Buy, sell and trade vintage, designer finds at Stillgood’s
This east side thrift-esque store is ready to help you find your collection’s next piece.
Recently opened on Williamson Street is Stillgood’s, a buy-sell-trade shop that specializes in these quirky and finely-made pieces in a conscious way. Bright hues, funky patterns and specialty shoes for folks who want a little pep in their step fill this east-side establishment
You won’t find fast fashion or other generic clothing items in Gwynne Tyksinski’s storefront — just gently-used but much-loved collections that she has curated herself. She hopes to reconstruct the way we think about thrifting and clothing production.
“What I’m doing is providing a place where the east-side community can see the cyclical pattern of people digging in their closets,” says Tyksinski. “There’s always something in everyone’s closet that just hangs there, and they don’t necessarily want to give it to the Goodwill because they’ve spent some money on it, or there’s some sort of either emotional or financial value to it.”
Tyksinski is just as guilty of an occasional Target run as the rest of us, but hopes that in terms of fashion consumerism, folks will be able to better understand their relationship to clothes and how their production impacts us all through this type of shopping.
“I feel like there’s so many amazing used items out there that can just go back into circulation, right? I mean, a pair of jeans that maybe someone bought when they were a smaller size and they wore them two times, and now they don’t fit them, they can fit the neighbor down the street,” says Tyksinski. “There’s just so much that can just be recycled in that world.”
So flare pants or colorful pantsuits from a few decades ago? Tyksinski may have a few in stock — shoulder pads and all — mixed in with contemporary fits and unique finds, too.
“That’s how people dress, particularly on the east side … they want to have a fun vintage piece, but then they love to have the cool new Red Wings or whatever it is that they’re into,” says Tyksinski. “So I think that blending to create like that cool little east side style is important, and that’s kind of what I’m trying to encompass here.”
There is no digging through bins at Stillgood’s, as Tyksinski recognizes that St. Vinny’s and other local thrift spots already fill that niche, but rather offers an option for people who want a personalized shop.
“What I’m doing is trying to take the digging and the amount of time that people have to really spend to find those unique pieces out of it,” says Tyksinski. “I’m really just trying to create kind of a fun shopping experience.”
Part of Tyksinski’s intended shop atmosphere includes getting to know her customers and their unique tastes — something that is a bit more difficult to do with masks and social distancing. But, as her first set of regulars attest to, Tyksinski’s business model is an exciting addition to the already artsy area.
“One of the things I love about getting a piece that I think is really unique or special or has a certain vibe to it, is then watching the person who ends up buying it match that vibe perfectly,” she says.
Opening during the pandemic wasn’t easy, but Tyksinski remains optimistic and hopeful. She had been staking this location out for a while since it had her ‘top three’ hopes of an east-side address, parking and walk-by traffic.
“I think that one of the things the pandemic has allowed people is to just kind of pause, and have time to be like, ‘Hmm, okay, what’s the value of this to me? And what’s important?’” says Tyksinski. “I’m also hoping that people may go, ‘Oh, I have a wedding coming up, or I’m going on a date or I just want something new. Oh, maybe I’ll check out Stillgood’s first, before I go buy something new.’”