots. It was love at first sight.

The lovely ladies responsible for the fabulous finds of Hill Vintage.

The lovely ladies responsible for the fabulous finds of Hill Vintage.

Jessica, you spend your days styling Des Moine’s finest. Can you tell us about your latest style gig?
Right now, I have a lot of small, normal gigs. The biggest one recently was a wedding dress shoot for dsm Magazine. It was done in a huge victorian mansion in a historic neighborhood in Des Moines. You gotta see the pictures!

Erica, the word around town is that you’re a knitting mastermind. Why are you so good at knitting?
A lot of dedication to my Iowa roots. Oh yes, and my love for grandmas. If you looking for something amazing, commissions are available.

Saturday’s trunk sale will be held in the Des Moines’s East Village. What is the most awesome thing about the East Village?
The business owners. They truly are gems!

This flight attendant dress is just one of the many items available this Saturday at the trunk sale.

This flight attendant dress is just one of the many items available this Saturday at the trunk sale.

We’re smitten with the Yellowstone trailer you use in the summer months for your trunk show. How did the trailer trunk show come to be?
The Iowa winter hibernation period made us miss our shoppers and friends. It was a great way to see both! It also helps that hoarding problem of ours.

It’s a win-win. Any plans for a store front?
Yes, please call us if you are interested in investing!

What are you working on these days?
Taxes and a REAL business plan. Oh and course, Krrbing.

This cat is the real brains behind Hill Vintage's success.

This cat is the real brains behind Hill Vintage's success.

Tell us the truth, who is really in charge at Hill Vintage? Jessica, Erica, or the cat?
It’s a trifecta!

I knew it! Describe Hill Vintage’s style in 3 words.
Eclectic. Fun. Affordable.

Check out Hill Vintage’s trunk sale this Saturday at Ephemera, 505 E. Locust Street in Des Moines, Iowa. If you’re not in the area and still want to get your hands on the goods, visit their Krrb corner for a better look at their inventory.

 
  • Anonymous

    Isn’t it just? They sure will! Just send Hill Vintage a message on the items you’re interested in….

  • Melissa Granders

    Amazing finds! Will you ship to the west coast?