Thrift store

6th Street Vintage turns secondary hustle into bustling business

Tyra Sledge’s company 6th Street Vintage has been featured in ads for the Cleveland Museum of Art and has even been worn by Hollywood actress Vivica A. Fox.

CLEVELAND — Tyra Sledge is a designer, seamstress and stylist with a unique approach to fashion.

“I’ve been selling and selling vintage for 10 years. And it gives me a chance to help others show them that you don’t have to follow a trend, it’s basically how you get up and you feel,” she explained. in a recent interview with 3News contributor Chris Webb.

Sledge’s company, 6th Street Vintage, has been featured in advertisements for the Cleveland Museum of Art and has even been worn by Hollywood actress Vivica A. Fox – but both Tyra’s talent and inspiration draws from the Cleveland roots.

“I grew up on 146th and Kinsman, and my grandma, my aunt, my mom still lived there,” Sledge said. “I named it 6th Street because it’s just something that’s been part of my life for a really long time.”

The idea of ​​turning her love of fashion into a business began when in 2009 Sledge returned to her northeast Ohio home from Florida.

“I didn’t have enough money to take all my clothes home, so I had to start going to the thrift store,” she recalls. “Initially, it started as my personal wardrobe. I had collected over a thousand clothes, but I was looking for pieces for other people. When I went to the store or offered my style and my services.”

Sledge says the sustainability aspect of vintage and thrift shopping is one of his biggest motivations.

“I started upcycling [clothing] and i really enjoyed it because normally i would take something and use a piece of it and throw it away…. [you can still] be an individual and stand out and be stylish, take something you already have in your closet and cut it out. And you gave it more light. And I found a lot of fun doing it.”

And the practice of up cycling does not only help creativity. It also helps our environment.

“I think, uh, sustainability and fashion are things that a lot of people are becoming more and more aware of. But I think a lot of people are just starting to realize that we’re depleting our resources, even though we can’t It seems like we’re big enough to have an impact, the damage that’s only done to our surroundings.There are so many amazing pieces that are just trashed, just because they’re older.

Through her extensive social media and regular shopping events in northeast Ohio, Tyra hopes to continue spreading the message that sustainable shopping can also be stylish.

“It amazes people that the items that we didn’t, you know, bought from the store, you know, yesterday or something like that. That’s what I love about what I do. It’s very difficult for me to go to a mall. Now I feel completely lost.”

If you want to learn more, visit the 6th Street Vintage website here. You can find tickets and more information about the Garden Pop-Up here.