Laura Gaither, the owner of Planet Vintage Girl™ (UK) Vintage Girl Antiques™ (US), has been collecting 20th Century objects for over twenty years. She loves how the priorities and beliefs of different eras were translated into design aesthetics.
"I've always been a 20th Century girl. Earlier stuff has just never held my interest. Plus I felt it was possible to speak with people who fondly remembered these pieces."
Laura has a B.A. in American History and an M.A. in American Studies, specialising in visual media. She also has an A.A. in interior design, with a keen interest in architectural salvage and sustainable products. Her first insight into running a top-notch antique business occurred while working at The Brass Knob, Washington DC's acclaimed architectural antiques store; in addition to a high-end interior design firm and two architectural firms. As an international antiques consultant, she has provided expertise for a variety of global organisations.
For environmental & aesthetic reasons, Planet Vintage Girl sells only original vintage and antiques items. Retro and salvaged items offer fantastic value for money. Why? Because the quality of past materials and construction is far superior to new. Plus the carbon footprint for vintage items is lower because the item is recycled. Owner Laura Gaither has ties both to the architectural salvage field as well as the vintage & retro markets. She’s been a collector since the late 1980s and has been selling formally since 1996.
You can find her curated vintage pieces at The Vintage Emporium, Pear Mill, Stockport and vintage gardening at Bud Garden Centre, Manchester. Currently Laura is a founder and Director of The Vintage Emporium (Stockport) CIC, a community interest company that promotes microbusinesses selling vintage and antiques while raising awareness of the benefits of reused and recycled materials.