Monday, January 31, 2011

Interview with Nancy of Ldy Lux Vintage

Nancy and her partner, Bri Carr operate Ldy Lux Vintage. Bri handles the the blog and Nancy does most everything else. I met Nancy of Ldy Lux Vintage through the Vintage Etsy Twitter team, also tagged on Twitter as #vett. She and I both live in the Houston area. She has really cute vintage clothing and accessories. We've chatted a few times through Twitter and also on Facebook and I hope we get to meet someday. She lives a little north of Houston and I live right smack dab near downtown.

Q. Tell us a little about yourself:

I am married to a WONDERFUL man and between us, we have 3 children. Their ages are 18, 11 and 10. We also have 4 dogs that are our babies as well :)

Q. When did you first start selling vintage clothing?

I first started selling vintage almost 2 years ago. I have always loved anything with history. I initially started selling it out of my house to some great customers. Then I stumbled upon etsy and I fell in love. I had no idea how many vintage lovers there were out in the world! I was so excited to share this passion with others.

Q. Please describe your favorite eras in detail:

I would have to say that the 60's has to be one of my favorite eras. My major influence was Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. She always had such an elegance about her. I loved the way she carried herself and her style was just so classic, yet fashionable. The gloves, the hats, the dresses and the sunglasses...oh, the glasses! The glasses were to die for! I have a huge collection of glasses (both new and vintage). What I wouldn't give to get my hands on a pair from her collection.

The 80's are also a big part of who I am. I grew up in the 80's. It's when I discovered my style and fashion. So that era has a special place in my heart.

I'm also a mod type girl. I have a thing for boots. They had some of the best boots ever!

Q. Where do you buy your vintage items?

I purchase my vintage treasures from many sources. I scour the pages of Craigslist. I have found SO many great pieces this way. I also use it for finding estate sales. Estate sales are so great because you get to see the people who actually owned the pieces and sometimes you'll actually get a story about the origins of the pieces. I love finding out the history of the great items I find. Lastly, I go to thrift stores in my city and the cities close to me. When I'm on vacation, I make sure that I go to thrift stores while I'm there. I have found some great items that way!

Q. Where are your products sold (online/stores)?

The majority of my items are sold in my Etsy shop. I do occasionally have a customer that will buy from my home.

Q. What advice can you give others who are interested in selling vintage/vintage clothing/accessories?

Wow, there are SO many! However, the BEST advice I can give to someone who is just starting out is to be very patient. It takes time to get your name out there and to build relationships with other online sellers and buyers. I have to say that the vintage community is AWESOME! Everyone is so friendly and willing to help others out with tips and advice. Get yourself on Twitter, Facebook and any other social media sites to interact with others who have experience. They will be willing to help you! Also, try and answer any questions the buyer has about your items right away. I know that sometimes it's hard, but I do it by having a smart phone. All my emails and alerts go right to my phone. I would say that 90% of the time, I can answer right away. If I'm not able to, I send them a quick answer to say that I am not where I can answer their question at the moment. I give them an estimate of time (depending on what I'm doing) and then make sure I follow through. That way they aren't waiting for an answer. Oh, and also describe your items are described in detail. It helps the customer decide if that piece is for them.

Q. Describe yourself in three words:

Understanding, Supporting, Sensitive

Q. Is there is anything else you'd like to share with us?

My ultimate goal at the moment is to open a brick and mortar store in addition to my online store. I want my customers to experience the thrill of walking into the store and basking in all the vintage glory! :)

 You can find Ldy Lux Vintage online at the following places:

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Things I love today!

Vintage Draped Chiffon Illusion Cocktail Dress S M
by Vogue Vintage Clothing. 

This dress would be fabulous to wear out to a super fancy cocktail party! Love the 50s!

Pair Vintage Wrought Iron Brackets for Plants by Luvvin Jewels.

I love these! They're really shabby and cool! They look great on the brick wall as displayed.

Little Wicker Fishing Basket Picnic by Retro Chalet.

Makes me want to go have a picnic! The weather is beautiful picnic
weather in Houston today!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Fun day in Houston!

Today was an absolutely gorgeous day in Houston. Blue skies and not one cloud in sight. The temperature was in the high 50s. Quite a stunning day to be precise!

After doing a few things around the house, I decided to take Dominic to do some fun stuff when he woke up from his nap. I signed up for Corner Bakery on Facebook about a month ago and got a postcard for a free combo in the mail yesterday. My son and I went to Corner Bakery when he woke up from his nap. I ordered their Ruben sandwich! I love it!

After lunch, we decided to go to the park. I took a lot of fun photo's of D!

We left the park around 4:30 and had to come home for a few minutes to walk my dog, Hana. I usually like to walk her between 4:30 and 5:00pm because it's still daylight. We walked Hana and then decided to go the the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Tuesdays are free days at the museum. It's a great museum, but normal admission is like $15 for adults or something crazy like that. I usually take Dominic once every few months and we always go on Tuesday. My son calls this museum the "dinosaur museum" because that's where the dinosaurs are.

They also have this great rock/mineral section that I think it so cool! The rocks are so pretty!

