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Monday, October 5, 2009

GlamourScoop - Interview with Carol of Dandelion Vintage

Today we spend some time with the lovely Carol of Dandelion Vintage. Carol also has a blog called Life of a Jersey Girl and is the gal who started The Vintage Bulletin which is a multi-user vintage clothing blog.

Can you tell us a little about yourself?
"I was born on the side of a hill" - I don't know. I'm any only child. I've lived in NJ all my life - love it - no desire to live anywhere else. I grew up with parents who were part-time antique dealers. They drug me around to bottle digs at old trash dumps, flea markets at 5AM, all day auctions, bottle shows, antique shows, car shows - from as far back as I can remember. They started me out collecting Victorian baby bottles and I've been collecting ever since. I worked in retail for 11 years which turned out to be great training for starting and running my vintage business online. My favorite color is green, my favorite car is a Mustang and I have 2 English Bulldogs - Boris and Harlow.

What is your own personal style like?
I always have something vintage on when I go out, even if it's just my purse. In the Summer I'm in 1940-50s cotton day dresses, Swirl and Princess Peggy being favorites of mine. Fall is harder because it's so hard to find vintage pants that fit me. But I'll be in vintage blouses and sweaters, also from the 1940-50s and about 70% of my shoes are vintage. The 1930s are actually my favorite era, but it's hard to find the right size, and to find something that I don't worry about damaging.

You also have an online store, what do you specialize in?
My main focus is on affordable, wearable vintage clothing from Victorian to mid-1960s. My goal is to provide vintage clothing, lingerie and accessories to gals who are looking for pieces to add to their everyday wardrobe, at prices that they can afford.

Can you describe your process for selecting items for your store?
I buy what I like. I don't read fashion magazines, or keep up with trends or Fashion Week or anything. None of that applies to the vintage that I sell. I just try to buy vintage that is in wearable condition, at a price that I can resell and make a profit and still keep it affordable for my customers.

What was your inspiration for starting the Vintage Bulletin Blog?
I had been a fan of the Sew Retro blog, http://sewretro.blogspot.com/ which is a multi member blog where people post about their sewing projects that use vintage patterns or fabrics. I thought the multi poster idea would be a good way for vintage clothing people to post about what they collect and what they sell (especially since most public vintage message boards don't let you talk about selling) It's just easy extra exposure for sellers to promote, and collectors to share. I thought it would also be good for those who don't have their own blog to have a place where they can do an occasional post. Kind of a Go-to place for vintage eye candy.

How can someone get involved in the Vintage Bulletin?
A seller or a collector, with or without a website or online store can join to share what they sell or collect or share vintage images and information about vintage clothing. I only ask that you post at least once a month to remain a member and that you place a link to the Vintage Bulletin somewhere, to help generate visits to the blog. It is free to join and I do not make any money from the blog.

What other blogs do you read that you think would be of interest to the vintage community?
There are so many, too many.
What do you feel is the biggest misconception about vintage fashion?
There are so many!
Vintage is not a trend. When 'Trend Followers' leave vintage behind and move onto the next trend, people like me who have lived vintage for so long will still be die hard vintage lovers with their favorite eras and styles.
Vintage is not costumey if done right.
Vintage does not naturally smell old (unless you don't clean it)
Just because you call something 'vintage' doesn't make it worth more.

Are there certain eras that you like?
For clothing, homes, home decor and cars, I love the 1930s to early 1940s. I can't give you any big $5 words to explain why I love those eras, I just do. From simple cotton farm wife dresses, pick-up trucks and farmhouses, to the glamour of Myrna Loy and Jean Harlow, I love it all.

What do you collect?
I collect Boudoir dolls, any pretty lady figurines, Rose O'Neill Kewpies, green kitchenware (20s-40s green) items related to Strathmere NJ.

When you aren't working on your store or blogs how do you spend your time?
In the Summer I get 1 day a week off. That's Saturday, and I spend that day at the Jersey Shore. I like to read (this Summer I was obsessed with Jane Austen-related books) I like cross stitching and sewing and craft projects. I spend a lot of time spoiling my dogs. I maintain a website about the history of Strathmere NJ that I started it about 7 years ago.

You'd laugh if you knew this about me.
So many things, you have no idea.

1 comment:

elena-lu said...

cool! love to get the 'glamour scoop'!!!