How did you get into vintage?
I have always loved and collected antiques for my home so it was a pretty easy segue into selling vintage online. Fortunately I live in a 200 year old house which precludes indulging my passion for midmod furniture and accessories, and this makes it somewhat easier to part with all the pottery and glass that I’ve accumulated and love so much!
Where do you get your inspiration from?
I am a student of art history and I am inspired by decorative arts, architecture, and the history of design generally. I am a child of the 1960’s and perhaps I’m longing for my lost youth, but I now fully appreciate and truly enjoy seeking out mid-century items to offer to my customers.
What is your favorite vintage object?
My very favorite vintage item is my Bubble Cut Barbie that I desperately wanted and received for my seventh birthday in 1963, the day before JFK was assassinated. I vividly recall happily playing with her on the living room floor as my mother ironed clothes and cried as she watched the tragic events unfold on the black and white TV. I adore vintage clothing and accessories, and even now I occasionally take her out and dress her in those fabulous vintage numbers, which are still chic and timeless, and so beautifully made.
How did you get into selling on etsy and why etsy?
I had never heard of Etsy until about 5 years ago or so through a friend who was a jewelry designer and was considering opening a shop. When I found that I could sell vintage on Etsy, I decided to open my own shop, where I could combine my love of research, writing and shopping for vintage treasures. I was drawn to Etsy because of the spirit of camaraderie and community amongst the sellers, and the low fee structure was certainly very appealing. Initially I began selling an eclectic assortment of items, but over time I have found my niche in mid-century modern decorative objects, particularly West German pottery and Scandinavian and Italian pottery and glass.
What is your favorite thing in the world?
That’s very easy--my favorite thing in the world is the unconditional and unreserved love of my three rescued Basset Hounds, my cat, and my dear boyfriend, all of whom I love beyond measure.
Mary is also the administrator at the Vintage Village, a "go to" place for vintage dealers to link the various shops they sell from, including their own websites, and they can also sell directly from the site itself.
Check out her shop and pinterest too :-)