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Vintage Galore!: Pop-up shop raises funds for local charities

By Staff | Aug 9, 2019

From left, Nancy Gregory, of Charles Town, Jan Hafer, of Shepherdstown, and Lynn Yellott, of Shepherdstown, pose in their vintage hats, during the dress-up party at Vintage Galore! on Friday night. Tabitha Johnston

SHEPHERDSTOWN — As Identity Crisis approaches this weekend, community members have already been hard at work, raising $609 for the event’s beneficiary, Breast Cancer Awareness-Cumberland Valley, Inc.

On Friday night, Evolve was filled with community members in vintage clothing, as part of a dress-up party at Vintage Galore! The pop-up shop was hosted by Charles Town resident Nancy Gregory, who donated the majority of the shop’s 150 pieces, the proceeds from which the buyer designated as either going to BCA-CV or to fighting and preventing heavy industry in Jefferson County (which raised $1,715).

“I have helped serve for the VIP event for Identity Crisis in the past,” Gregory said, mentioning her job as a nurse practitioner also align with BCA-CV’s program.

According to Gregory, the four-day event was made possible by the donation of Evolve’s space by owners Jan Hafer and Elise Baach; donation of party food by Pressed Flour, Maria’s Taquieria, Green Pineapple, Grapes and Grains, Heritage Smoked Meats and the Shepherdstown Community Market; and by the additional donation of vintage clothing and accessories by Deborah Rose, Sharon Harman, Ellen Hoffman, Kim Lowry, Kate Didden, Mary Elizabeth Mattlage, Elizabeth Freeman and Sue Cardella.

“I’ve been wearing vintage clothing since I was a teenager,” Gregory said. “I never go to department stores, but I go to thrift stores all the time. A lot of this stuff doesn’t fit me or doesn’t suit me — I bought them because I loved them, but couldn’t use them.”

Joan Bontempo, of Shepherdstown, shops for clothing at the Vintage Galore! pop-up shop at Evolve on Friday night. Tabitha Johnston

The idea for the fundraiser developed organically. Gregory, who is house hunting in Shepherdstown, was downsizing her vintage collection, in preparation for her and her husband’s move, when the idea was suggested by Evolve’s owners.

“I was having a yard sale about three weeks ago, and Jan and Elise came by,” Gregory said. “I mentioned I had 20 hats in my attic I wanted to use for a fundraiser for fighting Rockwool. Because the weekend that was free was right before Identity Crisis, we said, ‘Let’s put it, so it can benefit either BCA-CV or to fight heavy industry in Jefferson County.'”

For Tim Ross, of Shepherdstown, supporting the pop-up shop took on a dual role, as he volunteered his time on Thursday night to man the store, and then returned Friday night with his wife for the dress-up party.

“Tonight I’m here to shop and enjoy the music,” Ross said, before pointing out the vintage find on top of his head. “I got this hat here. My wife’s grandfather was a hatter, and I think the company he worked for ended up being bought by the company that made this hat.”

Ross said the pop-up shop held a number of treasures, which is why he planned to return again on Sunday, with one of his two daughters.

Jamie Gregory, of Charles Town, performs "vintage tunes" for the shoppers at Vintage Galore! on Friday night. Tabitha Johnston

“We’ll be coming back again to shop more on Sunday,” Ross said. “My daughter is coming here tomorrow, so she’ll want to come by and take a look.”