Friday, August 19, 2011

Giveaway time!

Well, yesterday I promised you a special post, and since I {always} keep my promises, here it is! That shirt I was wearing yesterday? you know that really cool one with the tiki ladies printed all over it? Well, it was just one of the cool finds you'll get from etsy shop Vintage Urban Renewal!

Today, I've collaborated with them to offer one lucky reader  a $25 gift certificate!

 I wanted to do something a little different and asked shop owner Michelle a few questions in order to know more about the person behind the shop! Here's what she had to share:

1. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

My name is Michelle, I grew up in Boston and married someone from Hawaii named Jon. We met halfway in between in a small rural valley in Southern Oregon called Grants Pass, where we live with our two daughter's Olivia and Maddie, a cat named Bagheera and four chickens. 

2. What got you into vintage selling?

To keep ourselves busy in our sleepy little town, we own a snow and skate shop and a small new and used clothing boutique as well as a Japanese restaurant.  Buying used clothing for our store, I realized that our town is a great place to buy vintage clothing but does not have much in the way of buyers, due to the abundance of retired people. That is why I decided to open an etsy shop about 18 months ago by the name of Vintage Urban Renewal.

Vintage Urban Renewal
3.What is the thing you like most about your job as a vintage seller?

Growing up in the 70s and 80s has given me a great nostalgic love for bohemian and retro style clothing which seems to find it's way into my life in large quantities. I love wearing and styling this era of clothing and have passed this on to my daughter's who also have come to appreciate the quality and beauty of vintage pieces. Some of our best family memories are packing up our vintage mercedes that runs on veggie oil from our restaurant and going on a road trip to all the small towns in Oregon and Northern California looking for those hidden thrift stores, where that incredible one of a kind piece is just waiting to be discovered. 

4. Tell us about one item that made you think twice about not keeping it for yourself! (what was it? why you liked it?)

One of the hardest parts about buying and selling vintage is: YOU CAN'T KEEP EVERYTHING THAT YOU BUY. Luckily it does not all fit me especially shoes. Which brings me to another interesting observation: THE CUTEST ITEMS ARE USUALLY THE SMALLEST. Even in my most determined moments when I found a pair of tall, fringed leather boots with turquoise stones embellished on them from the 70s made in Spain, I could not squeeze my size 9 feet into their size 6.5 bohemian loveliness. This is where my daughter's come in, because most everything fits them and they have now become a part of the business, buying items, listing items, and modeling items.

Another huge challenge for me is inventory management and my newest endeavor to get control of this beast is a 24' vintage 1964 trailer that i am converting into a studio for taking pics and storing items as well as using as an office. I can't tell you how excited I am to transform this and make it my own space.

5. Any tips you've learned along the way to pass on to new vintage sellers?

The biggest tip I can give to newbie vintage sellers would be: JUST BECAUSE IT'S VINTAGE DOESN'T MEAN YOU SHOULD SELL ITWhat I mean by that is, over time I have come to define better and better what I want to sell as opposed to just selling anything. Figure out what you want your shop to look like, will you use a mannequin or live models, will you specialize in a certain era or type of clothing, will you sell higher or lower priced items, are your customers young working women or older collectors. can you find a certain abundance of these items easily, etc.  Whatever you sell should interest and excite you. Do not sell fancy gowns from the 50s if that is not your forte, no matter how much someone else is making on etsy selling that item.

 Above all---Be true to who you are.---and everything else will fall into place.


What an amazing lady! I mean, a vintage Mercedes that runs on veggie oil? What about her cute daughter that models for the shop!! I'm so glad I got to know this wonderful woman through this collaboration! 

 And now to enter the giveaway:

1. Visit Vintage Urban Renewal and tell me which item from the shop is your fave! 

2. Don't forget to leave me your email so I can contact you if you win. 

**For extra entries, tweet or mention this giveaway in your blog post! {Don't forget to come back and let me know that you did so.}

Giveaway ends on Friday August 26th at noon! Good luck to everyone that enters! This is an international giveaway.


  1. i have to have the vintage 70s floral teacher shirtdress

    camm1212 @ gmail


  2. in love with those moccassins! i never find ones that are small so i may have to buy those if i don't win!

  3. tweeted it and mentioned you in the tweet!

  4. I love the orange boho halter maxi sun dress! so cute!


  5. I loved that shirt you were wearing yesterday!
    The shop is so cute! I love the midnight messenger babydoll dress :)

    I'll definitely include a link to the giveaway in my blog post this weekend!

  6. i love the chambray mini skirt!

