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Retro Girls Attic a Vintage Store

Roberta Ransley-Matteau, owner of Retro Girls Attic and Lily-Jane Knits, in her studio at the Pepperell Mill Campus. Photographed by Portland Headshot

Roberta Ransley-Matteau, owner of Retro Girls Attic and Lily-Jane Knits, in her studio at the Pepperell Mill Campus. Photographed by Portland Headshot

Kitchenalia, Clothing and Other Vintage Items

Roberta, most often found in the Retro Girls Attic store, used to stop by Four Corners Frame Shop just to say hello, see what we were working on, or chat for a while. That kind of community is part of what makes working at the Pepperell Mill Campus so wonderful. So we’re very happy to give you a way to ‘stop’ into her business today; check out her interview below.

Retro Girl’s Attic
Building 17 Suite 204
FRI-SAT 10AM-5PM
Retro Girls Attic, Lily-Jane Knits

Who are you and where are you from?

My name is Roberta Ransley-Matteau. It’s hard to say where I am from because I lived abroad and off and on in the United States. Currently I live in Old Orchard Beach. I am the cataloger at the Osher Map Library located at the University of Southern Maine in Portland. I’ve been there for about 15 years.

Tell me a little about your business?

Retro Girl’s Attic is a combination of retro and vintage items focusing on kitchenalia such as kitchen canister sets, vintage Pyrex, glassware, dishes. I also sell vintage cookbooks from the late 19th century to the 20th. My favorites are the 1950’s era cookbooks.

Included in the shop are accessories for the home and decor such as paint by numbers, vases, to name a few. I also sell vintage aprons. I combined Retro Girl with Lily-Jane Knits selling hand knitted and crocheted items to wear and for the home.

What made you choose the mill for your business?

I had been looking around for a space to work on projects and sell my vintage and retro product. The mill has proven to be an excellent fit and I have totally enjoyed being here. It is affordable but more importantly I have met some wonderful creative people here.

How long have you been doing this?

I have been here almost three years.

What makes your business interesting to you?

I have wanted for a long time to start a shop selling vintage items and I became interested in the 1940’s and 1950’s kitchenalia. Artwork, home decor and accessories of the time period have always been of interest to me in particular the role of women in the household and how they are portrayed on the covers of these cookbooks.

What makes you stand out from others in the same industry?

I feel I have unique items that perhaps other shops do not have in their inventory. I have an eclectic shop!



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