Edith (right) and Mary are sisters and friends – it’s been like that their whole lives. And in retirement in 2014, they were able to move to the same town, Travelers Rest. One thing led to another and they started their vintage shop on S. Main St. in 2016. In 2021, their friend, Dolly Durham, joined them as the vintage clothing stylist. All three have been vintage lovers since high school.
The sisters moved to Greenville in 1972 when their dad’s company, Norfolk Southern, transferred him here. Used to moving every 2-3 years, it was a little easier that time because Edith went on to college and Mary got her own bedroom at last! After that, they never lived in the same town until 2014 when they both retired.
So it is no surprise that they started hanging out together shopping for vintage collectibles or having lunch at some interesting restaurants. Their vintage collections expanded suddenly when their mother moved from her 4,000 sq. ft. home to a 1200 sq. ft. apartment in a retirement center. That’s when they decided to rent a booth at an antique shop.
But, one booth grew to a second one and when they looked for a third one in late 2016, they found a small shop in Travelers Rest that was closing. They worked out a deal to take over the space and that’s when RetroMarketplace was born.
Dolly joined them in 2021 when she started dressing other customers while shopping! Mary and Edith thought she fit in perfectly because she usually wears mid century clothing and has a knack for judging shopper’s sizes at a glance.
They make a good team – Mary does most of the buying and sales while Edith takes care of the admin duties and runs the repair shop in the back. Dolly curates the clothing and keeps it all repaired and sparkling.
They have an eye for styles from the 1940s-90s and take care to provide high quality collectibles with a reasonable price. So, next time you’re in TR for lunch, stop in and chat about their vintage cameras, albums, dresses or mid-century barware – enjoy the memories!
Check out a short video of our shop!
We’re open Wed 12-4 and Thurs – Sat 11-5
We love our customers! Recent comments overheard in the Shop:
“You have a great store – best one we’ve been in so far and we shop vintage a lot!” Sept 2022
“I just love your store down in the basement – it reminds me of London shops!” Oct 2022
“It’s been a long time since we were in a vintage shop with real vintage items, thank you!” Nov 2022
“I think this is one of the best vintage shops I’ve been in for a long time!” Nov 2022
“Thanks for letting me come visit my grandmother for a while!” Dec 2022
“My daughter LOVED this tea set for her birthday present!! You guys have the coolest stuff!”– Jan F.