Picky Jane Vintage: Out with the New, in with the Old
Meet Simona Sabo, the wardrobe stylist and fashion designer behind the Picky Jane vintage clothing shop.
Simona opened the shop in spring of 2018 out of a love for travel and appreciation of all things vintage, but she says a shop of her own wasn’t originally one of her goals. It was a trip to Hotbox Vintage many years ago that inspired her to expand on her hobby of selling vintage finds at flea markets. (Fun Fact: Picky Jane now sits in Hotbox Vintage’s old location on Meridian Ave)
Raised in South Pasadena, Simona has always felt a connection to the town and enjoys being back in the community, meeting the locals and sharing her found treasures with her customers.
Read her interview:
What inspires your continued work in this field of business?
It has never been a goal of mine to open a shop but almost 9 years ago when I visited Hotbox Vintage I was so charmed by what Delilah did with an old lawnmower shed. At the time I had just been selling vintage clothing as a hobby once a month at flea markets. After seeing Hotbox, the idea just stuck with me and I wanted to put my own spin on the space. Now I am able to share my collection of found treasures on a full time basis.
What do you enjoy most about doing business in South Pasadena?:
Because I was raised there, I’ve always still felt very rooted there even though my family and I left so long ago. It’s always been a special place for me. I enjoy being back in the community and meeting the locals and much of the time their kids and pets too. These acquaintances have also introduced me to the lovely ladies who help me run my shop. South Pasadena, particularly mission street was antique row when I was a kid. It’s an awesome feeling being able to share my found treasures with the community and knowing they see the beauty in the pieces they bring home from the shop. Finally, the neighboring business owners and Laurie at the Chamber have shown support and have welcomes me back into this sweet city that’s so unique and unlike anywhere else in Los Angeles. Isn’t it just so cool that we all got so drawn to the charm of South Pasadena?
What is your favorite local spot?:
What do you think everyone should do at least once in their lives?:
Visit a place that you have never been to before and be totally open to being pleasantly surprised by finding out that there is profound beauty and goodness in the people of every culture no matter how different it is from your own.
Where is the best place you’ve traveled to and why?:
For me, this is an impossible question to answer because I have visited almost every continent. I recently returned from a 2 week trip to Morroco and I have been deeply impacted by the culture there. I met such generous, sweet people who openly showed me so much kindness and generosity. Everything from the spices to the artisan work, the architecture to the food was mind blowing! I loved getting lost in the alleys of the medinas and finding smiling faces and so much aroma and color. Its such an inspiring place for anyone who has the privilege to see it.
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