Friday, April 18, 2014

Etsy Confessions: Milk Teeths

Long before I discovered Ashley's Etsy shop, Milk Teeths, I actually found her blog.  Early on in my fashion blog reading days, I remember stumbling on hers because of all the vintage and thrifted clothing that she wears.  I became a regular visitor and have long admired her style.

Then I discovered Etsy.  

When I realized that Ashley also had an Etsy shop, I was over the moon.  Her shop contains such a refreshing selection of vintage items that she's curated, ranging anywhere from the 50s, 60s and even the 70s.  I especially love her decidedly ethnic selection of items clearly influenced by where she lives.  There's very much a southwest vibe happening in her shop.

It's my pleasure to introduce you to Ashley.

How would you describe yourself? 
I guess I would call myself an introverted extrovert. I suspect most people who blog and are active on social media fall into this category!

What are your interests? Your profession? Your aspirations?
I'm a big history nerd, especially when it comes to local Southern California history (which is where I'm from), I like looking through online databases searching for old forgotten photos of California and reading about local histories. In the same vein, I love traveling around Southern California and discovering cool, off the beaten path points of interest.

Besides my Etsy shop, I work at a public relations agency as a social media manager for a variety of fashion and lifestyle brands. Definitely keeps me on my toes!
As far as aspirations, definitely going full time with my shop is something I've dreamed about and is a goal I am working towards. Being my own boss is the ultimate dream.

Why did you decide to open a shop on Etsy? How long have you been on Etsy?
I've been on Etsy (as a different vintage shop) since 2009. When I started I was in college and was looking to make some extra spending money. I'd be at the thrift store and pass up garments that weren't my size but still thought were super cute. I had read about Etsy online (it was still pretty new at this point) and it seemed like a good place to sell vintage clothing so I thought, “why not?” and the rest is history.

Significance of Etsy shop name?
It's called MILK TEETHS, the same as my blog. The name really has no significance, when I started blogging I just picked a name I thought sounded cool. “Milk teeth” was taken so I added an “s” and there you have it. Milk teeth is an old timey way of saying baby teeth that phrase had always stuck with me, you don't really hear it all too much these days.

Where do you source items for your shop?  What do you look for?
Mostly thrift stores with the occasional rag house trip. I look for pieces that I'd wear myself. I tend to gravitate towards colorful patterns, well made tomboy staples (super into denim everything right now), and 60s-70s era pieces.

What do you like about Etsy?
The community for sure. There are so many wonderful shop owners and it's amazing to think that Etsy has provided people the opportunity to make their “hobbies” into viable businesses. The buyers are generally very sweet and I love receiving e-mails and messages from people telling me how much they cherish the piece they bought. Best feeling ever.

Ashley is generously offering my readers a 15% off coupon code.  Simply type in "norbyah15" at check out.

You can find Ashley here:

And for more vintage, check out her boyfriend Grant's shop, Cardigan King.

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