With the arrival of the month of September, comes the arrival of a very special edition of our Ruchette of the Month series. This month we have not only one Ruchette of the Month, but two! The lovely ladies of the Vintage Whites Market, Jana and Vanessa, are quite the dynamic duo. These best friends have spent the last five years creating an amazing community where vendors and vintage lovers alike can spend a weekend finding antique treasures, listening to live music, eating, and more! Learn more about these business-savvy beauties, and if you're a Montana local, don't forget to stop by the market this weekend - all the details are on their event Facebook page.
How would you describe your style?
Jana: I've been asking myself the same question lately! I think I would have to say it's comfortable first and foremost. If it's not, I won't wear it -- no matter how cute it is! It's gotta be fun, relaxed, casual, and cute! I love mixing in vintage pieces where I can, and can't pass up a vintage dress with a great shape! I think my ideal outfit is a pair of comfy skinny jeans, a flowy tank or tee, and a cardigan with flats or heels depending on where I'm going.
Vanessa: Feminine and casual. As a mom of 3 little ones skirts and heels are not very practical anymore. But give me lace, floral or polka dots any day!
You can't leave the house without ....
Jana: My phone! I know that sounds like I can't put it down for five seconds, but I use it as my camera! I'm always sending Vanessa pictures of fun treasures I find or clothes that I need her approval on.
Vanessa: My scarf. I don't wear jewelry or carry a purse so my outfits are pretty boring without at least a scarf.
Can you explain what the Vintage Whites Market is for our fans who aren't familiar?
Jana: Imagine all your favorite vintage shops and flea markets and boutiques all in one place for one day! We gather over 80 of the best vendors from all over the US for a REALLY fun one-day market. They sell vintage, antiques, and vintage-inspired repurposed and handmade merchandise. We have food, live music, classes, demonstrations, fresh cut flowers by the stem, activities for kids, a fashion show, and a few other surprises that vary from market to market. We host the markets in Kalispell, Montana (summertime and Christmas), Loveland, Colorado (in the winter), and Salt Lake City, Utah (in the spring)!
Have you gals always had a love for all things vintage? When did the phase start for you two?
Jana: I was raised on vintage. My mom had me at garage sales and antiques stores when I was just a few weeks old, and the bug just caught on!
Vanessa: Since I began my teen years I wanted an room completely white. I liked a lot of Victorian style pieces. As the years went on my taste for chippiness and patina grew little by little.
What can we find you doing on the weekend?
Jana: Shopping garage sales or antique stores, catching up on my favorite TV shows, playing in the mountains, or taking a long drive to someplace we haven't been!
Vanessa: What's a weekend???
Spring or fall? Jana: FALL! Vanessa: Fall
Flats or heels? Jana: Flats! Even though my 5'2'' frame should wear heels. Vanessa: Now-a-days...flats!
Dressed up or laid back? Jana: A mix of both! Vanessa: Laid back.
Cats or dogs? Jana: Dogs! A big fluffy black lab, please. Vanessa: Dogs...if they aren't the little squealy kind.
And last but not least, what do you love most about being a Ruchette?
Jana: Ruche is SO inspiring! I love getting ideas on how to style my wardrobe from the lookbooks, AND it's affordable!!
Vanessa: Being apart of a group of lovely people and my most favorite company!
We're so excited to have two Ruchettes participate in September's Ruchette of the Month, especially the amazing Jana and Vanessa. Don't forget to follow along with these darling gals when they take over our Instagram this weekend at their Vintage Whites Market!