Monique Sinha started her vintage business, The Bargain District, after working as a language teacher for ten years. She always loved fashion, particularly vintage, and enjoyed styling people – her friends would always ask “where did you get this?” or “what should I wear?” When she quit her teaching job, she realized that she had a second chance to do what she’d always liked doing. With that in mind, she started selling vintage clothing, first at small shopping parties in her apartment for friends and neighbors, and then in a store within a store in the East Village. After that, she moved her shop to the Artists & Fleas Williamsburg market, where she has been selling ever since. We asked her a few questions to learn more about her experience as an entrepreneur, her favorite part of having her own business, and where she plans to go.
What is your most memorable experience as an entrepreneur?
Feeling like I had a second chance to do what I wanted to do and getting an Associate’s Degree at FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology). It’s something that I never thought I would do, and it was very satisfying.
What is the best part about having your own business?
I love not having a fixed schedule and the freedom of deciding what to do with my days, as well as seeing my ideas come to life. The independence is very liberating, and I enjoy having a different schedule – I am able to go to lunch or dinner at unusual hours, and I don’t have to wait in line so much or be on the subway at rush hour.
What are your future plans?
I would like to have a bigger online presence and do more styling for shoots. I'd also like to collaborate with more people.
How would you like people to remember your company?
I want them to think of vintage as something to incorporate into your everyday outfit instead of treating like a costume.