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Thursday Feature – Hippo’s Dream

2 May

Happy Thursday!  Today I am chatting to Wendy from Hippo’s Dream – a shop full of wonderful vintage treasures to make you smile.  As you know, I am always drawn to colour and Wendy’s shop just pops out of the screen at me – it is well stocked with an eclectic mix of vibrant goodies.

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

I am a true flea market lover; or better said addict…My favorite pastime was and is to visit thrift stores or local flea markets in summer.  Nothing gives me more joy then finding a little hidden treasure in a box or to see some peculiar object on a small stall.

My shop is called “Hippo’s Dream” for a special reason…Years and years ago, when I was a young teenager, I bought at a flea market a mother and baby hippo from the seventies. They were handmade and the mother was truly a big, big animal…I loved them!!!  Years later when I moved house I decided that my little brother could sell my hippos at a local flea market….and now 20 years later I still miss them and I regret that I have sold them. I still have a few blurry pictures that remind me of them.  At every flea market I still look and I hope one day that I find them back….

So I hope that some of the vintage items that I sell in my shop will also give the owner as much joy as my hippos or even better that they find back the treasure that they are searching for, for many years….

il_570xN_440769237_24p32. Do you have a favourite piece? Tell us about how you found it and why it is your favourite.

That is a difficult one as I have so many favorite pieces. All of the items in my shop are objects that I want to own myself as I only buy and sell objects that I truly love.  What I truly like are the set of mid century aperitif glasses in red, yellow and green.  I totally love this and up until today I am doubting if I should not keep them myself.

I also like the gemstone spider as it is at the same time stunning and creepy.  Women do not like spiders but I presume for this one they will make an exception.

il_570xN_445579638_e7j23. What is it that makes your shop unique?

My gorgeous items and my first class service!

I am always on the hunt to find the most special, colorful and gorgeous items in excellent or perfect condition.  Customer service is for me also very important.
I answer every mail within the day, items are shipped within 2 days, they are nicely packed in gift wrapping and ribbon and I even give a small present to my customers.

And of course…….a lot of people like my hippo and my shop look….. 🙂

4. What’s next in the pipeline?

I have just changed my complete shop look like my banner and avatar and changing all of my pictures now.  I have a whole list that I want to do next but here are the 3 most import ones :

  • Make a business Facebook page
  • Check for business cards
  • Check for bookmarks and/or magnets as free gifts

I am eager to start with the last one as I have the idea to make big magnets with my pink retro hippo on it (or also bookmarks) and give this as little present.  I even already have an eye on an Etsy shop that I might contact for that. I think they could look so great and I hope that people will like them as gift.

5. Tell us something about you or your shop that you haven’t previously shared!

Every day I get up at 6 o’clock to be sure that I am at work at 7:15 because the first hour of the day is for my shop.  Then I have some time to answers convos, list items and participate in forums.  Few people know this (like my family and husband) but I do not tell it to my friends and colleagues as they would think I am totally crazy.  And to be honest…. they are right…. I am totally crazy …..on Hippo’s dream…… LOL

6. And finally, let us know where we can find you.

You can find Hippo’s dream on www.etsy.com/shop/hipposdream and you can also follow me on Twitter twitter.com/ClausWendy

il_570xN_437789992_c3ybWendy is also offering The Candy Tree readers a coupon code for 10% off for the next coming 2 weeks for all the items in her shop.  Please use coupon code “TheCandyTree” during checkout.

Thanks for sharing your wonderful shop with us, Wendy.  It sounds like you have a lot of fun trawling for new booty and you have a great eye for finding unique and interesting products.  I hope you find your hippos one day!

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!