We had the good fortune of connecting with Andrea Brockson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Andrea, every day, we hear about how much execution matters, but we think ideas matter as well. How did you come up with the idea for your business?
I remember sitting in the library and hearing a teacher talk about the importance of reduse, reuse, recycle as a kid. My mom had already been practicing this mantra. Our childhood home was a collection of thrifted and antique furniture and home goods. The home itself was from 1925 and had a ton of character and charm just outside of Philadelphia. My mom would bring my sisters and I on her antiquing and thrifting trips throughout our childhood and this sparked my interest in some day creating my own home in the same way. I loved the eclectic look of combining eras of vintage and knowing that it would also be saved from heading to a landfill. I saw that others felt the same way and started my vintage business in 2020.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
As a vintage seller, I am most excited to further grow my online presence this year and participate in even more vintage markets (once more markets open up.) I love sourcing and finding those hidden gems at thrift stores, yard sales, and estate sales to share with people. When I am at the markets, I love seeing the sense of nostalgia they get remembering things from their childhood.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
We would start off in Coronado doing a little tour – walking the beach, the Hotel Del, Silver Strand and end up with grabbing a bite at Miguel’s to get some of their yummy chips and Jalapeño white sauce, followed by dinner with some Margaritas. Maybe we would end up sitting at the Hotel Del with a drink watching the sunset.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There probably wouldn’t be a Pachi (puh-chē) Collective without a Nancy’s Nifties. My mom would bring my sisters and I on her antiquing and thrifting trips throughout our childhood. She filled our old house with the most amazing furniture and relics from eras gone by. I imagine she started selling the treasures on the side because we ran out of room but probably it was more likely a creative outlet for her. Her full-time occupation was a restaurant server and she was damn good at it, but if I could guess her passion was in her creative pursuits. I have to thank both of my parents for encouraging me to pursue my passion by choosing a career in the arts. My mom passed away from cancer my sophomore year of college and although she didn’t get to see me graduate from Parsons, I know she would be proud to see how far I have come and for doing what I love.
Photographer: Susie Fiebich @susiefiebichphotography susiefiebichphotography.com