The Butch Wax Story
How It All Began...
Everyone wants to know how Butch Wax Vintage started. Well, here we go...
Having loved vintage for many years, I had been working in the most prestigious vintage boutique in San Diego for the past 7 years before starting my own online en devour. When the shop closed after 30+ years to go purely online, I still worked for the owner doing all of the web duties and modeling. I have loved and collected vintage clothes since the age of 13, but working for this business really installed a great amount of vintage knowledge in me and I'm so very thankful for that. I learned about all of the eras, fabrics, styles, etc. and began to have a very keen eye. Also, I myself wear vintage everyday, so I know what styles I personally like and what styles are in demand.
So, one day while still working for said business, I took a chance and started listing some of my own personal vintage goodies on Etsy, merely to free closet space and make some extra income. The first thing that I sold was bought for the Martha Stewart Show! The rest, as they say, is history. My Etsy page took off, I started working very hard on it, picking for clothes daily, I had to quit working my regular job, and I took the full on leap and made this my solo income/career. And nope, I don't regret a single day of it. My only regret? That I didn't do it sooner!
Everyday when I wake up I am so thankful that I get to do what I love for a living. I get to work with one of my true passions, vintage clothing. I love "the hunt," I love to dig for treasures, I love the idea of finding something that you can never find again. I am constantly surprised at how lovely my online customers (or clients, as I call them) are and how enthusiastic people are about vintage clothing. It truly warms my heart to see people get really excited about these wearable gems like I do. I appreciate every single order and every word of mouth recommendation so so much.
A Little About Amanda...
Hi all! I'm Amanda Suter, owner of Butch Wax Vintage! As mentioned above, I have been a huge fan of vintage for years- the age of 13, to be exact. I first fell in love with vintage when I discovered the joys of shopping at thrift stores. As a wee shy child I use to put together my own unique outfits to express myself, that is, when I wasn't drawing. Growing up as a unapologetic weirdo punk girl in highschool, wearing vintage was an outlet of not conforming and expressing myself, it was a way to stick out from the crowd. Most importantly, it just felt right- I always prefered the details and character of vintage pieces over modern.
My first job at 16 was at a vintage store in downtown San Diego called "Shake Rag." After that, I was a makeup artist for most of my early 20's, working for Christian Dior, NARS, and Guerlain. Having missed vintage and by a weird stroke of luck, I began working at a high-end vintage boutique here in San Diego called "Wear It Again Sam," where I would work for almost 7 years before quitting to persue Butch Wax Vintage.
Besides hoarding, ehem, collecting vintage- guess what? I have numerous other interests! I am featured as a real life mermaid on a beer bottle label- Star Island Single of Smuttynose Brewery. I am a semi-retired burlesque performer; I have been performing under the name of Miss Dixie von Trixie since 2003. I started with The Starlite Sirens of San Diego, and I then founded Sultry Savage Burlesque of San Diego. I love to sing. I sang lead in the 1960's garage influenced band, The Viewmasters, and I am currently singing lead in the 1960's soul / r&b influenced band, The Amandas. I love to travel. I basically work to travel, and I love traveling to find vintage for my business!