Traveling coast to coast in search of vintage treasures. I am always on the hunt for vintage clothing, jewelry, home decor or whatever looks interesting. I am a picker with a very successful vintage business in South Florida. I occasionally invite special guest pickers to come along on the adventure.
Meet Michelle Parparian
Some may call Michelle the queen of vintage, but she just thinks of it as a way of life. She loves the hunt and the high of finding great vintage treasures. Michelle has been picking and collecting since the age of 5, traveling to flea markets, yard sales, estate sales, fairs and auctions. She grew up manning the counter of her parents bustling North Carolina barbecue restaurant, learning early on that love and long hours are the secret ingredients to success.
She went on to study fashion and fell hopelessly enamored by vintage apparel. She opened her first retail boutique (House of Vintage in Delray Beach, Florida) in 2003, which quickly became a south Florida staple in the vintage/fashion world and recognized nationally by media, television and motion pictures. Her products were featured in Sex and the City 2, Ugly Betty, Elle Magazine, Boca Raton Magazine, Ocean Drive, Southern Living Magazine, Country Living Magazine and many more. In summer of 2010, Michelle closed her retail shop but decided to continue operating her very successful online Ebay store, House of Vintage Inc.
In 2005, Michelle conceptualized Atomic Bettie Productions, a full-service production company specializing in vintage style photoshoots, events, fashion shows + more. She is in charge of a team of photographers, make-up and hair artists, wardrobe stylists, models, graphic designers and assistants. Corporate clients include Revel Resort, Hard Rock Hotel and Casino and Atlantis Resort. The company has been on a sabbatical since 2012, but future restructuring plans are in the works.
In early 2011, she established the business consulting firm, MP Consultants. The company assists new and established small business owners in store planning, operations, visual merchandising, product photography, e-commerce, public relations, marketing and social media.
In 2012, after much planning, Michelle fulfilled her lifelong dream and started her own brand, PARPARIAN. The brand focuses on vintage wearables, furniture + decor. PARPARIAN also collaborates with other designers to bring you exclusive products using vintage fabrics and materials.
Thanks for visiting and happy picking.