Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Etsy Confessions: Five Stones Vintage

I'm super excited to bring you my first interview in this Etsy Confessions series.  I'd like you to meet Etsy seller, Eileen of Five Stones Vintage.  I stumbled onto her shop ages ago, and I can tell you that she has an amazing selection of vintage items in her shop and she regularly updates her shop.  She's as sweet as the items she lists and I have come to rely on her excellent care for her customers as part of my shopping experience.  I've posted many an outfit wearing beautiful garments from her Etsy shop.  I really love the novelty prints she chooses.  They are right up my alley.

About Five Stones Vintage:

Five Stones Vintage is a labour of love, offering handpicked one-of-a-kind vintage.
Our taglines are "Go green, wear vintage!" and "You're one of a kind, dress accordingly."
They sum it up pretty well!
Facebook: facebook.com/fivestonesvintage
Instagram: @fivestonesvintage

How would you describe yourself?

My name is Eileen, a tiny girl with a big appetite, a vintage lover who lives life on her own terms.
Hoards hoards of knick-knacks, very stubborn.

What are your interests?
I like old things & old ways of doing things (which is a bit of an oxymoron for someone with an online vintage shop, I know!)  Apart from all things vintage (of course!), I also love thrifting, visiting flea markets everywhere, good food & most recently, cooking!  I adore vintage swimsuits & collect them.

What is your profession? (What is the job of a vintage seller like?)
I am very happy & proud to say I am a full time vintage seller.  Being self-employed is a wonderful experience & by far the most challenging thing I've ever done but I am so grateful everyday to be doing what I love.  I truly believe that if you love your job you never have to work a day.

Five Stones Vintage is a one-(wo)man show and a work day is never boring. I oversee every aspect of the shop - from handpicking the stock selection, sourcing packing supplies, mending, cleaning & refurbishing, ironing, photographing, editing, measuring & listing to posting, promoting, replying queries, accounts & much more!

What is your favorite part of the job?

I don't think I could pick just one, but if I really have to... it would be when a customer tells me that she loves her purchase. That makes my day.

Why did you decide to open a shop on Etsy? (Are there other venues that you sell through?)
I chanced upon Etsy when browsing the web for vintage years ago & decided to open up shop there.
It all started late one afternoon, years ago when I sold my very first item a couple of hours after putting it up - an Avon Owl Perfume Brooch Pin with gleaming green eyes from a little charity shop in Santa Cruz, California.  

It marked the start of a whole new world on Etsy.

I love that Etsy has carved itself out to be a leading marketplace for handmade & vintage!
Unlike other venues, there is a sense of community & the values of a common lifestyle aesthetic which I think has really set Etsy apart from its competitors.

Since August 2012, Five Stones Vintage has been a monthly staple at a local Arts Flea Market (organized by Public Garden).

It's a weekend I look forward to, because mingling with vintage lovers & chatting about anything under the sun is my idea of a good time!  It is also a great opportunity to meet my online customers in person, because one of the things I love about what I do is making a personal connection through our interaction & shared passion for vintage!  I hope to open a brick & mortar store someday.

Significance of Etsy shop name/about the shop?
The name Five Stones Vintage is inspired by the namesake childhood game.  Five stones are usually home-made with fabrics scraps & filled with rice grains or beans & played sitting on the floor.  For me, it represents a sense of nostalgia & childhood because I played five stones as a kid with my sister & grandmother!


Where do you source items for your shop?
Everywhere! I've always got my vintage spy-eye on.  Every piece that goes into the shop is handpicked by me. Most pieces hail from Europe, USA, Japan & even Singapore, but really from anywhere in the world!  It is always a thrill to find a piece of local vintage history - like this Allan Chai sequin disco top from the 1980's! 

Vintage 80's Disco Sequin Slouchy Crop Top XS S or M

This Catalina swimsuit with a kitty cat print was sourced from Singapore & is my absolute, most favorite item ever listed in the shop.  I think I almost regret selling it :(

What do you look for?
I generally look for things that deserve a glorious second-life!  Beyond picking items I would want to wear, I am also shopping for every one of my customers so a good variety of sizes, fabrics & cuts is a must.  For practical reasons, I tend to look out for items suited to our hot tropical climate.  I have a soft spot for novelty prints & am particularly fond of the 50's & 60's as these pieces are more difficult to come by in the Singapore context.

Thanks Eileen for sending in this fantastic interview.  I hope that you'll all check out her Etsy shop, Five Stones Vintage in the next few days for the Mid-Year sale for 15% off everything in her shop.

I'm also excited to offer my first giveaway on this blog.  Follow the steps below to enter for a chance to win a $20 credit to use in the Five Stones Vintage Etsy shop.  Thank you Eileen for this amazing opportunity!

a Rafflecopter giveaway


May said...

Norbyah. Etsy is completely new to me but I'm obsessed with the clothes in her shop!!

Collections said...

I adore Etsy and I'm always glad to be introduced to another amazing shop! Loving these etsy posts.

Unknown said...

I really like the http://www.etsy.com/listing/156323780/july-sale-vintage-80s-chantilly-lace?ref=shop_home_active

(I also posted on the Five Stones Vintage Facebook page as Lauren Rochon)

(Lauren Rochon in Rafflecopter)

Kazumi King said...
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Kazumi King said...

hello norbyah!

i have also a big appetite and i love vintage stuffs. if only i was born in the 18-1920s. =)

i also love thrift items. i find unique stuffs. i would love to have $20 shop credit cause those items are worth it! =)

samantha.tedesco said...

I'm crazy for this bikini:

kitblu said...

I like the Vintage 80's Black Blood Glass Silver Cross Gripoix Necklace. What does gripoix mean?

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