Friday, February 21, 2014

Etsy Confessions: Flin Flon to Hong Kong

How lucky am I to find another lovely Etsy vintage seller right here in Hong Kong?  Kristy, the lovely owner of Flin Flon to Hong Kong, has an inspiring collection of sweet dresses, blouses and this lovely royal blue coat that I keep coming back to look at.  I think we probably have the same favorite colors.  While she and I have never met, our paths have nearly crossed (Hong Kong is that small, people).  A funny thing happened, on a family outing, Kristy sent me a message through Instagram that she thought she had seen our kiddos in passing and wanted to check that it was in fact us.  I know she and I will sit down over coffee someday and look over her lovely vintage together.

Here she is, Kristy of Flin Flon to Hong Kong.

How would you describe yourself ?
Maybe adventurous and curious... I love nature and the outdoors but also
comfortable roaming around the city. I’m inspired by my friends, travel, mother
nature and I can’t do anything without a cup of coffee in the morning.

What are your interests? Your profession? Your aspirations?
I’ve been working professionally as a dancer/actress/model since 2000. It’s allowed
me opportunities to travel and experience other cultures. A friend introduced me to
yoga while I was working on a cruise ship and I did my first teacher training in 2008.
I’ve been teaching here and there but this spring/summer I will teach more classes.
When I’m not working on my shop I like reading, finding new blogs to get inspired
as well as arts and crafts.

Why did you decide to open a shop on Etsy? How long have you been on
I opened my shop near the end of 2011. At first I didn’t tell anybody with the
exception of a few close friends. Once I started to get the hang of things I began to
share with more people about my side project. I had been wanting to do some sort of
online work and I was inspired by some bloggers who were also selling. As someone
who cares about the environment (I had my own save the earth club as a kid), I like
that vintage is an eco choice that is still fashionable. I’ve been doing everything by
myself including picking items, photography and I also like to make mini movies
which includes filming and editing.

Significance of Etsy shop name?
Well Flin Flon is the name of my small town in Northern Canada. Just the name
itself is a conversation starter as it’s from the book “The Sunless City” where the
main character is Josiah Flintabbatey Flonatin. Throughout the years I’ve been living
in many different places but for the past 5 years Hong Kong has been my home. So
my shop name is Flin Flon to Hong Kong.

Where do you source items for your shop? What do you look for?
Since second hand shops aren’t popular in Hong Kong and the quality isn’t that good,
most items come from elsewhere. As of now, I’d say 95% of my items are coming
from Japan. I do have some items that I’ve picked up in Canada and the USA when I
was on vacation.  I prefer pretty feminine dresses but I do have some quirky ones as well as blouses. I try to pick items that I would wear myself although that can make it hard when they sell! I think vintage offers a uniqueness where you don’t have to worry that someone
else is going to be dressed just like you.

What do you like about Etsy?
Etsy is a great way for sellers to get the hang of things as everything is straight
forward and there’s a community of sellers you can consult with. I like that it’s a
global marketplace. When I see that I’ve a made a sale the most exciting part is
clicking on it to see what country my item is going to be shipped to. Etsy makes the
whole process very simple and easy. I probably wouldn’t have gotten into selling if it
wasn’t for this site.

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Kristy is offering I’m a Norbyah readers 15% off their order (IMANORBYAH15). If you happen to live in Hong Kong and want to meet her for exchange, send her a message beforehand so she can give you the coupon code to exclude shipping cost.  Also, for future visits, if you like her page on Facebook, she'll give you a 10% off coupon.

Here are some other places you can find or follow Kristy:
Twitter: kjinhongkong
Instagram: @kjinhongkong
Pinterest: kjinhongkong
Vimeo: flinflontohongkong
Facebook: flinflontohongkong

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