Meet Heidi Ferguson of Stitches and Rust
I was born into a family of thrifters. Although we were not wealthy my parents had a keen eye for finding hidden gems at thrift stores and estate sales. I guess I caught the bug early on because I remember cutting out of class when I was in 3rd grade to go to a church rummage sale next door and picking up trinkets for my room, and not coming back until the bus took me home. That started my life long obsession with thrifting which eventually turned into my business.
The road has been rocky and windy. I have learned a lot along the way and as I have matured my attitude has changed as well. I think in any business you make mistakes and learn from them and then in turn grow. I have a very giving spirit and have learned to toughen up a bit as people will take advantage of that and have. Having set up two brick and mortars without loans or assistance is something I recommend to people starting out. Not only did it save money, you also get to put your signature on every item and fixture in your shop.
I own a Vintage and Handmade boutique specializing in men’s and women’s vintage clothing from the 40’s to the 90’s, vintage housewares and handmade/upcycled clothing that I make in house. We are known for our wide variety of eclectic finds and also for our one of a kind handmade items, which sell out very quickly. We are incredibly affordable as we buy low we are able to sell low and pass the savings on to our customers. We found that most vintage out there was way overpriced and we wanted to create a space that catered to everyone from the starving student, to the single parent to the middle class either, etc Additionally, our men’s selection is as large as our women’s, something we have not found in most vintage shops.
Success for me is measured by what imprint I’m leaving on my customers. That is inclusive of great finds, a fun and friendly atmosphere and also what knowledge I can pass along. I am not stingy with where great deals are to be had and I’m also not in this for the money. If I have enough to pay my bills and make people happy with passing on a unique item, that’s success in my eyes.