Growing up in Selden during the 1980s, George Dixon spent weekends on the road looking for deals — either with his mom at local yard sales or with his dad at motorcycle parts swap meets.
The early exposure to wheeling and dealing stuck with the Yaphank man, who last week opened his first business, George’s Vintage Clothing & Records on Railroad Avenue in downtown Sayville.
Sandwiched between the Sayville mainstay Dr. John’s Shoe Repair and the popular Iron & Tread Barbershop, George’s will specialize in pleasing people in search of one-of-a-kind pieces.
“Pieces with style that only get better with age,” Dixon, 43, explained, whose shop fills the void left behind when Vinyl Paradise closed in September. “We see our typical customer as someone who finds value in the quality clothing of years past when everything was made to last and manufactured in the U.S.A. with pride.”
George’s mostly stocks clothing from the 1920’s through the 1990’s.
“My obsession is rescuing items that have been left to languish or forgotten and giving them a second lease on life for new people to enjoy,” Dixon said.
“My girlfriend Karen Aguilar and I are super excited about beginning this journey in downtown Sayville. My girlfriend and I knew it would be the perfect setting for what we had to share.”
While Dixon has been a full-time union worker for 15 years, he has never let go of the passion instilled in him by his parents.
“I am a rabid collector, and from that love and hunger grew the beginnings of an unexpected but profitable passion project,” he said. “I am a first time business owner, but I’ve been buying, selling and trading vintage for a number of years now.”
Dixon started out mostly selling to local antiques dealers, and later online through social media. He has rented small spaces in various shops across Long Island.
A large following on his Instagram inspired Dixon to take his passion to the next level.
“Just seeing how excited people are with the items I find and knowing there are people out there that find inspiration by these same items is what fuels me,” he said.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Dixon is opening slowly. The shop is open Wednesday to Friday, 4 to 7 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Dixon and Aguilar signed their lease for the space on March 1.
“This has definitely been a kind of a roller coaster ride waiting to see how it would all pan out, and if we would ever get the chance to open,” he said.
But his patience paid off.
“We fought to keep the location and used the extra time and poured it into setting up the space, getting it ready for when we would finally open,” Dixon said.
Check out the photos below to see some of the cool items inside George’s: