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Pre-Loved Podcast with Emily Stochl

May 1, 2023

Pre-Loved Podcast is a weekly vintage fashion interview show, with guests you’ll want to go thrifting with! For more Pre-Loved Podcast, subscribe to our Patreon!

Today’s show is with Tammy and Kay, founders of Assassin Vintage in St. Louis. They met over 12 years ago while working for Anthropologie, and became fast friends over a shared love of vintage clothing and music. 

Eventually, the duo decided to start a vintage business together, which began as an Etsy shop and doing local markets. They opened their brick-and-mortar shop on Cherokee Street in November of 2021, and now they do vintage markets all over the country including: Threadbare Show, Brimfield, The Sturbridge Show, Manhattan Vintage Show, and Randolph Street Market to name just a few.

We chat about all this and more on today’s show! It’s a really fun one, so  let’s just dive right in!


  • [5:55] When Kay moved to St. Louis in the 90s, she went thrifting every weekend, and built up a collection fit to sell. 
  • [11:16] After Tammy helped Kay with a few vintage shows, the duo decided it would be a good fit to go into business together!
  • [14:50] On their vintage specialities, and how to make your brand uniquely stand out.
  • [17:32] Chatting about how it used to be so much easier to find vintage from the 30s and 40s, and their best buy from this era.
  • [19:13] How to know you and your business partner are a good fit, compatible to share the responsibilities of running the business.
  • [23:57] Opening their brick-and-mortar location, after 2+ years of looking for the perfect spot, and how it has changed their operation.
  • [29:13] On visible mends
  • [35:00] The vintage markets Tammy and Kay have done all across the country
  • [43:21] Personal style stories behind the vintage pieces they cherish!




A special thanks goes out to my Patron Insiders – your support makes Pre-Loved Podcast possible!

  • Patty Weber
  • Beverley Docherty of Wolfe Pack Vintage
  • Danny of Galaxy Live
  • Kathy Brand
  • Lucero Buendia
  • Tricia Zelazny
  • Leslie V.
  • Lisa of Queenie & Pearl
  • Trudy
  • Lucille of Galipette Vintage