Friday, August 9, 2013

Etsy Business Profile: The Heirloom Shoppe




Today we're chatting with Sue, owner of The Heirloom Shoppe on Etsy.

Tell us a bit about you and your shop.
Well, let's see ... my name is Sue and I live in Elgin, Illinois and have all my life. My husband and I have one daughter, a cat and a horse. My daughter is the horse back rider; me, I just write the checks.

Is there a story behind your shop name?
I named my shop The Heirloom Shoppe because most of what I'm selling belonged to my grandparents or parents. I can't keep it all, you know?! Some of it is hard to sell, but keeping it means it continues to sit in a box and that's no good.

Lavender sachets - Heart ornaments - Quilted bear

How did you end up selling vintage? Is it your full time job?
I don't know, one day it just occurred to me that it's the best thing to do, and I'm really enjoying it! I love to create things. I also have a photography shop on Etsy, First Light Photography, so taking and editing the photos is fun for me. This isn't my full time job, I work at our school district as a part time secretary, but this vintage thing has certainly taken over my home. I try every day to clean things up, but there's always something I want to list, so it's sitting around.

When and how did you notice your love for vintage?
My home if filled with primitive antiques so it's always been in me. Some of my listings are even displayed in my home until they sell.

Vintage Mexican basket with berries - Vintage Mexican basket in colors

Do you have a favorite era?
No I don't think so. I know I don't like the stuff from the 70s. I grew up then and styles from then are just a wash for me - ugh!

Do you collect anything (vintage or not)?
I love the old quilts, there are a few hanging on the walls in my home. I even have one hanging on the wall in my office at work. I also love coffee and have way too many coffee cups to my daughter's dismay since she's the one who empties the dishwasher.

Sterling silver bracelet - Florenza necklace - Sterling silver and obsidian bracelet

Is there a special story about any of your sales?
I've got a few of them. I had a Norwegian doll my mom had kept in a closet as long as I can remember. Someone from Norway bought it and I told her I was so glad it was going "home." Someone else bought a suitcase and sent me a photo of her baby posing it in (loved that). And another bought some brass India bells for her sister to hang on her new bookstore door. I just love knowing that these heirloom pieces are being appreciated instead of sitting in boxes in closets because I can't keep everything, you know.

Classic book collection - Vintage sheet music and old book pages - Vintage books

Anything else we didn't ask?
I can't seem to stop creating. I also make things from the cutter quilts I buy...I just sold a bunch of framed quilt pieces and I look forward to making more. My mind is spinning with ideas for Christmas projects already.

6 comments:

Kathi said...

Your shop is so lovely, thanks for sharing a little more about yourself.

First Light Photography said...

Thank you Anathalia ... this is wonderful beyond dreams!

Story Tellers Vintage said...

So nice to get to know you better Sue :) Love your shop and thanks for sharing with us!

HilltopTimes said...

Sue, what a sweet post- such a talented artist, you are, and I love the fact that many of your items are family pieces. And you have a wonderful photo shop on Etsy also! Love to read that some of your vintage items are "sitting around"- we can all probably relate to this! Thank you so much!

shaun mohr said...

Sue, we also love sending items to a "home" somewhere they are appreciated :) Love your shop!

gazaboo said...

Lovely to know you better Sue. Been a fan of your photo shop and now get to enjoy your beautiful vintage treasures as well. And who doesn't have stuff "sitting around"?

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