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Etsy Love – Allengrove Vintage

24 Feb

Next up in my Etsy Love series is Mary from Allengrove Vintage who sells vintage clothing, shoes, accessories and home decor.  Browsing Mary’s shop it is instantly clear to me that Mary has a keen eye for beautiful vintage fashion.  I absolutely adore this 1970s secretary dress (being a secretary myself I wish I could get away with wearing something like this at work!).  Each piece in Mary’s shop has its own unique charm and appears to have been carefully selected.

1. Tell us a bit about yourself and where the inspiration came from to start your Etsy shop.

My mom would take me to thrift stores when I was younger, so I believe my appreciation for used things developed from that stage in my life. It’s a huge thrill for me to find beautiful clothes, accessories and home decor vintage or not. I originally wanted to sell my crochet items on Etsy when the website first started around 2005. I was scared, so I never did it. I didn’t think what I had to offer was good enough. So selling vintage was the next best thing for me. I already had a nice collection and frankly with vintage you don’t have that fear and doubt you have with selling your own handmade things.

2. Do you have a favourite piece? Tell us how you found it and why it is your favourite.

My favorite piece is my 1950’s Doris Dodson juniors dress. I bought it off a vintage eBay seller 5 or 6 years back. It’s my favorite because it’s fabulous! I love everything about it, the circle skirt, the plaid material, the boxy neckline. Too bad it doesn’t fit me. And it’s not currently for sale. I can’t part ways yet!

3. What is the biggest milestone you have achieved so far whilst selling on Etsy?

The biggest was signing up for Etsy. It took me 7 years! So sad. But  I’d also have to say getting my first sale. I hustled for that one.

4. What are your future plans for your business?

I have always wanted to open a thrift/vintage boutique. So hopefully that will happen one day.

5. And finally let us know where we can find you.

Right now I just have an Etsy account. I’m hoping to open more social media sites for my shop in the near future.
Etsy Shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/AllengroveVintage

Thank you for getting in touch Mary, it was a pleasure to look around your beautiful shop.  I hope that you one day get to open your boutique and fill it with more enchanting treasures!

Etsy Love – Gabriella’s Treasures

21 Feb

Today I am continuing my Etsy Love series with Patricia from Gabriella’s Treasures who sells vintage clothing, art and collectibles.  Patricia goes hunting for vintage finds with her granddaughter, Gabriella, and it is clear that they both have a great eye!

1. Tell us a bit about yourself and where the inspiration came from to start your Etsy shop.

I’ve always loved Vintage passionately.  My granddaughter, Gabriella, is my inspiration for my shop and my shop name.  I know I am a very eclectic and creative person, and try to bring that to my shop.  I am 64 years young, but by my personality etc. I am sooo not 64!

2. Do you have a favourite piece? Tell us how you found it and why it is your favourite.

Favorite piece, wow, I love them all.   I honestly can’t say, as my nature is eclectic, I don’t even have a favorite color, I like all color!

3. What is the biggest milestone you have achieved so far whilst selling on Etsy?

My milestone for my shop is just jumping the hurdles teaching myself the computer, how to copy-paste-, learn SEO, it is a whole other world for me, but I am loving it, and I always wanting to learn.  Personal life hurdles – you don’t want to know (LOL), suffice it to say I am an excellent hurdler.

4. What are your future plans for your business?

I have always wanted to do something like this; couldn’t afford to open a real shop; did arts and crafts shows years ago (handmade), had to work a real job and raise 3 (wonderful) children, get through life and illness and all that encompasses our lives, put myself on the back burner because I had to.  It is now time for me to do something for me, and Gabriella and I are doing this; I want success, I do want to make money for my future and Gabriella’s also.  I want to fulfill myself and my dreams I’ve been holding onto for so long.

5. And finally let us know where we can find you.

You can find me here:
Etsy Shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/GabriellasTreasures

Patricia still has roughly 200 more items to add to her shop so be sure to bookmark her site and check back often for new delights.

Thanks for answering my questions Patricia.  I think it’s great that you share your passion for vintage with your granddaughter and I get the loveliest image of you both hunting for treasure together – I wish you both lots of success in your adventures!