Wednesday, November 10, 2010
1- Tell us a bit about you?
I'm Alison and I live in Seattle with my husband and two cats. I recently finished my dissertation on medieval manuscripts so obviously, I love old things. More than that though, I love putting old things in context, whether they are 12th century manuscripts or 1960s enamel teapots. I especially love doing research about the items in my shop and I try to know as much as I can about each and every item I have for sale.
2- What do you sell?
The bulk of my shop is dedicated to 1950s-1970s home-goods and kitchenwares. My predilection is for items with clean lines and a modern feel. Honestly though, if I like something, I get it for the shop. And my husband is the co-creator of the store, so his taste for vintage steampunk accessories and mid-century electronics is also represented.
3- Favorite decade for vintage?
4- Favorite vintage item you own? Or regret having sold in the past?
Oh goodness, I try never to regret anything I sell. I have to let things go or else my house would be bursting at the seams! I would say my favorite vintage item is my Drexel Declaration room divider/hutch. My husband and I got it for each other on our 5th wedding anniversary. We keep a few shop items in the cubbies (like the Dansk dutch oven), but most of the items are from our collection. (http://www.flickr.com/photos/52168366@N07/5064201858/)
5- Favorite item you are currently selling? And why?
That's hard! I would say it's my copper coffee pot and creamer set right now. It's so shiny and its lines really exemplifies the clean lines of the 1960s that I love. (http://www.etsy.com/listing/58013682/danish-modern-copper-coffee-pot-and)
6- Best advice for newbies?
Sell what you love. Folks can tell if you're not passionate about what you do!
7- Favorite web sites? Or blogs? (Clickable links, please.)
8- Favorite movies? Or TV?
I love foreign films. A few of my favorites are Nowhere in Africa (Nirgendwo in Afrika) and Together (Tillsammans).
9- Favorite music?
Dar Williams is my favorite singer!
10- Favorite books? Authors?
Given my Ph.D., I am constantly reading, so much so that I don't really have a favorite book or author.
11- Where do you see yourself in ten years?
Hopefully, working at a research library or teaching at a college and still running my shop on the side!
12- What else should we know about you/ your business?
I'm always willing to look for an item for someone. If you are dying to find a certain something, I'm happy to keep an eye out!
13- List your (clickable) links.
My blog: http://www.bitofbutter.com/
My etsy shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/bitofbutter