It all started with a Chanel skirt.
Dominique Maciejka, now 28, found it at a garage sale when she was 14 years old, and she's been selling vintage items on eBay and Etsy ever since.
After years of seeking out unique fashion finds, Maciejka's collection led her to open a store of her own, right in the heart of Sayville.
"I love Sayville because it's such a nice walk around town; there are so many dress shops and antique stores, so I fit somewhere in between," she said. "It's a really cool community to be a part of."
With its little red door and powder blue sign, Paper Doll Vintage Boutique has a quiet presence on Main Street . . . for now.
The brand new shop is still a work in progress, but top quality designer pieces, one of a kind items from decades passed, an in-store makeup artist and plans for community events such as improv comedy shows and pin-up photography sessions make Paper Doll a spot to watch.
In the window is a handmade silk dress from the Edwardian era that's more than 100 years old. It sells for $250.
Walk in and you'll find designers like Missoni, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Prada, Givenchy and Yves Saint Laurent, most gently used, some new with the original tags, all for less than retail.
Maciejka puts each item through a month-long chemical process and then steams them to make sure they look and smell like new. She hunts for merchandise at Manhattan and Brooklyn flea markets, estate sales and personal appointments.
She has flashy 80s party dresses, sophisticated Jackie O.-style suits, mint condition shoes and ladylike hats Lucy Ricardo would have whined to Ricky about for days. Fur coats start at $150.
In the back of the store is a stage waiting for future events, fitting rooms and a Pinterest-inspired shoe wall. Maciejka said she hopes to decorate with monthly installments from local artists.
Next to displays of jewelry, hair accessories and sunglasses is a vanity stocked with Elizabeth Rose Cosmetics, where makeup artist Elizabeth DiSpigno will do makeup by appointment.
"Vintage has become so popular in the last couple of years," Maciejka said. "In the city these stores are everywhere, but you don't see them much on Long Island. I'm excited to bring something like this to the people out here who love it too."
WHERE 23 N. Main St., Sayville
CONTACT 631-319-1919, DominiqueMac@gmail.com