Friday, June 10, 2011

Bombshells and Mad Men


It's so wonderful to come across a vintage vendor who's passion for vintagicity is reflected in the finds that are presented in their shop.  This featured seller goes it not alone, but with a silent companion.  Silent yes, but very much a large part of the grand scheme, to seek and acquire those wonderful antique and vintage finds so that they may be reintroduced to the world and who owns a unique shop of her own.  To reclaim and repurpose those pieces that have fallen by the wayside to time.  My featured sellers are a Mother and daughter team of both of whom have a love for all that is antique and vintage.  Some of you may know or have seen this vintage vendors shop on Etsy and even if so, I hope you enjoy the interview and get to know a little more about the wonderful ladies behind the scenes at....



"Wonderful Vintage Finds For Bombshells and Mad Men"

I introduce you to....



Sara

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Share with us a little about the people behind the scenes at Nevermore Vintage.

Nevermore Vintage consists of a mother and daughter team of treasure hunters. We love to spend our weekends searching for items that we think are fabulous and unusual, and want to share those magical gems with others.




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When did you realize you wanted to deal in vintage and antique items?

I think we realized that we loved doing this by default. We quit our horrible retail jobs before Christmas and needed extra money, along with trying to clean out our closets and drawers.



We started by selling my grandmother's jewelry, and when those pieces sold so well, we decided to go in search of more vintage items and loved the adventure associated with it. I also love researching each piece and trying to pass the history along to other vintage enthusiasts.




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Who or what has been your biggest
influence?

My biggest influence has been my mother. She just celebrated her 50th birthday, and when we're on a vintage/antique hunt, its like she turns into a teenager again. She has so much positive energy, drive and a huge smile. Its uplifting to see someone SO happy when the world sometimes seems full of pessimists. Not only has our relationship become stronger from our adventures, but we also turn our treasure hunting into a little competition of who can find what. She sure keeps me on my toes! Haha.

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Where do you find your inspiration?


I find inspiration in vintage and antique pieces that are falling apart but have obviously been loved. My favorite pieces come from the early 1900's to the 1940's. I try to keep my eyes open for those. Anything that’s colored glass, or has rhinestones or velvet, I just have to have. My mother likes vintage items that are more everyday or practical, especially dealing with home decor. I think that’s what makes our shop unique and entertaining.. There's something for everyone.


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Apart from Nevermore Vintage, what
other hobbies/crafts do you have?

My mother has a shop, So Dear Designs, where she sells her retro aprons, fabric flower brooches and upcycled pin cushions.



                        So Dear Designs




My Etsy shop, Rabbit Heart Designs, is where I sell my upcycled 1930's bisque dolls, jewelry made from found objects and my original paintings. Arts and crafts has always been a huge part of my family life.



                                                              Rabbit Heart Designs

 My grandmother was always tadding and my grandfather enjoyed latch-hook, which they both shared with me when I was young. If I'm not painting, taking photographs or eating desserts (which is an every day occurrence), I'm submersing myself into films.


 Hopefully, soon, I'll be creating corsets and vintage-inspired lingerie.

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If you were to meet any artist/celebrity/person who would it be? Why?

I would have loved to have met Marie Antoinette. She had the greatest wardrobe, garden and party-life. Her wig was miles high and she did what she could to break the boundaries of what was fashionable at the time. She supposedly said, "Let them eat cake!" and lets face it, if I could eat cake all day long, I would. Although she was partying France's money away, she loved to entertain and have fun. I would have loved to have spent a day with, and then left with my head still attached!


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Where would you like to see yourself/Nevermore Vintage in the next 5 years?

I think Nevermore Vintage will flourish and become even bigger and better. Even if I one day move out of state, I know that my mother and I will still be treasure hunting, adding to our collection and passing our gems on to others. I don't see us ever stopping. This Etsy shop has become such a huge part of my life that I'm sure, even when I'm dead, I'll be checking my Etsy page from beyond the grave.

 Its hard to quit old habits! Haha.
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What one item if any, from your personal collection of vintage do you hold most dear?

The two items that I will never sell and that I cherish are my grandmother's wedding band and engagement ring. The ring is in the shape of a flower, with the diamond in the center, and the flower’s leaves drape over the band. I have never seen anything like it and hopefully, one day, I'll resize it and will wear it when I get married. She was a wonderful woman and I'd love to carry her memory with me.


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We hope you enjoyed the read and want to thank you for stopping by.  Please stop by to visit and browse all 3 wonderful shops as there are so many wonderful items to see.





My special THANKS to
 Sara for taking the time
and allowing this interview

2 comments:

Kristin Long said...

Great interview. What a fascinating mother/daughter team! I've always loved this shop!

NeverTooOld said...

Hi Kristin,
Thanks for the visit and your kind comments as I know Sara will appreciate (me too :o). Wouldn't it be nice to hang with mom or pop and go antique hunting? I hope you and yours are well and hope to talk soon. :o)