Showing posts with label etsy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label etsy. Show all posts

Thursday, October 6, 2011

My favorite vintage things on Etsy today

1930s Dress, Brown Silk Velvet Full Length Party Evening Gown $165

Vintage 1940s Shoes : Brown Suede Bow Pumps Size 7 $78

Art Deco Platinum Large Diamond Engagement Ring $21,000

Vintage Art Deco Clock Timer Telechron 8H55 $35

Flapper Purse - Whiting and Davis- Gorgeous Mesh $149.99

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Interview with Audrey and Josh of HarBenger Duo

I was on Etsy a few weeks ago and happened to go directly to the front page and not my shop page. I noticed this really super cool chair on Etsy's page by HarBenger Duo. It turns out they are a husband and wife team from my home town, Houston, Texas. I sent them a message and asked them if they would like to be featured on my blog and was really happy when they said yes. Thank you Audrey and Josh!

Tell us a little about yourselves:

We are a Houston based, husband/wife team designing and building modern furniture.

When did you first start crafting/designing furniture?

Josh began designing and fabricating products for a home accessories manufacturer in Baton Rouge, LA while attending the School of Interior Design at LSU. There he met Audrey in a furniture design class. Since then, pretty much inseparable.

Cart chair $400 available at HarBenger Duo

Please describe your work in detail. What's your favorite type of design?

We draw heavily on Danish and American modern design.

How has your work evolved from your earlier work?

Trick question. This is our early work!

Where do you get your inspiration?

We are inspired by the typical things: nature, bicycles, science fiction, things that fly.

Hammock Coffee table $650 available at HarBenger Duo

Where are your products sold (online/stores)?

We currently sell Harbenger Duo products through our Etsy shop. While our home accessories arm sells Edie's Lab products through Edie’s Lab on Etsy.

What advice can you give other designers when selling their items?

If someone is offering advice, we could use some!

Ornate Walnut Mirror $96 available at Edie’s Lab

Describe yourself in three words:

Interested, obsessive, other wise normal

Is there is anything else you'd like to share with us?


Retro Modern Wood Letters A-Z $15 available at Edie’s Lab

You can find Audrey and Josh of HarBenger Duo and Edie’s Lab online at the following places:

Harbenger Duo’s own site
HarBenger Duo on Etsy
Edie’s Lab on Etsy
Harbenger Duo’s blog
Edie’s Lab blog

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Posting interviews helps with your online networking skills....

A few years ago, I used to interview a lot of fellow vintage sellers and Etsy artists. It's a great way to get good content for your blog and it's also an excellent way to expand your online networking skills and meet a lot of really cool people.

All good bloggers need content. Content is what drives traffic to your blog. I don't know about you, but I tend to go through mental blocks where I don't know what I'm going to write about or post on my blog. Interviewing people is a great way to add that much needed content-and is also an excellent way to get to know other people in this HUGE world of ours.

Photo borrowed from the Graphics Fairy

I just started interviewing people again this year. I try to get at least three interviews per week to post on one of my blogs (I have two) as well as my team blog. Interviewing this time around has been amazing! I've met so many new people within the Etsy community. It's truly an amazing experience.

If you are looking to broaden your horizons and meet new people and drive traffic to your blog, I would recommend networking with other people online who you find interesting. Just ask them if they'd be interested in doing an interview for your blog and send them a link to you blog. Tell them you really like their stuff. The only thing they can do is say no. Who knows, once you've interviewed them, they just might return the favor.

Interviewing is also a great way for people to find out about you and what you have to offer as well. What I've found is that when I interview someone, they typically post the interview on their Facebook page, tweet on their Twitter and wherever else. I've had nothing but great experience and I've earned a few friends along the way.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Interview with Nancy of Ldy Lux Vintage

Nancy and her partner, Bri Carr operate Ldy Lux Vintage. Bri handles the the blog and Nancy does most everything else. I met Nancy of Ldy Lux Vintage through the Vintage Etsy Twitter team, also tagged on Twitter as #vett. She and I both live in the Houston area. She has really cute vintage clothing and accessories. We've chatted a few times through Twitter and also on Facebook and I hope we get to meet someday. She lives a little north of Houston and I live right smack dab near downtown.

Q. Tell us a little about yourself:

I am married to a WONDERFUL man and between us, we have 3 children. Their ages are 18, 11 and 10. We also have 4 dogs that are our babies as well :)

Q. When did you first start selling vintage clothing?

I first started selling vintage almost 2 years ago. I have always loved anything with history. I initially started selling it out of my house to some great customers. Then I stumbled upon etsy and I fell in love. I had no idea how many vintage lovers there were out in the world! I was so excited to share this passion with others.

Q. Please describe your favorite eras in detail:

I would have to say that the 60's has to be one of my favorite eras. My major influence was Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. She always had such an elegance about her. I loved the way she carried herself and her style was just so classic, yet fashionable. The gloves, the hats, the dresses and the sunglasses...oh, the glasses! The glasses were to die for! I have a huge collection of glasses (both new and vintage). What I wouldn't give to get my hands on a pair from her collection.

The 80's are also a big part of who I am. I grew up in the 80's. It's when I discovered my style and fashion. So that era has a special place in my heart.

I'm also a mod type girl. I have a thing for boots. They had some of the best boots ever!

Q. Where do you buy your vintage items?

I purchase my vintage treasures from many sources. I scour the pages of Craigslist. I have found SO many great pieces this way. I also use it for finding estate sales. Estate sales are so great because you get to see the people who actually owned the pieces and sometimes you'll actually get a story about the origins of the pieces. I love finding out the history of the great items I find. Lastly, I go to thrift stores in my city and the cities close to me. When I'm on vacation, I make sure that I go to thrift stores while I'm there. I have found some great items that way!

