Friday, April 29, 2011

Member Interview & Giveaway: Lishyloo

 

Alisha: I am currently a stay at home mom to two little boys: Truman is 4 and Harrison is 1 and we have a baby on the way. I started my shop when Truman was a baby and then business really picked up after my good friend Alix and my new good friend Dottie started modernkiddo.com. My shop is 90% vintage baby and children's clothes. I have thrifted since I was a kid and the children's clothes came into my life when my nephew was born. By the time I had my first baby I had quite the stockpile, a shop was necessary as there is no way my boys could wear all of these clothes!
VKC: Why are you drawn to vintage?
Alisha: I find the colors and fabrics used in vintage so charming. Things from the 60s and 70s especially have great colors. My all-time favorite vintage label is Health-tex, their clothes are just second to none for how adorable and durable they are!

VKC: Where do you find your treasures?
Alisha: I like to travel with the boys to suburban thrift stores as the prices are a bit better than the city and the selection tends to be amazing. The best though are the thrifts out on the Minnesota prairie! I often wonder if they will remember me hauling them all over to thrift stores!
VKC: What is your process when creating/working?
Alisha: My process, believe it or not, is slowing down! I still have over 300 items in my shop so this seems kind of silly but it's true. Since Harry started walking, forget about it, I take pictures while the kids run willy nilly through the house and try and upload when they are napping or in bed.
VKC: How do you promote your business?
Alisha: Modernkiddo has been really kind to me. When I get some extra shop funds I will include a button on blogs that I love that also do what I do. Mostly I just try and do the best I can to get detailed listings on etsy and send things out in a timely fashion so people come back. My shop really is a labor of love.
VKC: What do you do when you are not working?
Alisha: I love to embroider, it's the one crafty skill that I was able to stick with when my mom taught me. I like to embroider practical items like burp cloths and dishtowels. When my kids get into school I will probably go back to work in independent publishing or work in a library, my masters is in library science so I read a lot. I love gardening and puttering in my yard in the summer and of course most of my time is spent with my family on adventures.
VKC: What is your favorite item in your shop or that you have sold and why?
Alisha: I love anything with strawberries on it! Clothes, dishes, tablecloths, you name it.
VKC: How do you juggle your business and your personal life/motherhood?
Alisha: The only part I find really difficult is getting to the post office on time! I have yet to master the whole online postal thing which would make this a LOT easier, maybe that should be a goal. Otherwise, family always comes first and if I am really busy I use the vacation function on etsy. One thing I have learned is to list measurements on everything, vintage sizes can be so different and most of my boo boos have come from guessing wrong, measure.
VKC: What giveaway or discount would you like to offer our readers?
Alisha: Free boy or girl item from the shop (their choice) for 2 readers!

GIVEAWAY
TWO readers will win...
 ... A BOY or GIRL ITEM of choice

Enter to win by visiting Lishyloo and leaving a comment on this post letting us know your favorite item.
OTHER WAYS TO ENTER:
(Leave a separate comment for each one!)
  1. Become a follower of the VKC blog (along the right sidebar).
  2. Blog about this giveaway and comment with the link.
  3. Follow LishylooEtsy on Twitter.
  4. Follow VKC on Facebook.
  5. Subscribe to the VCK via RSS or email (along the right sidebar). 
  6. Visit another member shop and let us know your favorite item (one comment per shop visited).
Giveaway end Sunday, May 1st at midnight (EST).  Winners will be announced Monday, May 2nd.  
GOOD LUCK!

72 comments:

  1. Ooooo! Alisha is a thrifting badass! Right now I am totally feeling those red gingham measuring cups.

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  2. I can't pick a favorite thing, because I always BUY the pieces that are a must-have! So glad you're spotlighting this shop, it's one of my absolute favorites! Congrats, Alisha!

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  3. i like the "Raggedy Ann and Andy Dress Girls". It would be perfect for my little sister :)

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  4. im already a blog follower via GFC

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  5. followed lishylooetsy on twitter via @mynameisjel

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  6. FB fan of Vintage Kiddo Collective (Jung Rae Woo)

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  7. My fave from OopseeDaisies: Esprit Purse 80s

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  8. My fave from jherrmann: Vintage French Telephone Shaped Transistor Radio

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  9. My fave from fuzzymama: Vintage blue grasshopper shoes

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  10. My fave from edithscloset: vintage 1960s Emma Domb floral formal dress

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  11. Great interview!
    My fav is the red gingham measuring cups :)

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  12. I love the Classic Sailor Suit!

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  13. Oh my god - the Dainty Blue Rose Dress is ADORABLE
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  14. I followed your blog!
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  15. Great interview Alisha! Your boys are so cute!


