So, please meet Justine Carroll, the owner of Etsy shop Vintspiration.
How would you describe yourself?
Born and bred in Brooklyn, NY and recently moved upstate to Saratoga county and loving the laid back, country lifestyle. I've been a fan of all things vintage since I was in junior high. I'm very drawn to fashion and trends. I love to shop in thrifts and 90% of my home and wardrobe are second hand. I have two younger sisters who keep me keen on what's cool or just about to be.
By day I am an Executive Assistant at a non-profit and have pretty much always sold vintage as a way to make some extra money, and even more so as a hobby. Selling vintage is a wonderful second income and perhaps one day, when I retire or if I marry, I may switch gears to doing this full time, but at the moment I'm content with part-time online vintage shop owner.
Why did you decide to open a shop on Etsy? How long have you been on Etsy?
I've been selling online since 1999, first with eBay, then briefly on my own website and finally on Etsy. I've been on Etsy for a few years, had shops under other names but eventually settled on Vintspiration. I also have a vintage shop for children called Tiny Vintspiration.
Vintage has always inspired me. I used to write a monthly feature for a website titled Vintage Inspirations where I took trends from today and showed items that would fit that trend in vintage. It really is my entire aesthetic. I gravitate toward vintage that is "in style" at the moment or classic basics, rather than just picking items because they are from the past. Therefore my shop continually shifts and evolves along with the fashion trends. Vintage + Inspiration = Vintspiration!
Where do you source items for your shop? What do you look for?
I shop for my stock at thrift shops, estate sales, yard and garage sales. I keep prices pretty reasonable and normally do not price anything above the $50 mark unless it's a rare or designer piece. I consider all of my items to be wearable and not necessarily collectible. I find many of the items I sell deliver to college campuses or cities and neighborhoods where there are many people in their 20s. I pride myself on stocking affordable and trendy vintage.
I don't like Etsy, I LOVE Etsy! It's the perfect market for selling vintage online. Unlike eBay where there's way too much being sold there, on Etsy it has a curated feel. Strictly vintage and handmade. Eclectic and trendy, young and inspired. Not to mention the reasonable prices to sell, the wonderful look and feel of the site, the ease of use, the stellar customer service. It truly is the best place on the internet to buy and sell.
I hope you've enjoyed 'meeting' Justine and taking a peek at some of the lovely pieces she has listed in her shop. As a bonus, she is offering a special discount code for my readers, so please visit!
Coupon code NORBYAH will snag 15% off any item in the shop through October. :)
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