Today we’d like to introduce you to Stephen and Gabby Dunegan.
Stephen, Gabby, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I think our thrifting all started with being poor essentially. Haha. Not having enough money to be able to wear what other kids were wearing which piqued our interest in thrifting for ourselves. This allowed a creative avenue of expression not just with the clothes we wore but who we became as individuals. It took a more serious turn over the past year wherein we started to gain more confidence in our finds not just for our personal collection but envisioning pieces and articles on different people. We then took our passion for thrifting and combined it with a true hustle mentality. We normally thrift 3-5 times a week including some short lunch hour trips to estate and yard sales near our 9-5.
Has it been a smooth road?
Overall the process has been relatively smooth! Our growth has been organic and gradual which allows the workload to be manageable. We have had obstacles but success without adversity doesn’t hold as much value. Currently, we both still work full time jobs but come home every day excited to work on our business and see where it grows.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Halfway Crooks – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of and what sets you apart from others.
I feel like there is a growing community of thrifters and resellers. While this is welcomed, we do feel it can be easy to get lost in the shuffle. There’s no right way to do this but as a husband and wife duo, we find that it is a bit easier to succeed as we both have our own styles and things we find to be dope. What we are most known for is having a variety of items available from vintage tees to distressed shorts to hand bleach-dyed items. Adding this personal touch to a lot of the things we find adds to the uniqueness of our brand.
Ultimately, as Halfway Crooks, our goal is to contribute to the thrifting/reselling community and not view it as a competition. We want an honest and genuine relationship with those around us doing the same by supporting, purchasing and sharing their items with our followers as well.
We are proud to bring to light, as many others do, what reusing clothing can do for the environment as well. To encourage others to do the same is the ultimate goal.
There’s a wealth of academic research that suggests that a lack of mentors and networking opportunities for women has materially affected the number of women in leadership roles. Smart organizations and industry leaders are working to change this, but in the meantime, do you have any advice for finding a mentor and building a network?
For building our network, we try to stay as genuine as possible. We offer local meet ups to be able to home our items in person and provide more of a community feel. As far as advice, always always always support locally, and share what others are doing around you as well! A local blogger, Andrea of @sipandthrift, purchased items from us and it has built a relationship of support that we are constantly striving for! The couple that owns and runs Ivy Lane Vintage, a new antique shop in Tempe, has encouraged us to pursue our dreams just by them pursuing there’s. We’re living out our passions one step at a time, and encourage others to do the same.
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