Rachel from ROOD Vintage describes herself as an “international treasure hunter”. But hers is a vintage store with a difference. She uses her profits to run workshops, teaching disadvantage women DIY and recycling skills, improving their mental health and well-being.
What’s on your to-do list today?
I’m doing some psychology training around honing Person-Centred counselling skills today as part of a brill new venture ROOD is launching later this year. I’m also writing up some writing-up vintage dress details for a retro photo shoot I did yesterday in a record shop for the Low Down Mag. I’m meeting some fellow social entrepreneur pals for food at The Brink, Liverpool and finally drafting some 50s summer dress pattern blocks, in sizes 8 to 22 for the new round of ROOD workshops starting next week.
If your house was burning, excluding your loved ones, what would be the one thing you’d save?
Old printed photos of family and friends that couldn’t be replaced.
What about the fashion industry makes you most angry?
Photo-shopping models and celebrities in magazines and on posters, it should be banned. Also lack of originality and the suck-up culture. It’s pitiful.
Which person, living or dead, do you most admire?
My parents – they’re ballsy, stylish and have integrity.
What’s your biggest eco-sin?
As an International Treasure Hunter, it’s got to be travel. I love an adventure.
Have you ever said ‘I love you’ and not meant it?
No, I don’t play fast and loose with love.
If a genie granted you three wishes what would they be?
To avoid sounding like an American beauty pageant contestant, I won’t say world peacebut on a world scale they’d be: stop human trafficking & slavery and turning the perpetrators into slugs; magic landfill & toxic waste into safe renewable fuel; and banish cruelty to animals.
Who or what inspires you?
With me inspiration mostly comes from within and usually comes out when I’m emotionally happy and content. Triggers include laughing, sunshine, music, dancing, cake and colour.
What’s your cure for a blue monday?
Music. I get my records out and play them. Loud.
What is your proudest moment?
Recently launching ROOD vintage on my 40th with the personal well wishes of Wayne Hemingway MBE.
What trait do you most deplore in others?
Treating others with a lack of respect.
What is the most expensive item of clothing you have ever bought?
A velvet knee-length belted coat with a full skirt in French navy. It was £800-ish when I had a ‘proper job’!
What’s your most annoying habit?
Tricky, I’ve got a few. I’ve been known to get over-excited, which can be exhausting for others trying to keep up. Perfectionism, which can be exhausting for me.
What’s been your biggest fashion faux pas?
Something I can’t imagine me wearing again is halter-neck bra and hot pants from Red or Dead circa 1990/91. Oh, and they were made of knobbly matt rubber and worn at a rave. Vintage-lover as I am, I think they’ll remain very much back in their own time.
What are you going to do when you’ve finished answering these questions?
Get my skates on & go roller derby training with the Liverpool Rollerbirds.
Visit ROOD vintage at roodvintage.com for original vintage, retro and antiques. ROOD girl’s done the rummaging, so you can treasure hunt from your desktop.