August 12, 2013Funky Fun With Carrie From Velouria Vintage
Everyone give a big welcome to Carrie from Velouria Vintage! Carrie has a very fun and funky shop on Etsy and is our newest sponsor. If you are looking for some fun clothing pieces from the 1960’s, 1970’s or 1980’s, make sure you check out her shop because she has some great finds, including some great kitsch pieces like this amazing Las Vegas vintage sweater that I am going a little nuts over! Alas, it’s too small for me, but if it fits you and you love vintage Vegas then it is totally a find!
Carrie was nice enough to answer a bunch of my prying questions recently so that you guys can get to know her a little better, take a peek inside her fabulous home and see some of her collections!
How did you get started selling vintage? What was your inspiration?
I started selling vintage in the late 90’s when I rented out a space in an antique co op in Rochester, NY where I am from. Since I was a teen I knew that I wanted to open my own store. I was able to do that in February 2000 and named it Velouria Vintage. It was a tiny 250 sq. ft shop that couldn’t hold more than 5 people at a time but I loved it. I closed my doors in 2004 and took a break for a while until I discovered Etsy. Last year my boyfriend and I moved to Pittsburgh, PA and I started selling more frequently on Etsy and found an incredible antique co op called, Antique Mall Ohio River, to rent a space in.
What is the focus of your vintage shop?
My focus is pretty simple. I sell vintage that is in good condition at fair prices. I believe that vintage should be affordable. Just because something is vintage doesn’t always mean that it should cost a lot.
Do you have any vintage or retro collections? We would love to hear about them, in detail!
I have a ton of vintage collections. A few too many actually, lol. I am obsessed with vintage purses, especially clutches. I also collect 1970s photo shirts, platform shoes, big eye prints, owls and Halloween & horror collectables.
Have you always loved vintage?
Yes! My parents were antique dealers so they were the ones who really got me into the business. As a kid I would spend weekends going to garage sales with them. My first vintage purchase was a 70s John Travolta, “Welcome Back Kotter” plastic cup. I started wearing vintage clothing when I was 15 because I noticed that everyone in school would have on the same clothes from the same stores. I didn’t want to be a carbon copy of everyone else so I started hitting the salvation army and fell in love with vintage dresses.
What was your best vintage score ever? How did it happen?
My best vintage score by far is my authentic Studio 54 jean skirt! I actually found it at a Goodwill thrift store in Rochester. It was one of those items that I just knew to pull out from the rack to take a look at. I saw the 54 stitching on the back pockets and flipped out. I think I paid $3.99 for it. The 70s are my favorite decade for fashion so it was exciting to find it and own a piece of history.
What does your house look like right now? Be honest!
My house actually isn’t too bad at the moment. There’s usually multiple piles of items recently purchased, stacked up in some corner or on a chair. I like to consider it organized chaos. My boyfriend is understanding, thank goodness.
What is your favorite vintage possession? What is the story behind how you came to own it?
Besides my Studio 54 skirt, my favorite possession is my 1970 steel bird wall sculpture. I actually purchased it at a antique / record shop in Rochester. It’s an eye catcher and something that people always comment on when they first see it.
What would you rather have: An Eames lounger or an enormous pink vintage sectional?
I would definitely rather have an Eames lounger. I love mid century furniture and honestly, I am not a fan of the color pink.
If you could have anything to eat right now, what would it be?
I would love to have Sticky Lips BBQ right now. It’s a really cool barbeque restaurant in Rochester. They have amazing pulled pork sandwiches, deep fried pickles and cornbread. I really do miss that place!
Thanks for the great interview, Carrie, and for showing us your house and your awesome collections! We are really excited to have you here on No Pattern Required, even if you aren’t a fan of pink. Ha! Everyone make sure you head on over to check out Carrie’s shop, Velouria Vintage! As an incentive, all No Pattern Required readers get 15% off with the code MIDCENTURY15 .