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POWER COUPLE: From Instagram to Vintage Camper: The Love Story + Success of the Thrifting Dream Team

Meet Mariah Griffith and Reinaldo Contreras, the vintage clothing experts who are taking Cleveland and soon the world, by storm. From retro sport to classic rock band tees, crewnecks, coats, and shoes, these throwback enthusiasts specialize in 80s, 90s, and Y2K fashion and accessories. Relic Clothing 3 has it all. And if you’re looking for a shopping experience that’s truly one-of-a-kind, check out their 80s vintage Jayco camper – lovingly renovated by Reinaldo in just 4 months! The camper is filled with everything nostalgia, from posters to vintage records and toys. It takes  you back in time to reminisce on the good ole days. And that’s not all – they can also make handmade customized tufted rugs, all you have to do is provide your design. More about their love story and business journey below:

How they met/how they fell in love: They met through Instagram 9 years ago. As soon as Mariah saw his pictures she knew immediately he was her soulmate and she had to meet him. So it was kind of love at first site type of thing. They both had very similar interests we both loved photography, & thrifting, and fashion. Once they met each other they were inseparable. They were high school sweethearts. They took road trips to different states to curate clothing and find amazing vintage apparel. In 2016 they had their first pop-up shop together. A few years later they had a baby boy and he is already getting put to work in work for the family business. He now loves and has a passion for clothing and helping others just like Mom and Dad.

Their roles in the business: On a daily basis, they source for clothing from thrift stores and flea markets. While Reinaldo is out finding clothes and meeting people who have had the clothing since they were young, Mariah is posting on online sites and washing clothing. They both create content and market their business through videos and photography.

Their advice to other couples in business. Their advice is to believe in each other and work together to build a bright future. Trust that you and your partner have each other’s back and are in this journey together. Support each other’s dreams and goals, for they can become a beautiful reality. Remember, you need each other more than you think, so let teamwork make your dream work!

What they love about doing business together: For them, working together is a blessing that allows them to make our own schedule and thrive while being together. They challenge each other to come up with new ideas that not only grow their business but also each-other. Being on the same level and mindset allows them to be more focused on their growth as a team.”

What’s Next Relic Clothing 3:

  • They work out of a studio space downtown Broadway in Lorain, Ohio.
  • You can follow their story on YouTube
  • They are currently preparing for their biggest show yet, THRIFTCON ATL on March 19th

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Kyle is a content creator with a passion for exploring and telling stories. When he's not at his computer, you can find him in the city with his wife Kaitie, and/or his two kids. You'll enjoy reading about his experiences and insights if you're all about The Land, through, The Cleveland Tea Newsletter, and some of the posts on Cleve or Leave.

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