  7. I loved the Vintage 60s Hard Case Bag // Round Box. Simply cute.


  8. What a great giveaway!

    I love the Vintage 70s Folk Lace Tunic // Heart Pockets


  9. I like the Vtg 80s Navy MISS DOT COM Polkadot Dress


  10. I'm gonna have to say the vintage 80s nautical striped sweater. Or the vintage 80s black leather satchel. I couldn't decide.

  11. Either the white moccasins or the Scoop It Nautical Romper Shorts!

    spinnersendvintage at gmail dot com

  12. Hmmm...tough choice when there are so many lovely items but I'd probably go with the vintage 80s spring WALLPAPER STRIPES Full Skirt.

    theheadlessmannequinblog [at]

  13. I love the vintage calico lace american beauty babydoll dress. I love it so much.

    Lauren @ See Parrot

    laurenalexandrahunter at gmail

  14. I love the 70s leather vintage oxfords - perfect for fall!

  15. I like the Vtg 70s Sheer Floral Pleated Blouse!

  16. I love the Granny Apple Mini dress! Its unlike anything I've ever worn and is so fun.

  17. i love the Vintage 80s Southwest Hoodie Jacket // Reversible Aztec. its so cool looking!

  18. so many gorgeous things! vintage 80s floral cut to the chase midi dress is
    definitely one of the favs!

  19. oh goodness i love the 80s calico lace american beauty dress. i could walk around in that all the day long. love your blog, darling

  20. Hi Melanie, I love the 70s Floral Wrap Skirt it's super pretty! Great interview and competition.

  21. Hi Melanie I love the 70s Floral Wrap Skirt, it's super pretty! Great interview and competition.

  22. I just tweeted about the comp! fingers crossed.

  23. Holy crap was it hard to pick just one thing! I love the reversible Aztec jacket though. Versatility is key!

  24. This is such an awesome giveaway that I mentioned it in my blog post today!

  25. Omg! The tops are all so cute. For my favorite, I would have to go with the "Vintage 70s Boho Embroidered Blouse" or the "Vintage 80s ASSYMETRICAL Crop Tank". I love them both!

  26. I love the 80s Ralph Lauren pastel button down. I have been looking for a shirt like that for a while and that particular top is perfect!

    zombienoises at gmail dot com

  27. I want the Time for School chambray skirt!
    wishupon this {at} gmail {dot} com

  28. I heart this dress!
    I tweeted and posted on my blog.

  29. The Vtg 50s Swiss Dot Dress is so precious.

    garminio (at) gmail (dotcom)

  30. Hello! I love the Vintage 1990s Floral Autumn Dress, it would be perfect for the fall season!


  31. oh those oregonians ;)

    i love the Vintage 70s Boho Halter Maxi Sun Dress, so beautiful.

  32. I am in love with the Vintage 70s Vinyl TRAVELWORLD Carry On Bag and the Vintage Oversized Sweater Coat. It's hard to figure out which I love more.


  33. Oh my gosh, so hard to choose but i think my favorite is the Vintage 70s Folk Lace Tunic!

  34. I tweeted about the giveaway @theonly_rachel


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  36. Oh my goodness, my favorite is definitely the Canvas floral duffel bag. It's gorgeous.

    I also tweeted this @thevintagescaf

    sorry - forgot the email in the comment I removed

  37. Hi!

    --- I really love this Vintage 80's Red/White Modern Twist Herringbone Knit Cardigan.


    Thank you for the chance! =]

    --- Nicole

  38. I'm loving the vintage 70s Boho Embroidered Blouse!

    kerstinjbradley {at} gmail {dot} com

  39. love that one


  40. I love love love that canvas messenger bag- perfection!
    thanks for the chance

  41. i love the Vtg 70s Guatemalen SAPPHIRE JEWEL Woven Dress. so much that i'm not sure i can wait for the giveaway.

  42. I really love the vintage 80's white brogues! They're just my size!

  43. Oh goodness, the Vintage 60's Hardcase Bag is just too gorgeous. Definitely my favorite! :)

    I think it's interesting that those types of cases are actually vintage hair-dryer containers, and yet they look like darling suitcases! :)

    Maria Elyse
    First Impressions
    Flying Ships Vintage


  44. My favorite item is the Tooled TURKISH DELIGHT Leather Handbag, it's gorgeous!

  45. tweeted!!/gracewong1/status/106055650643161089

  46. So awesome her car runs on used veggie oil! So many adorable things but my fav would have to be the Vintage 70s Sheer Ethnic Floral Dress // MODERN MOROCCAN.
    thanks for doing this giveaway!