Collector since birth, Tuscaloosa native Lori Watts has always found beauty and purpose in other’s discards. She owns This Ol’ Thing Vintage and since 1990 she has shown her collections in markets and boutiques from New Orleans to Atlanta. When she is not conducting a local estate sale or picking your grandmother’s closet you will find her at home with her son Satchell and a pack of over loved dogs.
Sylvia Parker grew up in Tuscaloosa and has been collecting vintage things and vinyl since she was a teenager. She received her BFA in photography from the School of Visual Arts in NYC, where she worked in art education administration for over 15 years. As DJ Tom Kat Kitten, she organizes rock n’ roll Vinyl Showdown DeeJay shows with fellow record collectors. Working with Jerry W. Henry, she designs, develops and manages the Alabama Music Office website, devoted to promoting Alabama music and musicians. She designed the 5th Street Vintage Market website, other examples of her web design can be found at her website http://sylviaparker.net. She lives in the country with her fishin’ musician husband, cats and chickens.
Jamie Cicatiello, a native of Tuscaloosa, spent much of her early life in Bandon, Oregon. After graduating high school she returned to Tuscaloosa to attend The University of Alabama and graduated in 2000, with a degree in Human Development and a minor in Photojournalism. From there she has lived in New Orleans, London, and New York where she attended the International Center of Photography.
Jamie continued her studies at the graduate level at The Savannah College of Art and Design where she obtained an M.A. in photography in 2005. She now resides in Northport, Alabama with her two dogs and three cats. She is the owner of Grace Aberdean Habitat Alchemy located in downtown Tuscaloosa which specializes in upcycling products, original art, and vintage/modern furnishings for the home. Jamie proudly volunteers with The Kentuck Festival of the Arts and is a founding member of The Black Belt Bamboost. Jamie is what happens when a hard working rockabilly from up north marries a hippie from Alabama. Roll Tide.