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Vintage fashion slowly makes inroads in Boise

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It's sometimes said that Boise is about 10 years behind the rest of the country when it comes to trends, and when it comes to vintage clothing, it can certainly feel like that's true. While vintage has been sought after elsewhere for years, in Boise it's still a burgeoning industry.

"Boise hasn't, 100 percent, caught on to the resurfacing of old fashions," said Luna Michelle Cambron, former owner of Box in the Basement. While it was one of Boise's few true vintage stores, sluggish business forced it to close its doors for good at the end of August.

Part of the reason vintage has been slow to catch on in Boise is that many Treasure Valley residents confuse vintage with thrift. Just calling a store "vintage" puts a sort of taboo on a business in Boise, Cambron said.

"They think grandma's closet," she said.

While you might find some vintage pieces in a thrift shop, a true vintage store has done the sorting for you, offering the same sorts of fashions that are inspiring the looks found in high-end retailers, except that these are the originals.

Vintage stores have had a hard time in the past but some have found ways to continue. Picture Show Vintage moved into the Once Upon a Time antique store (4718 W. State St., Boise), while Atomic Treasures (409 S. Eighth St., Boise) continues to draw fashionistas into its downtown store.

Box in the Basement, was open for roughly one year but Cambron still believes vintage will have its day in Boise.

"It's only a matter of time," she said.

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