How The Vault Luxury Resale In St. Louis Aims To Class Up Your Bookshelf

What’s better than a great, curl-up-on-the-couch read? A curl-up-on-the-couch read about the juiciest details of some of the world’s most coveted closets, of course. The owners of The Vault Luxury Resale in St. Louis decided to deliver on just that, with a currently untitled tell-all of sorts. Written by Sue McCarthy as well as her daughters Laura Maurice and Diana Ford, the tale begins with an inside look at the fascinating and inspiring life of matriarch Sue, and leads into the closets of socialites and celebrities shopped by the trio for their Brentwood designer resale boutique. The book aims to open up a wider view into the lives of the women featured, from stories of triumph to hilarious (and shocking) finds and confessions.

We sat down with the lead writer herself, Sue McCarthy, to see what we can expect from the book and how soon we can get our hands on it.

Sounds like this book is shaping up to be an exciting read. Can you tell me a little bit about the concept?
We have so many stories to tell, about the people we have encountered, and the closets–the closets we shop are just spectacular. This book is not so much about the “stuff” in the closets, but the stories that comprise them. It would be a phenomenal movie!

The beginning of the book is really focused on my upbringing and entrepreneurial spirit. I went from career to career and loved it–I always wanted to be the best at everything I was doing. The thing that makes it really interesting is it’s a real rags-to-riches story. There was a point in my life as a child where I was homeless. We were very, very poor, and to get to share how I far I’ve come is a real success story.

Does it have a title?
Not yet. It’s really hard to find the right title and have it be something that isn’t already taken.

Tell me a little about the writing process. What was it like?
I am a perfectionist in everything I do, so it’s been a great process—and a committed one. I am old school, so I actually hand-wrote the book myself–literally cutting and pasting pieces of paper together as I was creating the story. I sent it to our editor like that and she would type it, clean it up and change some things. When she sent it back and I read it, I was like, “Wow. This is really good.”

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Did anything come out during the process that surprised you, or triggered emotions?
It was hard to tell some of the stories. It’s a very emotional process, and very real. I am sharing things that I have never shared before, and while it’s happy and entertaining, it’s also an account of some of the difficulties I have faced throughout my life.

What do you hope readers will get out of the book? How do you hope they will feel after reading it?
I want them to say, “Oh, my God, if she can do that, I can, too!” First and foremost, I want them to be entertained, but I also want them to see this young woman who was driven and determined. This young woman who could do anything she set her mind to. I want them to feel that encouragement and walk away feeling more powerful.

Will there be a sequel?
I have a million stories to tell. Above all, I am a storyteller. I would love to one day write a trilogy about my grandmother, my mother and myself. Not about the closets at all, but about their lives and the amazing things that they have lived through and experienced. My grandma was on the Orphan Train, which transported orphans from the East Coast to foster families in the Midwest, and my mother lived through the Great Depression. Those are the real books I’ve always wanted to write. Telling stories was a huge part of my childhood, and I have so much more to share.

The self-published book is slated to release this fall, at boutiques and major retail outlets across the country.

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