I get a lot of you that say, "Wait, you take Owen to work with you. Where do you do this? How do you do this?". For those of you that have been wondering, this is the place - Raggedy Threads. My friend Jaime owns the shop and has had a spot out in LA for 14 years. I worked at the LA location in college, did my fashion design homework in my down time, and now I'm here all over again as a mom with my baby.
Raggedy Threads is located in Williamsburg at 602 Grand St. and each and every piece in the shop is handpicked by Jaime herself. She travels all over the country and at times, the world, to find these vintage pieces, and even sells a select few lines that are newly designed. The girl has taste. Impeccable taste. Most of our inventory is what folks in the business would call workwear. And we have quite the variety. We carry French, Japanese and American workwear dating back to the 1920's to the 1940's. The workwear is wonderful, but the items that really make me question wether or not I should blow my paycheck at the shop are mostly t-shirts, sweatshirts and denim. Like I said her taste is impeccable, and her basics are no exception. She also has a GORGEOUSLY curated jewelry case that I just about die over. Really, I try things on and just cross my fingers they don't fit because I can't buy everything. That being said, I've done a really great job at restraining myself, but it's tough. She does an excellent job at providing something at almost every price point. Really rare pieces can get up in the high hundreds, but Jaime sells plenty of basics that are well below a hundred or even fifty dollars. What I love best about this space and all of her spaces she's had over time is that they have this home like feeling. I'm obviously biased because I've worked in two of her spots, but truly, we have furniture that allows customers to take a seat and chat, she hand repairs items if folks aren't as into the distressed look while they wait, we exchange names, sometimes websites/social handles/business cards and create more of an experience than just a one time stop. Jaime's goal is always to sell items to people who really love them the way she did when she handpicked them. That's what it's about for her.
For those of you that are still asking yourselves, "But how does she do this with a baby?". Here's a day in the life. And please take in to account that this schedule is always changing, but this is where were at today.
7:30 AM - Wake up, nurse, play, eat breakfast, get Owen dressed for the day.
9:30 AM - Owen goes down for a nap (sometimes nurses, but I think we're starting to drop this feeding). Once he's down it's mad hustle time. I have to get ready, pack our lunch, snacks and Owen's dinner, take the dog out one final time, pick up the apartment if time permits and head out the door by 11 (this means putting Owen in the carrier even if he's sleeping).
11 AM - Walk to the train. G to Williamsburg.
11:35-40AM - Arrive in Williamsburg, maybe stop for coffee, walk to the shop & get ready to open.
12PM - Open up, clean and get set up for the day.
12:30PM - Nurse Owen and feed him and myself lunch.
1:30PM - Get Owen down for a nap. A lot of the time this means he's in the carrier, but today I got him to sleep in the Portacrib so we might just be making some progress.
*All of this time I'm still working, greeting people as they come in, chatting, checking them out and what not. Sometimes this includes putting new merchandise out, taking inventory, listing items on Etsy or other computer work. Also changing diapers, rotating Owen between his Portacrib, Bumbo and my arms.
3PM - Owen is up. We play, he nurses again and has a snack. And then we play and work and play and work and play and work.
6PM - Nurse Owen and feed him dinner. Hang and play and work.
7:30PM - Close the shop and head home.
8:15PM - Arrive back in Park Slope. Walk home.
8:30PM - Nurse Owen put him down to bed. (Sometimes this takes almost an hour).
9:30PM - Relax until I have to do it all over again and eat dinner, then work on Household, or hang out with that guy I married, and probably take a shower cause lets be honest I probably smell.
*Owen is waking up once or twice a night at the moment, as always I know this will most likely change. Crossing my fingers he magically starts sleeping through the night again, but he only has two teeth which means we have a lot more teething ahead of us.
Photography by Amy Frances.