Please ignore all the formatting issues in this post. Blogger is hating me right now. This week’s featured seller is the lovely Anna of Revolving Styles. I’m loving this shop because there is such a breadth of vintage items that anybody is certain to find something. I also can’t resist the cutest little inspiration behind a shop that I’ve ever seen!!!
Q. What’s the story behind Revolving Styles?
A. I adore clothes. I wouldn’t say I was stylish or found my style until college, but I remember digging through my mom’s 70s items and wearing so many of her pieces to school. I thought they were so different and neat. Then, in college when I attended UC Berkeley, I discovered The Buffalo Exchange- a hip, retro trade, buy, sell store with an awful smell, but unique and stylish clothing. That was fun. This helped me realize my love for clean lines, bold and solid colors, and tailored items, which most of my wardrobe became when I finished my Master’s in Teaching and taught middle school for 4 years. Now, I still have the same style, but a big baby boy turning 1 in a month and a love for 50s and 60s vintage.
As for the name, it implies circular motion which is what I feel current fashion is- a cycle of fashions from the past. Most people phrase it as “evolving,” but that seems to imply that current fashion is better than the past, which I don’t necessarily agree with. I feel that revolving describes vintage apparel more accurately, and of course, vintage clothing is extremely stylish.
Q. Describe yourself in exactly seven words.
A. Loud. Quirky. Outgoing. Focused. Industrious. Loyal. Fickle.
Q. Coke or Pepsi?
A. Neither. I don’t really drink caffeinated drinks. Water.
Q. What do you most love about vintage items?
A. I love the timelessness of the items. From the material to the style, vintage items literally and figuratively hold strong.
Q. What advice do you have for new Etsy sellers?
A. This question makes me grin because I feel ill-equipped to offer advice since I am a new Etsy seller myself. I just started my shop on November 8 of this year, but I am pleased somewhat with my sales. My goal is to reach 40 by 2010 and I’m very close. I have learned 3 main things from veteran Etsians that I think have proved helpful to me. They are:
- Take good pictures and don’t use flash.
- Promote, promote, promote. Either on twitter, facebook, craftcult, Shrimp Salad Circus’s Blog, etc. There are so many ways.
- Tag your items well so that people can find you.
Q. What have you most recently seen in theaters? What’d ya think of it?
A. Twilight, and I think I’m in love with Edward Cullen.
Q. If you could invent anything to give out to all new mothers, what would it be, and why?
A. A machine that could make your newborn sleep through the night. I love my son, but I literally thought I was going to die the first month he was born due to sleep deprivation. I have developed very prominent dark circles under my eyes since, but they are so worth it.
Q. I know you’re a
A. This one is so hard. I have never been to
Q. How do you select the pieces to sell in your shop?
A. I ask myself 2 questions:
- Would I wear this?
- Are there any non-removable stains, such as armpit stains or irreparable holes or damage. I hate those. I look for anything vintage.
Q. What’s your best holiday memory?
A. My best holiday memory is
Q. What’s the best thing about being a mom?
A. This question is the hardest one. Everything is wonderful. Even the sleepless nights are worth it. They get more and more fun as they get older and can start saying “mama” (mine just did), walk, make funny faces. It’s amazing to see their personalities develop and amazing how much you can love someone so unconditionally. The cutest is when they hug you back or give you wet sloppy kisses.
Q. What’s your favorite Etsy shop and blog? (include links, please)
A. My favorite Etsy shop is one of my best friends, who hand makes everything for little girls and babies at Itty Bitty Love.
I have 2 other blogs I like besides yours!!
Much Love – she has great photography and
Affordable Accoutrements, which has stunning home décor finds!
Also, people who subscribe to Revolving Styles receive information on secret sales, discounts, and promos, so if anyone is interested, they can email Anna at [email protected] and she’ll add you to the list! Thanks!