I was a casual buyer for a couple years. One day I was browsing and realized there was a vintage category and the proverbial light bulb went off! I've always been a collector and I love going to estate sales. Since I find so much great stuff and can’t keep it all, I knew I’d found a way to feed my passion.
(this is slightly creepy...but i love it extra because of its eeriness!)
How do you find items for Sunny Day Vintage?
I shop at Chicago estate sales every weekend and focus on pieces that are well made, in wonderful colors, iconic for their time or things that just appeal to me. I travel to Wisconsin often, so I hit the sales there too. Typically, I find that if I like it, chances are good someone else will too.
How did you develop a successful shop without using Facebook or Twitter?
I’m obsessive! I’m constantly in my shop, tweaking, analyzing, re-shooting and re-writing. I try to focus on mint or near-mint pieces. Obviously vintage means old, and there will often be wear, but I try for pieces in the best possible condition. I also advertise off Etsy on blogs that reach my target market, and I analyze the views and bounce rates to be sure I’m getting good value for my ad dollars. I also occasionally write blog posts for other bloggers, which brings me additional exposure.
I am finally getting back to featured seller Fridays again!
Today I am introducing kts815on etsy who also goes by reFresh. The shop is owned by the married duo Kathleen & Andy. They are just starting out on etsy, so look for plenty more from these two in the future!
Their shop has some pretty sweet vintage goods. Check out our chat below along with some of my favorite picks from the shop...
What made you want to start selling vintage?
Selling vintage was sort of a "happy accident" for my husband and I.
It started as a low cost hobby, we loved spending our weekends searching flea markets, junk shops, and estate sales for unique odds and ends to decorate our first apartment with. We got hooked on the buying experience. Meeting interesting people and coming home with a car full of "stuff" was so much more fun the mall experiences where we would came home frazzled and broke!
After a while our collection was growing way too big, so we decided some of it had to go. We started researching and then that became a hobby too. Before we knew it we were buying, researching, and selling more and more. That's when we decided to set up an Etsy shop, where our vintage now shares a space with the handcrafted reclaimed barn wood furniture & decor side of our business.
Your shop is relatively new on etsy, what are your future plans for it?
To post the remainder of our inventory as soon as possible! I'm a perfectionist, so getting our 200+ items photographed, researched, and posted has been slow for me. We're hoping to double our inventory by the end of the week.
What is your favorite thing about selling vintage?
There's so much I love about it... my favorite thing would have to be the people I meet doing this. Every week I get to meet such a great variety of people with these incredible stories about their stuff. That's really what vintage is all about for me; the people, stories and history that enrich our finds.