10 Oct 2014
October 10, 2014

Bonita, my heroine

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I opened up Netty Vintage in 2011 for many reasons. I wanted to run my own business, I wanted to share my love of well made clothing, but there was always another reason in the back of my mind. I wanted Netty to be a  haven for all those people in Brantford who didn’t feel.. read more →

06 Feb 2014
February 6, 2014

Sweeters!

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So it’s February 5th, and guess what it’s doing in Canada? You know damn well it’s snowing. For me, there’s always been an upside to the unpredictable wind, the unrelenting snow, and the just plain “brrrr” or winter. SWEATERS! Sweaters might just be my favourite type of clothing, and sadly, this will probably prevent me.. read more →

22 Jan 2014
January 22, 2014

Why Hand-made Always Wins

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The number one reason I’ve heard people say they love vintage clothing is because it’s one-of-a-kind. You’re almost guaranteed to walk into any room, anywhere, and be the only one rockin what you’ve got on. But there’s another level up when it comes to vintage, and that’s hand-made vintage. A prime example is this shirt.. read more →

06 Mar 2013
March 6, 2013

Celebrating Women & Nova Vita

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I knew it was risky to read the email while I was in the shop. Anyone could come in at any time and see me crying my eyes out, but I couldn’t resist. Last Fall, a call for submissions went out for the Nova Vita International Women’s Day celebration, asking folks in our community to.. read more →

23 Jan 2013
January 23, 2013

Intention

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So “consignment” as a topic keeps coming up more and more lately, and it’s got my brain turning. What is it that’s so exciting about the idea of bringing in your old clothes and getting money? Oh wait. Did I just answered my own question? Here’s the thing though, people aren’t a clear cut as.. read more →

I think we all want to be professional. When I first started my business, I believed that a perfectly polished persona (that’s a lot of p’s!) allowed me to give the best customer service I could. But you have to ask yourself, at the end of the day, where does this flawless profile get me?.. read more →

I have the best dad. And not just because his parting words our last visit were “You’re looking a little skinny Jacq”. And he would know. He was the “guess your weight” guy for Conklins J. I was visiting him yesterday when he received a call. Picking up the phone in the Buscombe household can.. read more →

When I started Netty Vintage, there were so many details to consider, my head didn’t stop swimming for months. Though I’ve never been married, I would think it’s equal to planning a wedding. You’re so focused on just getting there, that you don’t always consider what it will be like once the day is over... read more →

18 Aug 2012
August 18, 2012

Speaking of mistakes…

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Two months ago I got a call from Josh Bean, Executive Director of the Brantford Arts Block. A fantastic organization in Brantford promoting the idea that art is everywhere. In that vein, he got in touch with me about collaborating on a project for the Telephone City Classic Car show happening in mid July. I.. read more →

26 Jul 2012
July 26, 2012

You’re asking ME for advice?

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I just had a dear friend of mine ask me for some tips on opening a similar business to Netty Vintage in another province. The questions she asked were good ones, but they scared me. Bad. Attempting to answer these questions (which I’m not sure I actually did)  made me realize that I can’t believe.. read more →

16 Jul 2012
July 16, 2012

Who do you wear your clothes for?

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It was never really a question I asked myself when I lived in Toronto. Hell, clothing was optional, and no one would give you a second look if you felt like looking outrageous. But all that’s changed since I moved back to Brantford, and I’m not a fan. I dress for my mood, and always.. read more →

Yesterday, I was grateful to be in attendance at the second official flag-raising ceremony for Brantford’s Pride celebration. Michael Dow, Bridge/Brantford Pride Committee member, said “Last year was the first time for the flag-raising… next year we hope everyone who has and can afford a flagpole raises the flag.” I was feeling particularly smug at that point.. read more →

One of the things I love about fashion is the give and take that occurs. Street fashion influences the runway, and trends get revamped everyday. With that in mind, I thought it would be fun to profile some of the most stylish people I’ve found in our fair city and share with you what it.. read more →