Debbee Thibault grew up in sunny Southern California and credits the person she is today to “a truly wonderful childhood.” She’s always been interested in old toys and folk art, probably because of the historic neighborhood she lived in as a child. She says, “Older folks would take us under their wings, to teach us and tell us stories about the past. I became fascinated by the antiques that lined their walls, along with the way they decorated their homes.”

In the 1970s, her teen years, Debbee and her friend designed their own fashions. They made bathing suits and beach clothes out of old materials and sold them to local vintage ...

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