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Thank you Denisebrain!

March 22nd, 2010 § 0 comments


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I’ve been  handed the “Beautiful Blogger Award” tiara by Denisebrain, who is one of my all time favorite vintage clothing sellers. If you’re not already familiar with her, then please check out her site. She has a great sense of style, and she’s one a hell of a model.  I am honored that she thought of me.

I’m going to pass on this award to Hollis at Past Perfect Vintage.   I have a been a fan for years – her stock is amazing, and she is one of the most knowledgeable people out there.   I was lucky enough to spend an afternoon with her over the summer when she was visiting Maine, and she is once of the coolest people I have ever met.

I’m going to use the questions that were posed to Maggie, because I thought they were great.

Award Rules:

1. Thank and link the person who gave you the award
2. Pass this award on to bloggers you recently discovered and think deserve this award
3. Contact said blogs and let them know they’ve won
4. State seven facts about yourself.

1. Why do you call your business northstarvintage?

When I first started selling on eBay in 1998 (!!!) I wanted to call myself galaxievintage, in honor of the car that my husband was driving when we first were dating.  But the name was taken.  I still wanted something to do with outer space and the name hit me one day when I was looking at some Salem North Star china.

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2. Creating your brand – how did you decide upon the  look of your photos?

As you can see from my previous post about my Ceil Chapman finds, I’ve had a serious learning curve!  My very first photos were taken using a film camera.  We spread out the clothing on a sheet on a dining room table.  Probably because he felt sorry for me, my dad bought me a dress form, which I used until it fell to pieces.  I had interludes with several mannequins and lighting setups.  Like relationships some were good, some were bad, but I learned something from all of them.

Finally two years ago I bought professional lighting, backdrops, and a lightweight headless dress form.  For the most part I’ve been thrilled with the results.  I am a minimalist when it comes to design, and this setup suits my needs perfectly.

3. Criteria for vintage selections

I’ll buy almost anything that I know I can resell, but I am a sucker for novelty prints, pre-50’s day wear, pre-60’s men’s work and sportswear, 40’s women’s pants or beach pajamas, vintage gabardine (especially women’s suits and men’s jackets), vintage L.L. Bean (or any Maine made) clothing, and anything vintage related to motorcycles.

4. Developing your online business that still has a ‘personal’ touch.

I try to remember my buyers so when they return, I thank them for their repeat business.  When they have become good long term customers, try I work out some sort of discount to show my appreciation.  And I always remember who buys the most spectacular items!

5. How do you keep yourself moving forward?

It’s easy – I LOVE my job!  How could I not want to go out and buy beautiful  vintage?  I’m also a geek for research and will spend hours trying to figure out the provenance of a label.  The tough part is all the mundane work:  photoshopping;  cleaning and steaming and mending;   packing and shipping;  and worse of all, the administrative stuff.

6. where do you find your items?

Everywhere.  When you start looking and connecting with people, you find that’s it’s all around you.

7. What is one thing about you that none of your customers and fans would ever guess about you?

Though I own a lot of vintage, the only piece I wear with any consistency is my Brooks Cafe Racer Jacket.

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