May 24, 2024


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Wandering Wardrobe homeowners place vintage clothing shop up for sale

PORT TOWNSEND — The Wandering Wardrobe, for the past pair of a long time, has been a spot for earth-conscious style and the occasional bottle of Champagne.

Now the homeowners, Beverly Michaelsen and her daughter Kaiya Lily Hubbard, are “ready to go the torch along to somebody far more laptop or computer-savvy,” Michaelsen reported this week.

The vintage apparel business is on the marketplace for $50,000. The setting up itself, in the Fountain District at 936 Washington St., is priced at $450,000.

Michaelsen, who very first opened in 1998, explained the time has appear for a new proprietor to put individuals retro dresses and suits on a web page for around the world searching, “rather than our very little Port Townsend phase.”

With the introduction of the pandemic, purchasers are migrating to the net — though Michaelsen and Hubbard are poised to pursue new chapters.

Hubbard, 36, is a jewelry artist and novelist intending to publish her fantasy fiction. Her mother, 62, works also at the Unity Centre of Port Townsend, in which she’s helped organize the very first virtual Pageant of Lights.

All along, jogging the boutique has aligned with the pair’s values.

“I’ve observed the Wardrobe as a system for the reusing of methods,” Michaelsen said.

“Rather than sending [vintage clothing] off to the dump,” or providing it to a substantial charity group, she aims to deliver locals with a spot to consign and recycle.

And there have been functions: smaller teams of mates would come in to consider matters on and sip a glass of bubbly.

A tango birthday party had the cosy store pulsing with bandoneon new music.

These times, as Michaelsen and Hubbard hope for a consumer, they’re continuing to consign and market attire.

Michaelsen, who networks with nearby thrift shops, not too long ago picked up a couple of armloads of winter coats to offer at $20 apiece.

At the exact same time, consigners who want their things again are coming in to choose them up, she claimed.

Some give her the go-in advance to donate the items.

On a new Sunday, Michaelsen had to restrict the number of people indoors due to social distancing protocols. A relatives confirmed up, and “the men volunteered to wait around outside the house,” she stated.

The shop is open midday to 4 p.m. Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and by appointment Sunday by way of Wednesday. A telephone number is posted on the door for people halting by.

“I live 5 minutes away. We’re amenable to arrive down and open up,” Hubbard stated.

Beverly Michaelsen, left, and her daughter Kaiya Lily Hubbard are still consigning and selling vintage wear at the Wandering Wardrobe even as they hope for a buyer. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)

Beverly Michaelsen, still left, and her daughter Kaiya Lily Hubbard are however consigning and selling vintage don at the Wandering Wardrobe even as they hope for a customer. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Day by day News)

Michaelsen, whose earlier profession was in human providers, was dwelling in upstate New York when her pal Gail Dahlman moved to a town on the Olympic Peninsula.

Appear see this area, Dahlman explained. Michaelsen did, and she made a decision to consider a leap into a new existence.

“I turned 40 and considered, what am I ready for? I packed up my daughter and I, and we took the teach,” opening the shop a few months after arrival.

Dahlman was Michaelsen’s first spouse when Hubbard came of age, she joined her mother in company.

To this working day, “my mom is my ideal mate,” Hubbard stated.

She’s also a designer whose costumes have clothed the figures of 2017’s “Murder Ballad” and 2018’s “Daddy Very long Legs,” musicals at Vital Metropolis Community Theatre.

Soon after yrs of browsing at the Wardrobe, “we confident Beverly to carry her eager eye and stitching-crafting prowess to the theater,” reported KCPT inventive director Denise Wintertime.

Michaelsen is a person resourceful collaborator, she mentioned.

By the begin of 2020, Michaelsen reported she understood she wished to offer the Wardrobe and have a quieter life style — but, “I’m a little bit of a procrastinator,” so it took the pandemic for her to shift forward.

The earlier quite a few months have specified folks a probability “to consider about how they want to expend their time,” she included, “and to re-appraise their life.”


Diane Urbani de la Paz, senior reporter in Jefferson County, can be reached at 360-417-3509 or [email protected].