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"Crocs are boring."



"It's not what you call stylish," she says of her dark cotton shirtwaist with a peasant neckline and a full skirt. She has cinched it with a belt that has a complicated metal clasp and is wearing knee-high laced boots. "The dress is from the seventies. Well, maybe older: it has a metal zipper," she notes with quick professional appraisal. "The boots are from the eighties." She can't remember how or when she acquired them.

"People who have a knack with style make it stylish" is how she describes her customers and herself. "I don't pay attention to what other people are wearing. I'm always the most dressed-up person in the room," she says calmly.

She gravitates toward vintage clothes because "what most people are wearing is really boring. I think most clothes today are boring." Like? "Crocs are boring. I'm not loving that look. I'm not loving slovenliness or sweats." But she's not unreasonably obsessed with form over function--for instance, down jackets don't bother her: "In Michigan, people need comfortable warm coats; that's got to happen. I was just telling my husband that vintage shoes are beautiful but mostly they're uncomfortable. I wore Dansko clogs while I was setting up the shop."

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