Hidden in the nooks and crannies of Easton’s busy streets is Phyllis Vintage Boutique, a small, locally-owned business. Despite her love for what she does, Phyllis O’Donnell, the owner, will be closing her shop in the near future.
Although there has not been a set date confirmed for the closing, she began a liquidation sale on Feb. 4, according to her boutique’s Facebook page. All clothing is now being sold at a 50 percent discount and jewelry is 30 percent off as well.
“I’m tired,” said Phyllis, who opened the business in April 2010. “There is not as much business now and the fulfillment is not there when the people aren’t there,” she said. “I’ve been here long enough and I think it is time.”
“I’m so used to having somewhere to go, and something to do, I am absolutely going to miss it,” she added.
Before opening her shop, O’Donnell worked for an insurance company and had decided to retire early on a disability leave.
Her love for fashion and antiques, combined with the “boredom” of not working, inspired her to go into the business field, she said.
For a long time before opening her own shop, O’Donnell rented space in another owner’s shop, which sold antiques and was in business for seven years. When the building itself closed down, O’Donnell’s friends helped her open the boutique she is in now. She described it as small and out of the way but just right for her.
Her focus for the new shop was on vintage clothing in particular – the clothing that she has collected over the years from different auctions and individual sellers. The store sells everything from vintage clothing to vintage accessories and more. O’Donnell said that she feels that the store gives off a very nostalgic vibe.
“The people who come, just seem to love it,” she said. “It reminds them of their mothers or grandmothers. I am just drawn to it, the fashion of it, the history of it…I just love the clothing.”
Although it is not what she always imagined herself doing, O’Donnell said she is content with how her career path unfolded.
“I like people and the selling experience is very fulfilling to me,” she said. “It’s not all about the money for me. It’s about the joy people get when they’re buying. I appreciate that, and that fulfills me.”