Social Encore: Thrifting at Muʻumuʻu Heaven

Jul. 11, 2013 | 1 Comment

BY JERMEL-LYNN QUILLOPO / Special to the Star-Advertiser

When it comes to fashion, nothing is really original. Most of the time fashion that is in now was the fad several years back and just reinvented.

However, for people who rather wear the originals, you’re in luck — Muʻumuʻu Heaven in Kailua offers tons of vintage clothing at it’s Chosen Ones Vintage pop-up store.

Small little flowers that can give a hint of pattern to any outfit, and made from extra scraps of material (Courtesy Jermel-Lynn Quillopo)

Small flowers can give a hint of pattern to any outfit, made from extra scraps of material. (Courtesy Jermel-Lynn Quillopo)

Chosen Ones Vintage encompasses the motto of “reduce, reuse, recycle.” From the furniture to jewelry displays, the store is full of DIY projects created to serve a purpose in the store. Even the price tags are made from old playing cards.

Store manager Tanima Quintano said the store makes business decisions by being resourceful and by making sure that they are mindful of the environment.

No material goes to waste at the Muumuu Heaven. Even small hair clips are made from the material. (Courtesy of Jermel-Lynn Quillopo)

No material goes to waste at the Muumuu Heaven. Even small hair clips are made from extra scraps. (Courtesy of Jermel-Lynn Quillopo)

Small zipper bags made from leftover vintage material. (Courtesy of Jermel-Lynn Quillopo)

Small zipper bags made from leftover vintage material. (Courtesy Jermel-Lynn Quillopo)

The store is mostly known for using material from old dresses and bringing it back to life by creating one-of-a-kind muʻumuʻu. The prices are a bit high, but at the same time, you won’t ever have to worry about someone wearing the same dress as you if you do decide to spend the money.

The vintage pop-up kicked off last week in a semi-permanent section located in the back of the current store. The vintage section will be stocked daily throughout the summer with new, hand-selected pieces. With the store selling clothing that people are no longer use, the “one person’s trash is another person’s treasure” saying really rings true here.

This pink vintage romper was cute but there was only a large ($65). (Courtesy Jermel-Lynn Quillopo)

This pink vintage romper was cute but was only available in large ($65). (Courtesy Jermel-Lynn Quillopo)

When I stopped by Muʻumuʻu Heaven, I was able to find some great pieces. (The whole time I shopped, I was thinking of the song “Thrift Shop” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.) There are some seriously good deals on great name brands such as Tory Richard, Alfred Shaheen and Ui Maikai.

Here are some of the pictures of my great finds:

You'll be able to find name brand vintage dresses (L-R): Tori Richard ($45), Alfred Shaheen ($25), and Ui Maikai ($65). (Courtesy of Jermel-Lynn Quillopo)

You’ll be able to find name brand vintage dresses (L-R): Tori Richard ($45), Alfred Shaheen ($25), and Ui Maikai ($65). (Courtesy Jermel-Lynn Quillopo)

This lacy number would be great for the fall season, only $10 (Courtesy of Jermel-Lynn Quillopo)

This lacy number would be great for the fall season; only $10. (Courtesy Jermel-Lynn Quillopo)

This light jacket with detailed strawberry details was only $10. (Courtesy of Jermel-Lynn Quillopo)

This light jacket with detailed strawberry details was only $10. (Courtesy Jermel-Lynn Quillopo)

Look at how intricate the strawberry embroidery is on the jacket. (Courtesy Jermel-Lynn Quillopo)

Look at how intricate the strawberry embroidery is on the jacket. (Courtesy Jermel-Lynn Quillopo)

I tried on a pink handmade dress that had a classic lace detail at the top. As soon as I tried it on, I thought that it complimented my body shape and I thought that having this long dress would fit well for the Hawaii summer weather. It was a steal for me since it only cost me $15.

The front of the vintage pink dress. I loved how it has a A-line style to it. (Courtesy Jermel-Lynn Quillopo)

The front of the vintage pink dress. I loved how it has a A-line style to it. (Courtesy Jermel-Lynn Quillopo)

The back of the pink dress that I scored at the vintage sale. (Courtesy Jermel-Lynn Quillopo)

The back of the pink dress that I scored at the vintage sale. (Courtesy Jermel-Lynn Quillopo)

I wore the pink dress to my cousins beach wedding and received a lot of compliments.

When it comes to thrift shopping, I know it takes time to look for those great finds. But now you can just stop by Muʻumuʻu Heaven and have the crème of the crop in vintage clothing waiting for you!

Muʻumuʻu Heaven is located at 767 Kailua Rd. Contact them at (808) 263-3366 or visit www.muumuuheaven.com.
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Jermel-Lynn Quillopo is a multi-faceted, energetic individual with experience in both print and broadcast journalism. “Social Encore” aims to tell diverse stories about Hawaii’s food, events and people; share your tips with Jermel via email or follow her on Twitter.

  • ElizabethKieszkowski

    Love that embroidered jacket!