Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Etsy Confessions: House of Maryanne Vintage

Now that I'm back safe and sound (well, mostly...I'm struggling a bit with jet lag as I write this), I'm thrilled to bring you another interview in my Etsy Confessions series.  This time, I'm honored to introduce you to my fellow Aussie, Maryanne Moodie, of House of Maryanne Vintage.  I first stumbled onto Maryanne's shop on Facebook.  I have quite a few vintage gems in my wardrobe that have come from her lovely shop.  

Maryanne recently made a switch from selling through Facebook to opening an Etsy shop (yay!)  and I love that I can keep up with her there.  Those of you who browse on Etsy will know that you can easily see what's new and updated in your favorite shops when you sign in.  It's another fun feature of Etsy.

So, here she is, the lovely Maryanne. 

How would you describe yourself? 
An enthusiastic, happy person who tries to see the good in others and take the time to enjoy the people and places around her. 

What are your interests? Your profession? 
I worked as an Art teacher for many years but always had a obsession with fashion. I love the whole process of getting dressed up.  I do yoga and take long walks on the river.  I try to remember everyday to get outside, take deep breaths, relax my shoulders and smile at my loved ones.

Why did you decide to open a shop on Etsy? How long have you been on Etsy?  
I love colour and prints and beautiful fabrics.  I love the stories that come with Vintage items and the feeling of costume. I had moved from selling at markets, to Ebay, to Facebook and now onto Etsy.  Etsy just feels so much more professional.  I feel like i am in control and have more of an opportunity to get to know my customers.

Significance of Etsy shop name? 
When i was at Uni, I had a very good friend, named Faye.  I would buy so many clothes and then pass them along to her as we were the same size.  When ever she collected compliments, which she often did, she would tell them that she got her outfit from "House of Maryanne".  When i decided to launch a shop, i asked if i could use the name.  She agreed, happy for me to be following my interests  but more than a little put out that she was no longer going to be getting free wardrobe updates. 

Where do you source items for your shop?  What do you look for?
I love beautiful prints and colours. They always photograph well.  I love a simple well cut shape.  Good garment construction is always high on my list .  So much of the clothing available today is fast fashion. It is made cheaply to fall apart.  Vintage has been worn for decades. It is built to last. I have three buyers who source items from overseas - one in San Francisco, One in California, and one in Japan. 

What do you like about Etsy? 
Etsy feels professional.  I feel like they are a good company who look out for their sellers AND buyers.  Transactions feel fluid and well designed.  The interface is beautiful.  I also like the way you can make and look at others curated collections.  The activity feed is lovely and i have joined a few teams.  It feels like a real community. 

I love what Maryanne says about buying vintage in her about page (read it all here), that each vintage piece carries with it the story of it's previous owner and the compliments it's received.  She also says that finding a new home for vintage pieces is not only preserving the piece (and saving it from creating more textile waste), but also about finding it a new heart to treasure it.  

When Maryanne isn't curating her awesome Esty shop, she's busy weaving.  She leads workshops, designs and creates beautiful custom pieces.  Just have a look for yourself!  

Maryanne is also in the process of relocating to NYC (so jealous!), and will be doing a massive clear out as she prepares for her move.  So, keep your eyes on her shop, House of Maryanne Vintage, for some fabulous vintage pieces to be listed.

If you'd like to see more of her weaving, follow her on Instagram @houseofmaryanne and like her page on Facebook for shop updates.

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