Wednesday, November 24, 2010
My name is Debbie and my shop name is Bumper Stickers N More, I just had my one year Etsy Anniversary last week. I live in Ohio and I started selling vintage because of a find in the attic of a property that I bought a few years ago.
2- What do you sell?
Mostly vintage vacation bumper stickers but I have a lot of school items too. The stuff I found is like a time capsule from the 50’s through the 70’s. A schoolteacher used to own the property and luckily for us he was a pack rat and loved paper ephemera items.
3- Favorite decade for vintage?
I guess the 70’s because that’s when I grew up and it just makes me feel good to see those items with the bright colors and happy hippie vibe.
4- Favorite vintage item you own? Or regret having sold in the past?
I regret selling my Desperately Seeking Susan Madonna jacket last year. I bought it new in the 80’s from a magazine ad and it sold on ebay auction to a London Madonna fan club president, so I guess it went to a good place but it’s such a rare item I kind of wish I’d kept it sometimes.
5- Favorite item you are currently selling? And why?
I guess my favorite item is the Tiki Gardens bumper sticker. We used to take family vacations to Florida a lot in the 60’s and 70’s but somehow we must have missed this place cause I sure don’t remember it and it looks so special, I wish I could have gone there. Everyone else’s favorite seems to be the Woodsy Owl poster, which is cool too.
6- Best advice for newbies?
I’m a newbie myself, so got any for me? LOL. I don’t have all this figured out but I read the success stories and tips, I guess just read all you can about what other successful sellers have done and try to implement as may suggestions as you can.
7- Favorite web sites? Or blogs? (clickable, please)
8- Favorite movies? Or TV?
The Education of Little Tree, The Doe Boy, Somewhere In Time, Dark Shadows and all of Johnny Depp’s movies
9- Favorite music?
Jeff Buckley, Elton John, Robbie Robertson, Concrete Blonde/Johnette Napolitano, Korn
10- Favorite books? Authors?
Interview with the Vampire, Anne Rice
Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
Black Elk Speaks, John Niehardt
The Education of Little Tree, Forrest Carter
The Outsider, Colin T. Wilson
10- Where do you see yourself in ten years?
Hopefully retired from my day job and selling vintage and handmade full time
11- What else should we know about you/ your business?
I enjoy hearing from customers about their memories of the places my bumper stickers came from and it’s nice to know that a lot of the sales are gifts, I’m happy to ship these to the recipient’s address without an invoice, I’ll even gift wrap for free upon request.I’m an artist and jewelry maker who also runs another shop on Etsy featuring Native American style hairpipe chokers.
12- List your (clickable) links.