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Pre-Loved Podcast with Emily Stochl

May 8, 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 Audrey, a San Francisco based content creator and the owner of Salvage Studio, a zero waste denim and garment repair business. Through her platform, @a_thrifted_wardrobe, Audrey normalizes the practice of re-wearing, mending and upcycling, and educates through digestible mending tutorials to empower folks to repair and properly care for their own clothes. 

Through Salvage Studio, she has repaired hundreds of vintage and modern pieces. Some of the most memorable pieces she’s restored include a great-great grandfather’s wool sweater, a pair of perfectly worn in 1930’s work jeans, and a hiking backpack that a squirrel feasted on. All this and more on today’s show!

It’s a really fun one, so  let’s just dive right in!


  • [5:15] Audrey’s mom took her thrifting from a young age, and she even volunteered at a local thrift store – organizing the toy section – as a kid. 
  • [11:40] Audrey leaves her full-time job during the pandemic and leans into creating content on social media about re-use and re-wearing. 
  • [12:25] Audrey’s repair studio began by fixing a few pairs of jeans for friends.
  • [17:54] Figuring out how to price services – through trial and error!
  • [23:10] On denim repair – the most common repairs in her mending studio.
  • [25:04] The challenge around repairing contemporary clothing that is not originally constructed to last. 
  • [28:34] Ways to make the practice of mending garments more common and accessible.
  • [42:35] “the piece that got away!”




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