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Rising Stars: Meet Ricky Magana

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ricky Magana.

Hi Ricky, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
My vintage journey started back in 2011 while working at a firm in the mailroom while going to college. I was 21 years young and sought to buy the latest fashion trends and resell. I saw the opportunity of buying and reselling SnapBack hats from supreme on eBay and to the local community. In that scene, Sean Wotherspoon of Round Two reached out in social media and asked if I’d sell one of my Kaws statues that I posted on social media. From there, he invited me to his store, Round Two in Melrose, where I learned what vintage clothing and selling was all about.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
It has been quite the journey to say the least. When I started, I soon realized that going to local thrift stores for “digging” would not suffice. Then I had a struck of luck out of a conversation with my parents. Here I was trying to explain to my dad the value and business there was behind vintage clothing and he said there was a friend of his who had a warehouse that would dispose and recycle shirts that fit the description but he wasn’t sure. From there, I met the friend, he let me sort through the items after a long persuasion game. But then, he sold the warehouse which brought me back to square one and had to renegotiate my terms with the other owner and so on. I then had the opportunity to travel early 2020 to Guatemala where I was able to work with someone who now ships items out to me.

From there, it’s been a personal and family effort to finding these and building connections with other suppliers. I started and continue selling pieces at local flea markets (Covid permitting). First flea markets prior to the restrictions due to Covid were Pasadena City college and the Rosebowl. In June of 2020, I lost my mom unexpectedly which not only turned my world upside down, but it also crushed me mentally. One of the last conversations we had prior was that she was confident my business would prosper and she knew I’d succeed before the end of the year. That conversation, and a bit of luck, brought me to the decision to open Rag House.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I take pride in the appreciation for hand-selecting my vintage items that make it to the store and auctions. Therefore I enjoy teaching others about the value in vintage fashion. I especially love to build relationships from the whole sellers who come to my shop from overseas, to the first-time buyer who purchases their first vintage item. I believe there’s enough vintage to go around which is why I keep my prices at a comfortable price point both for the buyers as well as for my ROI since I do the picking solo. I can pretty much tell you every single piece I own and “grails” I sell. I enjoy the stories and experiences along the way in finding these, it’s like a treasure hunt every time!

Before we go, is there anything else you can share with us?
Yes! I did mention my store, Rag House. I opened recently in November 2020. It’s located in my hometown in Uptown Whittier (6747 Bright Avenue, Whittier, CA 90601). I open to the public Saturdays and Sundays and weekends by appointment only as those are my “picking days.” I welcome everyone to come and say hello and/or follow my Instagram accounts for updates.

Contact Info:

  • Instagram: @raghouseshop
  • Other: @vintageraghouse

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