After visiting the Houston Museum of Natural Science, we went to The Village. The Village is a little community of shops/stores, located 1/2 mile or so west of Rice University. We went to Urban Outfitters, The Gap and Half Price Books.

I try and spend quality time with Dominic because he's growing up so quickly. He'll be four on Sunday. Boo hoo!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Treasury featuring flowers and shades of yellow, gold, butterscotch & amber

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I've decided to keep my mid century modern Wegner style lounge chair...

I wrote a few days ago about the mid century modern Hans Wegner style lounge chair I purchased to resell in my shop. Yesterday, I decided to use some fabric I purchased at an estate sale and slip cover the ugly original cushions. I thought we could use the chair until it sold.

This is the fabric I used to cover the chair with:

I decided to put the chair and ottoman in our bedroom when I finished. Justin, my husband, thought it was our chair from downstairs (I have an identical chair already, but no ottoman). I told him, "no, this is a new chair with an ottoman". He was like, "you need to keep this set". I agreed with him. Chairs like this, especially with the ottoman, don't pop up at estate sales everyday. I'm glad he wanted to keep it, because I did too!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Vintage mid century danish modern arm chair and matching ottoman

So I went to an estate sale here in Houston a few days ago and found this amazing vintage mid century danish modern arm chair and matching ottoman:

I wouldn't say the set is so amazing just yet. Both pieces do need to be reupholstered with some modern day fabric because the current fabric is BUTT ugly, but the chair/ottoman design are super fabulous! You can look at the listing in my detail by clicking on the photo above!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Interview with Lindsay of LC Vintage Jewelry

Lindsay Van Cleave is the mastermind behind LC Vintage Jewelry . She randomly created an Etsy treasury a few days ago and included one of my 1950s vintage brooches. I took a peek at her shop and fell in love with so many of her pieces. I asked Lindsay if she would be interested in doing a blog interview and she gladly obliged.

Custom Vintage Brooch Bridal Bracelet $175
Photo taken by Tyler Wirken of Wirken Photography

Q. Tell me a little about yourself:

My name is Lindsay Van Cleave, I currently live in New York City where I work in advertising and am passionate about developing my jewelry business, LC Vintage. I have loved design and crafts since I was a little. I was always the girl who had a special craft to make as a party favor for all my birthday parties. My designs are inspired by vintage fashion and my grandmothers – Ida, Constance and Sara – whose vintage jewelry I still wear today. I love the stories behind finding vintage pieces to blend with modern high-quality materials to create a new chic look that can be timeless.

Q. When did you first start selling/creating vintage jewelry pieces?

I have always been fascinated by vintage pieces, but started selling my jewelry three years ago by word of mouth and now I am working towards building a larger business.

Q. Please describe your favorite eras in detail:

I have always been fascinated by the 1950s. The polished ladylike look, beautiful jewels and big full skirts make me melt! My interest in the era was initially peaked by my Mom who talks about my Grandmother, Constance, who passed before I was born. My mom always talked about how she worked in a dress shop, was so fashionable and always wore the big beautiful full dresses of that era. I have been in love ever since! I think it's so lovely that during those days, people took time to dress up for the theater or even just a shopping trip. Since I live in New York, I always find it fascinating to Google pictures from New York in the 1950s to see how the women and men dressed. They just look so dapper. I love it! I use a lot of old pictures and jewelry advertisements from the 1950s as inspiration when designing my jewelry. Of course, I love when I can incorporate time pieces from that era into my pieces. The 1950s feels timeless, sophisticated and elegant.

Goldstone Brooch Triple Strand Necklace $50

Q. Where do you buy your vintage items?

I try to support fellow Etsians by buying vintage brooches and odds and ends on Etsy. I also LOVE A grain of sand. They are based in North Carolina, which I have a sweet spot for since I went to college there, and they always have new unique vintage goodies for crafting beautiful pieces. I also like the thrill of the hunt at flea markets and antique shops. You never know what you will find.

Q. Where are your products sold (online/stores)?

My goal is to get into boutiques, but right now I sell ready to ship and custom pieces on Etsy and Wedzu. The links are below:
LC Vintage Jewelry on Etsy and
LC Vintage Jewelry on Wedzu

I also have a Facebook page if you want more behind the scenes peaks at my creative process. Besides jewelry, I post links and images that inspire me.

Seed Bead Vintage Brooch Necklace $130

Q. What advice can you give others who are interested in selling vintage/vintage jewelry?

I would say to make sure you do your homework and research the time periods so you know what you are getting is good quality vintage items. If you like to create, mix and match vintage pieces to create a new look. If you want to sell a piece as is, just make sure you give buyers detailed information on the era so they know it's a reputable piece.

Q. Describe yourself in three words:

Personable, Ladylike, Fashionable

Q. Is there is anything else you'd like to share with us?

Along with the pieces that I design and create, I love doing custom work for Brides and everyday. It's always so nice to incorporate a family heirloom into a brand new piece that you can wear everyday or on a special occasion. I am getting married in October and am incorporating parts of my Grandmother's jewelry into my necklace to keep them with my on that day and also design something extra special for my walk down the aisle. Thank you for letting me share my story!