Interview with one of the trendiest women in San Diego, Marcaine, the owner of GFTP Resale Shop!
Q: Can you please tell me a little bit about yourself?
A: My name is Marcaine and I am the owner of Girls from the Park…the most eclectic resale shop in San Diego!
Q: First of all I need to know, where did you the name “ Girls from the Park” come from? Its such a unique name, there must be a story behind it… and the flamingo.
A: If you go on our blog , on the about us page, you can read the whole story. Girls from the Park means girls from the “trailer” park
Q: As a little girl growing up, did you always know you wanted to have your own resale shop?
A: When I was little, my dad use to take my sister and I to the swap-meet every Sunday to look for stuff…I learned at a young age how to negotiate prices with the people selling. I also use to go to thrift stores all the time with my Grandma. She is 85 and still loves to go to thrift stores…I guess you could say that I grew up loving resale..and I turned what I loved into a business
Q: Is “Girls From the Park” your first resale shop?
A: No, I’ve had two other businesses…the first one was Finders Keepers Resale and the other was the Purple Moon.
Q: Creating your own business and being your own boss is a really big risk, most people don’t have the guts to do what you did! What motivated you to start your own resale shop and about how much money would you say, you invested into your store at first?
A: I was motivated to have my own business mainly because I didn’t want my kids to spend every day in daycare while I worked somewhere…I opened my first shop when my daughter Mariah was 2 yrs. old…She use to go to work with me everyday and takes naps on the floor behind the register. My two other kids grew up doing the same thing. My first store only cost 500.00 to get open..but that was in 1993.
Q: I love thrifting, however I do not have the patience to search through everything so carefully like you do…When you shop at the Swap-meet, thrifts stores and garage sales, what is your method when rummaging through all the madness? About how many hours would you say you work a week?
A: I LOVE Digging through stuff…Its almost like a form of meditation for me. Its really weird. I probably spend about 30 hrs a week actually working in my shop and another 20 hrs a week finding stuff to resale …I have a 50 hr work week…and I love it. Not a lot of people can say that
Q: What is your favorite part about having your own resale shop?
A: I love setting up stores..arranging all the racks, decorating, etc. But the best part is being my own boss. If my son has a baseball game, I put up a sign and close the shop. People are really understanding …My kids come first and I am fortunate that I don’t miss anything super important that goes on in their lives. Also, I love getting first pick on the stuff people sell me…bonus!
Q: What would say your personal style is? Whose style inspires you the most?
A: My style is just plain comfortable..I love jeans, boots, big sweaters, flip flops, and turquoise jewelry. I have about 20 pairs of Born shoes in every style. I can wear 4 inch heels, but only in that brand! I would also consider myself a “coat whore”…I have about 30 coats..long, vintage, leopard, velvet..and I do wear all of them
Q: Does your personal style rub off on what you invest in for your inventory or do you buy what you think your target audience would purchase?
A: I buy anything I think I can sell….the more unique the better. People love finding a one-of-a-kind item..and they will pay big bucks for it. I wouldn’t wear a lot of the things I buy from people..but someone else will, guaranteed.
Q:Whats the best advice anyone has ever given you and what advice would you give to a girl or guy that wants to start up their own resale shop?
A: The best advice I ever got was from my husband John. When I was thinking about opening my first shop I was really nervous…I really thought I couldn’t do it. He just told me to shut up and just do it..whats the worse thing that could happen? So I went for it..just like that. I would give anyone else that same advice..and I have many, many times.
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MY EXPERIENCE IN GIRLS FROM THE PARK RESALE SHOP
While I was Wandering around San Diego, I ended up spending hours in one of the trendiest and “brightest” resale shops I have ever seen, literally. Painted bright FLAMINGO PINK, you cannot drive down Canon street without glancing at the Girls From the Park resale shop building! However, if that doesn’t get your attention maybe the massive flamingo on the right side of the building will.
Girls From the Park is owned by one of the sweetest women you could ever meet. Marcaine Oelke, the owner of Girls from the Park, personality is just as bright as the color of her shop! This Resale Shop has a concoction of classic high-end brands, trendy hipster finds, and “hard to come-by” vintage pieces from all different decades. You can tell that Marcaine poured her heart and style into this one of a kind resale shop.
I started out looking through, what I call, the rainbow rack. This massive wall was color coded in a rainbow for shirts. In the far back corner of the store there was a fake fireplace surrounded by old vintage suitcases and vintage hat boxes filled with gloves. I just had to put them on. Then, things got a little funky when I discovered the VINTAGE RACK! I went back in time, trying on an old, GOGO dress that was made in the 60’s and ended up having a photo shot outside of Girls From the Park! Girls walked by while we snapped a few pictures expressing their love for the dress I had on … next I ended up sliding into the most amazing one-piece bathing suit I have ever seem! Covered in bright flowers, this 50’s bathing suit made me feel like I could take over the world, one platform heel at a time! Can you say “FLOWER POWER”… If your ever in San Diego you have to wander into GIRLS FROM THE PARK because its truly a one of a kind.
Its not about where you go … its about wear I wander