Explain your reasons for starting an Etsy vintage shop.
I started selling vintage at the beginning of this year. I started on Ebay initially but have since switched to Etsy since I feel this outlet lends its to the vintage community a little better. Before I opened my own store I worked for a large online vintage retailer and gained quite a bit of knowledge and experience about selling vintage online. I started buying vintage as a teenager and have become more and more obsessed with it over the years. I've been passionate about fashion in general since I was a kid and I think the way a person dresses can definitely be a form of creative expression. I'm an artist. My educational background is in sculpture but I consider myself an all around creative person. My store is really a creative outlet for my love of fashion!
What is your most favorite vintage item you own?
My favorite vintage item is a mod mini dress with rainbow stripes. (see below picture)
What is your favorite vintage era and why?
It's really hard to choose just one favorite. I love the 20s because I strongly identify with the flapper look and lifestyle. I love the mod look of the 60s, mod is short for modern and I have a huge affinity for modernism in art and design. I love disco, so of course I love the 70s! I grew up in the 90s and have had a growing nostalgia for that decade lately.
Is Etsy a job or a hobby?
Even though my shop is new and still growing, I treat it as a job. I put a lot of care into selecting and presenting my items. All of my items are dry cleaned or laundered, some are also repaired if necessary, and some are even altered for a more updated look.
Which item is your favorite in the shop right now?
5 words to describe yourself.
passionate, creative, kind, honest, loyal
You have amazing photos, and you've only been on Etsy for 6 months! Which camera do you use?
My boyfriend, who is a photographer, takes my photos using a Canon EOS Rebel XTi.
What have you learned about selling on Etsy so far?
Etsy is more than just a commerce site, it is a community and the more you take part in that the better.
Thanks for a great interview!