    I love the choo choo train sweater in your shop. We have a little bit of a train obsession going on in this house. :-)

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  16. I visited oopsie daisies! and my favorite item there is the "Disney's Wonderful World of Reading 24 Book Set 70s". So cool!

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  17. I love the Seersucker Ruffle Romper 9-12 Months

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  18. Follow LishylooEtsy on Twitter.

    @liveit2

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  19. i like the Yellow Flowered Dress!

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  20. following VKC blog!

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  21. following lishylooetsy on twitter!

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  22. liked VKC on FB!

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  23. My favorite is the Wool Plaid Dress 3T

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  24. I'm following lishylooetsy on twitter @buttonlove

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  25. I love the scottie dog cardigan!

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  26. I like the Pink Gingham Dress or the Color Crayon Dress! Thanks for entering me into this giveaway.

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  27. I love this Baby Boy Romper, the embroidery is priceless!

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/54055876/embroidered-baby-boy-romper-6-months

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  28. GFC follower, thanks for the lovely giveaway.

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  29. Email subscriber, thank you.

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  30. I adore this dress!
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/69258786/green-velvet-dress-girls-56

    Thank you for the chance!

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  31. Following your blog! (ksyshenka)

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  32. Following LishylooEtsy on Twitter!(@oksana2372)

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  33. Following VKC on Facebook!

    (oksana vladimirovna)

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  34. I subscribed to the VCK via email!

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  35. I fall in love with Vintage Love is You and Me Umbrella Kids Earring Stand

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/72756223/vintage-love-is-you-and-me-umbrella-kids

    from BInspiredVintage's shop!

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  36. I adore Vintage Ceramic Mosaic Checker Board

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/69372131/vintage-ceramic-mosaic-checker-board

    From jherrmann

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  37. Adorable Vintage Horse and Carriage ENESCO Japanese Planter

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/43679577/vintage-horse-and-carriage-enesco

    from OopseeDaisies' shop!

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  38. Cutie: vintage CHERRY MERRY MUFFIN doll, 1980s reddish hair and pink dress

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/70046109/vintage-cherry-merry-muffin-doll-1980s

    from mybabyvintage's shop!

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  39. So vintage NEEDS LOVE Music Box Lacing Shoe!

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/69376240/needs-love-music-box-lacing-shoe

    from toysofthepast's shop!

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  40. So sweet Vintage 1979 Hugging Raccoons

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/63852445/vintage-1979-hugging-raccoons

    from OhSydney's shop!

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  41. Follow via gfc=Lyudmila
    I hope to win!
    Fan on fb=Lyudmila Sizova
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  42. The red Garanimals skirt. :)
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  43. The 70's Jean Jacket is my favourite... http://www.etsy.com/listing/59533506/70s-jean-jacket-with-patches-kids-8-10 ...heavensent1@yahoo dotcom

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  44. Follow ListyLoo on Twitter *DNatrlBeauty*

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  45. Email subscribe...heavensent1@yahoo dotcom

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  46. BInspired - Collection of Vintage Measuring Spoons and Scoop

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  47. Sweet Shop - Vintage Schuco Mechanical Monkey Toy

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  48. Oopsee Daisees - http://www.etsy.com/listing/72806457/mary-poppins-sheet-music-1965

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  49. 3ring Circus - vintage 1950s girls zig zag dress

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  50. Little Reader - Vintage Black and White Saddle Shoes (size 4)

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  51. My Baby Vintage - set of five vintage pvc SMURFS figures, 70s/80s

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  52. Vintage Nursery - The Tenth Life of Osiris Oaks C.1972

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  53. FuzzyMama - Vintage mod black leather boots size 9

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  54. Toys of the Past - Vintage Fisher Price Farm Set

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  55. Lishyloo - Vintage Patterns Girls 12-14

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  56. Oh Sydney - http://www.etsy.com/listing/63852445/vintage-1979-hugging-raccoons

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  57. Sachafoo - Mustard V-Neck School Girl Dress

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  58. Ediths Closet - vintage 1970's orange boho dress

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  59. Lillysmom - Retro Matching Game Nurse

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  60. Miss Shapes - Vintage 60s 70s Long Dashiki Tunic L

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  61. pretty little studio - Little People in the Spring Vintage Diecuts

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  62. Goo Goo Gallery Kids - Native American Sign Language Book and Vintage Cowboy Book 1968

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  63. Rachel Hayes - Vintage GI Joe Toddler Roller Skates

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  64. Miskabelly - Vintage Boy with Guitar Wooden Plaque ...heavensent1@yahoo dotcom

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  65. i love the blue bunny sweater jmmccarr@gmail.com

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  66. i follow lishyloo on twitter jmmccarr@gmail.com

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  67. I so remember the colors of the 70's! the flowered 70's dress is so bright and cheery.

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  68. http://www.etsy.com/listing/44067579/awesome-70s-dress-size-4-girls love this
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