Q. Where are your products sold (online/stores)?

The majority of my items are sold in my Etsy shop. I do occasionally have a customer that will buy from my home.

Q. What advice can you give others who are interested in selling vintage/vintage clothing/accessories?

Wow, there are SO many! However, the BEST advice I can give to someone who is just starting out is to be very patient. It takes time to get your name out there and to build relationships with other online sellers and buyers. I have to say that the vintage community is AWESOME! Everyone is so friendly and willing to help others out with tips and advice. Get yourself on Twitter, Facebook and any other social media sites to interact with others who have experience. They will be willing to help you! Also, try and answer any questions the buyer has about your items right away. I know that sometimes it's hard, but I do it by having a smart phone. All my emails and alerts go right to my phone. I would say that 90% of the time, I can answer right away. If I'm not able to, I send them a quick answer to say that I am not where I can answer their question at the moment. I give them an estimate of time (depending on what I'm doing) and then make sure I follow through. That way they aren't waiting for an answer. Oh, and also describe your items are described in detail. It helps the customer decide if that piece is for them.

Q. Describe yourself in three words:

Understanding, Supporting, Sensitive

Q. Is there is anything else you'd like to share with us?

My ultimate goal at the moment is to open a brick and mortar store in addition to my online store. I want my customers to experience the thrill of walking into the store and basking in all the vintage glory! :)

 You can find Ldy Lux Vintage online at the following places:

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Vintage mid century danish modern arm chair and matching ottoman

So I went to an estate sale here in Houston a few days ago and found this amazing vintage mid century danish modern arm chair and matching ottoman:

I wouldn't say the set is so amazing just yet. Both pieces do need to be reupholstered with some modern day fabric because the current fabric is BUTT ugly, but the chair/ottoman design are super fabulous! You can look at the listing in my detail by clicking on the photo above!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Interview with Lindsay of LC Vintage Jewelry

Lindsay Van Cleave is the mastermind behind LC Vintage Jewelry . She randomly created an Etsy treasury a few days ago and included one of my 1950s vintage brooches. I took a peek at her shop and fell in love with so many of her pieces. I asked Lindsay if she would be interested in doing a blog interview and she gladly obliged.

Custom Vintage Brooch Bridal Bracelet $175
Photo taken by Tyler Wirken of Wirken Photography

Q. Tell me a little about yourself:

My name is Lindsay Van Cleave, I currently live in New York City where I work in advertising and am passionate about developing my jewelry business, LC Vintage. I have loved design and crafts since I was a little. I was always the girl who had a special craft to make as a party favor for all my birthday parties. My designs are inspired by vintage fashion and my grandmothers – Ida, Constance and Sara – whose vintage jewelry I still wear today. I love the stories behind finding vintage pieces to blend with modern high-quality materials to create a new chic look that can be timeless.

Q. When did you first start selling/creating vintage jewelry pieces?

I have always been fascinated by vintage pieces, but started selling my jewelry three years ago by word of mouth and now I am working towards building a larger business.

Q. Please describe your favorite eras in detail:

I have always been fascinated by the 1950s. The polished ladylike look, beautiful jewels and big full skirts make me melt! My interest in the era was initially peaked by my Mom who talks about my Grandmother, Constance, who passed before I was born. My mom always talked about how she worked in a dress shop, was so fashionable and always wore the big beautiful full dresses of that era. I have been in love ever since! I think it's so lovely that during those days, people took time to dress up for the theater or even just a shopping trip. Since I live in New York, I always find it fascinating to Google pictures from New York in the 1950s to see how the women and men dressed. They just look so dapper. I love it! I use a lot of old pictures and jewelry advertisements from the 1950s as inspiration when designing my jewelry. Of course, I love when I can incorporate time pieces from that era into my pieces. The 1950s feels timeless, sophisticated and elegant.

Goldstone Brooch Triple Strand Necklace $50

Q. Where do you buy your vintage items?

I try to support fellow Etsians by buying vintage brooches and odds and ends on Etsy. I also LOVE A grain of sand. They are based in North Carolina, which I have a sweet spot for since I went to college there, and they always have new unique vintage goodies for crafting beautiful pieces. I also like the thrill of the hunt at flea markets and antique shops. You never know what you will find.

Q. Where are your products sold (online/stores)?

My goal is to get into boutiques, but right now I sell ready to ship and custom pieces on Etsy and Wedzu. The links are below:
LC Vintage Jewelry on Etsy and
LC Vintage Jewelry on Wedzu

I also have a Facebook page if you want more behind the scenes peaks at my creative process. Besides jewelry, I post links and images that inspire me.

Seed Bead Vintage Brooch Necklace $130

Q. What advice can you give others who are interested in selling vintage/vintage jewelry?

I would say to make sure you do your homework and research the time periods so you know what you are getting is good quality vintage items. If you like to create, mix and match vintage pieces to create a new look. If you want to sell a piece as is, just make sure you give buyers detailed information on the era so they know it's a reputable piece.

Q. Describe yourself in three words:

Personable, Ladylike, Fashionable

Q. Is there is anything else you'd like to share with us?

Along with the pieces that I design and create, I love doing custom work for Brides and everyday. It's always so nice to incorporate a family heirloom into a brand new piece that you can wear everyday or on a special occasion. I am getting married in October and am incorporating parts of my Grandmother's jewelry into my necklace to keep them with my on that day and also design something extra special for my walk down the aisle. Thank you for letting me share my story!