After losing her environmental job to COVID-19 cuts, Nia Puccio was at a loss what to do with her life. So she decided to pursue her passion selling retro kitchenware clothes and other doodads – a very specific collection of goods we never knew we needed but are now desperate to get our hands on.
As you can imagine, starting a business during a pandemic is a risky move, so instead of launching with a brick and mortar space, she turned her love of Skoolies (old school buses that are transformed into tiny houses) into a business concept, using a renovated old bus as a roaming shop. It wasn’t long before she had purchased a small bus, removed the seats, and installed shelves and racks to get Blue Moon Vintage Bus on the road.
The bus started parking outside local small businesses, selling retro goods like the Scoop Shop in the Elmwood Village. “Nia, the purveyor of Blue Moon Vintage, has filled her repurposed school bus with fun and useful mid-century tchotchkes. Blue Moon Vintage is one of the best things to come out of 2020! Hop on the bus and take a trip down memory lane,” said Scoop Shop owner Wendy Reed.
“I’m obsessed with all things mid-century and decided to stock my bus with that,” Puccio said, “It had this effect that I didn’t expect, COVID has been tough on people, and that has made them nostalgic for a better time in their life.”
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Blue Moon Vintage Bus