My name is... Michele Stearns

Owner/operator of La Chic Thrift and Vintage, Colorado transplant

Posted 5/30/16

Finding something no one else has

I am the owner/operator of La Chic Thrift and Vintage. I sell women’s vintage clothing, jewelry and accessories such as purses and hats. The jewelry is fun, and there’s a back room full of gowns for special …

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My name is... Michele Stearns

Owner/operator of La Chic Thrift and Vintage, Colorado transplant

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Finding something no one else has

I am the owner/operator of La Chic Thrift and Vintage. I sell women’s vintage clothing, jewelry and accessories such as purses and hats. The jewelry is fun, and there’s a back room full of gowns for special events such as weddings or the 1940s ball.

Most people who come in are looking for something specific. There’s a lot of themed events always going on.

And when you buy something, no one else will have it.

The fun of the hunt

I don’t have a lot of down time because of the shop. But I love road trips and stopping at the little vintage shops along the way.

Going and finding the stuff for the shop is a lot of fun. The hunt is great. I go to garage sales, estate sales, personal sales — there’s a lot of different avenues for acquiring the stuff.

Colorado transplant

I got married very young — I was 19. My husband James and I met at Ventura beach when I was 16. We both lived there and we relocated to Colorado, Summit County, in 1998. It was quite a shock for a California girl.

We have two children. My daughter was born in California, but my son was born here. He’s proud to be Colorado native.

My family and I moved to Golden from Summit County in 2004. We just bought our first house in Morrison last year.

A vintage thrift-tique


My parents had a thrift store in Summit County in the late ‘90s through about 2010. I saw the vintage stuff coming in, and I just knew there was a market for it.

I wanted this place to be a vintage thrift-tique. There’s a focus on vintage, but also recycling for the neighborhood. I never turn donations down. Even if it doesn’t fit the genre, I’ll take it and donate it to a nonprofit.

I opened the shop in 2008. I feel really honored and blessed that the shop has been supported so well. I enjoy talking with the women and helping them find one-of-a-kind vintage pieces. I definitely have made friendships. Golden’s been really good to me.

My name is, Golden, Michele Stearns

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