We had the good fortune of connecting with Angela McCall and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Angela, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I have always had a love of all things vintage. I am extremely drawn to older items. I wonder the history behind the items. Who has owned it, where it has been, what has seen over time. I will glide my hands over the dents in furniture and wonder how the damage happened and who’s house it once adorned. I moved to Arizona two years ago, with my husband and son for a chance at charter school for our son, who is on the Autism spectrum. With the move, it required me to secure employment but I found it difficult to find anything to work around his school schedule. I decided to take a leap and open my own store, where I could make my own schedule and be available for my son.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
My initial store front was called Valley Vintage, and I was a vintage shop. As a small business owner I had to find the items for my store front by going out to thrift stores, auctions and estate sales. I started to notice that the estate sale prices were above retail and it made it difficult for me to find vintage items for my storefront. I also started to notice that on Sunday’s entire estates were still full of items that hadn’t sold. I starting thinking about what these people do with all the items that don’t sell. I closed down my vintage store in May 2022 and opened Valley Vintage Estate Sales in Mesa, AZ as an estate in-store shopping experience. Our store specializes in SECOND chance estate sales in our retail location. We offer a unique selling approach to people. Instead of the quick 2-3 traditional estate sale, we offer the estates a chance to sit in our retail store for three selling weeks before the estate needs to be picked up. We also believe in fair pricing, so all our items are extremely fair. We are only in our 3rd week of being open and I can tell you people are loving the idea of shopping multiple people’s estates in one place. We have even secured multiple down sizing estates, just from walk in customers who find themselves becoming clients of ours.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Roosevelt row, go downtown to see all the hand-painted murals on buildings, you will see a bunch of craftsman style homes as well. (being from WA state, this area brings memories back from my home state)

Downtown Chandler, walk the shops and stop by the breweries in the area. There are several. Stop and eat at The Perch Brewery. You will eat with 50 rescued tropical birds. EAT at the Ostrich bar, it’s hidden unground under the San Marcos Hotel and has a history all to its self involving Dr. Chandler and ostriches, YES ostriches, alcohol among other things.

SHOP…There is a 3 mile stretch of vintage and on Cave Creek Rd in Phoenix. Start at Thrift to Thrive, 3 Vintage Chicks, Flerish +Thrift, Funky Vibes, Audrey’s, Halo Rescue Thrift, My city Salvage, Everything Goes among many others.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My regular customers are at the heart of my business, without them I wouldn’t still be in business. They have been my biggest supporters from the day I opened my store and some have become really great friends to me.

Lisa Malloy at My City Salvage, located at 11649 N Cave Creek Rd, Phoenix, has been my biggest fan, supporter and mentor. As a new business and new resident to Arizona, I didn’t have a following of customers for my vintage store. Lisa didn’t miss a moment to tell all of her customers about my store. She would send them down the road to shop in my store.
She has never been worried about us being competition, her motto is, that all small businesses should help one another out. She frequently picks up the phone to check on me, gives me advice or just listens when things are rough and offers advice.

I have learned so much from her over the last 18 months of knowing her. I have grown so much as a business owner due to her insight, suggestions and her shout outs on IG.

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Website: www.valleyvintageestatessales.com

Instagram: valleyvintageestaesale

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