Barbara Franks, 59
Owner, Foot Loose
121 S. Prospect, Granville
740-321-1198

So what do you offer here?
I sell everything old, from women's head-to-toe dressing to tools in the basement. Glassware, kitchen, fabrics, buttons. I sell everything that a house would have in it.

You say you go for funky looks. Can you expand?
Generally speaking, older things had flair. They had style. They had color. They had something that made you like it, and that's what I'm looking for. I sell the men's smoking jackets from the 40s; I sell evening gowns from the 70s.

Where do you find everything?
I have 275 consigners. Actually, it's 277 now. So I'm getting near 300 consigners. I (also) liquidate whole house estates.

Who are your customers?
I have a big college crowd. But people who shop here like vintage. They know who they are and how they like to dress. They like to look different. The college crowd - they do a lot of theme parties. My best month of the year, bar none, is October. Because they're looking for costumes.

You worked in retail for years, and opened your own store in California in 1981. Was it the same thing as this?
When I first started, I sold men's shoes.... And then I found out that men buy one-and-a-half pairs of shoes a year, and women buy seven. So I obviously started selling women's.

How'd you come up with the store's name?
My fried said it should reflect something about you. And I said, "The only thing about me is I'm foot loose and fancy free!" And she said, "That's perfect."

Eventually, you moved here, spent some years as a stay-at-home mom and reopened Foot Loose as a vintage store. What had sparked your passion for vintage?
My girlfriend from California came to visit me. I was in Warren (her hometown), and the synagogue in Warren was having their every-other-year (rummage) sale. And that was that. We were there for four hours. There was not a square inch of the car that wasn't packed. And we did a fashion show all night for my mother.... I was hooked.

Why don't you like new clothing anymore?
I'm appalled by the quality, the fabric and the price. And quite frankly, the things that they sell aren't fun enough. They're not interesting enough. They don't have enough character.

So you won't buy anything new?
No, except groceries - and alcohol. That's it! (laughing)



Kristy Eckert is the editor of Capital Style.