We had the good fortune of connecting with Megan Iverson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Megan, can you talk to us a bit about the social impact of your business?
At its core Blooms + Threads is the embodiment of family, heart, and community. We specialize in vintage and upcycled women’s clothing but represent so much more than just revamped garments. We are always actively seeking out ways to be a part of change and contribute to our community, whether that is by spreading awareness to the sustainability movement, donating to charities that support what we believe in, or by giving back to people who do not have the choice to shop sustainable. For every item sold in store or online we donate an item to the San Diego Rescue Mission. The San Diego Rescue Mission then puts the clothes into their community store for the residents, women, men, and children who have been faced with homelessness to go into and choose clothes that will help better their situation. We hope that each upcycled piece, bought or donated, is worn while creating moments of happiness, laughter, & love and is worn knowing that you are making an impact on our earth and community. Choosing sustainable brands and having an environmentally conscious mindset will be one of the biggest changes we can make as individuals to help preserve our earth which is why it is so important to us that we spread this message to as many people as possible. We are a small business with a big heart and an even bigger passion to change the world.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I technically started Blooms + Threads in February 2020, but have been thrifting and upcycling my whole life. When I was younger my Dad would take me to thrift stores, swap meets, garage sales, big garbage bins, anything you could think of that would have another man’s treasure, we would go to. It was our favorite pastime to go find something old and gross and bring it home for Mom to turn into something beautiful. When he passed in 2018 it was the biggest setback and motivation that had happened thus far in my life. I was a lost 21 year old college dropout. I had no clue what I was doing with my life, and just been through the most horrific experience of my life, but I had an angry fire burning in me telling me to live life to the fullest for him. Mid 2019 I met Nicco, a 22 year old guy working at Lululemon who happened to tell me about the vintage store he was opening up the next day. When I tell you I did not believe in fate or miracles before this I mean it, but the chances of me meeting him were slim to none and a story within itself. I told him about my hobby and closet filled with vintage clothing and without hesitation he asked me, a complete stranger, if I would do the women’s section in his store. I quit my job, joined his team, and was all in on this new endeavor. It was the scariest, most impulsive, and best decision of my life. A few months into it I decided I wanted to grow my brand and be my own boss, so I started Blooms + Threads. With loving arms my friends, family, and previous coworkers encouraged and helped me build my dream store from scratch. It was a month of renovating, designing, crying, laughing, and gratitude that brings me to tears every single time I think about it. I’m still navigating how to operate a store, and face challenges daily, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’m living out the passion that my Dad and I created and I could not feel more certain that this is my calling in life.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I am a San Diego native, so I think I have the best spots tucked under my belt. Some of my favorite places in San Diego include Sunset Cliffs, OB Noodle House, Wotown, and Lou & Mickeys if you want to get fancy. If someone from out of town was visiting I would make sure to show them to all the best sunset spots like OB dog beach, garbage beach in La Jolla, the town of Birdrock, Coronado ferry landing, etc. You really can’t go wrong when visiting San Diego because all spots are top notch.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My Mom and Dad are my biggest inspiration and motivators. So cliche, but I quite literally owe every ounce of passion that jump started this journey of mine to them.
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