The Story Behind Madam Popoff

Hi! I’m Deborah, and I have been selling vintage for 10 years now. I had my son in 1998 and due to being a single parent and having no money, yet having a passion for fashion – I attended local jumble sales to get not only my son’s clothes but also my fashion fix, be it vintage or modern.

After a few years I realised that I had accumulated a vast collection of vintage that I had bought just because I loved it (even if it didn’t fit!). Then a friend suggested I stick some on an online auction site. So I listed a pair of vintage Levis 201s that I paid 30p for.. I got £50 in return! This helped start Madam Popoff Vintage..

After seven years of online trading I had moved to the Kent coast. One day I came across a lovely shop in the Old Town area of Margate where I met a sweet girl who needed someone to sublet the shop. I pondered for a split second and decided to go for it and voilà! 6 years later – Madam Popoff Vintage is still trading in Margate!


I love all clothes. I really do! I love the way a girl can make a statement without opening her mouth! I love the way clothes can tell the people around you who you are, and the way they can tell an outrageous lie. I love the way clothes can disguise the worst in us, and also bring out the best.

I love to juxtaposition items together, things that on paper would not go together, yet strangely work when thrown on. I like to mix decades, styles, fabrics. .. Party dresses with brogues, trashy jumpsuits with glam faux fur capes..etc. I’m also lucky to be based by the sea so I take advantage of this by shooting a lot of our photos with our wonderful seaside town of Margate as the backdrop.

People are always asking me where I source my goods – well, I am now lucky enough to have started building up a list of contacts who bring in lots of beautiful vintage from which I cherry pick the prettiest or sassiest to find new homes for! My favourite vintage designs come from the 60′s and 70′s – especially Ossie Clark, but I’ve also found amazing things from the British chain stores of the time too.I love glamorous, sexy, stylish clothes and believe that fashion should be fun!! I also pride myself in hand picking the lovelies that are sold here on Etsy as well as in our real life store - no "bought by the carton load" vintage here!

We have been featured in National AND Worldwide publications... and also named as one of the best shops to shop vintage by Skyscanner and The Guardian Newspaper. Stock is arriving daily so keep popping in to see why celebrities, designers, bloggers and stylists keep coming back to us for their vintage fix!

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