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This Renovated Bus Turned Vintage Shop Pops Up in WNY Selling Retro Goods

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Written by Emily Morrow

Published on February 24, 2021
Photo from Blue Moon Vintage Bus's Facebook
Photo from Blue Moon Vintage Bus’s Facebook

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.

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Photo from Blue Moon Vintage Bus's Facebook
Photo from Blue Moon Vintage Bus’s Facebook
Photo from Blue Moon Vintage Bus's Facebook
Photo from Blue Moon Vintage Bus’s Facebook
Photo from Blue Moon Vintage Bus's Facebook
Photo from Blue Moon Vintage Bus’s Facebook

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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Photo from Blue Moon Vintage Bus’s Facebook

“I had one lady pull over when I was doing a pop-up in front of a store. She grabbed this little metal pink oven from the 60s and started crying and said she had that when she was a little girl. I love those customers who tell me stories of the things I sell that they had growing up.”

Nia Puccio, owner of Blue Moon Vintage Bus

You can find Blue Moon Vintage Bus parked outside of many local businesses all across Western New York. To find out where they will be parked next, follow the bus on Facebook and Instagram.

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Written by <a href="https://stepoutbuffalo.com/author/emily/" target="_self">Emily Morrow</a>

Written by Emily Morrow

Emily is co-founder and Director of Storytelling at Step Out Buffalo. Her favorite things to do are eat, travel, and think up business ideas. Emily is originally from Hamburg, NY and her out of town friends will tell you that she loves to talk about Buffalo any chance she gets.

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