Today we’d like to introduce you to Kirsten Reiss and Patrick DeWit.
The road to Daydream was decided by a series of serendipitous events. Kirsten had been managing a small business buy/sell/trade store in San Diego and Patrick was drumming in a couple of bands. After visiting LA for the day, we came back to our apartment to find a 60-day notice that our lease was terminated. Turns out, the 1970’s apartment complex sold management properties, consequentially kicking out all residents. The classic remodel and raise rent routine. It was in that moment, we decided to chase a dream and finally move to Los Angeles. For two small-town Virginians, our starry-eyed adolescent selves were smitten.
Both coming from households raised around yard sales and thrift stores, this was second nature. We spent the next few weekends scoping out local fleas and planned our attack. Reselling full time wasn’t an easy feat. It took long, laborious hours that particularly started before sunrise. With the love and guidance from fellow vendors, we were able to show up every weekend and sling our forgotten treasures.
LA has such a strong, authentic vintage community. Every friend we’ve made along the way has been from market life. Whether they stepped in our tent or sold alongside of us, they became family. We are honored to share our story and will continue to daydream from a social distance of course.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Insanely challenging and unbelievably satisfying all at once. Every market would present its challenges because nothing is predictable when it comes to an outdoor market. Working together as Husband and Wife is a journey in itself. It was the best of times it was the worst of times.
Please tell us about Daydream Vintage.
Bright and bold! Men and women’s vintage from the 80s and 90s. Both of us were born in 1989, year of the Snake. Can’t escape our 90s roots. Patrick specialized in collecting/repurposing Sony Walkman’s along with VHS and collectibles.
If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
Not a darn thing. We learned best for our mistakes. Trial and error is what gives you character.
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