Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Member Interview & Giveaway: MissShapes

(Psssst...  make sure to scroll to the bottom to enter the GIVEAWAY!  And there's still time to enter OhSydney's giveaway, too.)
VKC: Tell us a bit about yourself and your shops, Liz
Liz: I'm a 31 year old, stay at home mama to a little boy named Cohen.  I've been into thrifting vintage since high school and I got into it mostly because there weren't a lot of places to shop in the small town I grew up in. I also had limited funds --so thrifting was a great way to get unique stuff for cheap. I got into selling vintage online in my early college days (Ebay) and although I didn't intend to do it forever, it has just kind of worked out that way. I really love selling on Etsy but sometimes I enjoy shopping more then listing so I always have a huge back load of stuff which is stored in every nook and cranny my house has to offer. It got a little worse when this vintage clothing shop I was consigning for closed down...BIG bags of stuff were coming back in my direction that I intended never to see again. That's when I knew I'd better try and kick it into high gear with my Etsy shop so I wouldn't end up on an episode of Hoarders someday. :-)
As for how I got into selling children's clothes: I've always had an interest in children's vintage and that interest has kind of turned lately into obsession lately. I really enjoy finding things for the little ones to wear, read, and play with. My shop will probably eventually become mostly children's vintage--but I'm also working right now on trying to sell that backlog of adult vintage that has just been sitting around my house!
VKC: Why are you drawn to vintage?  
Liz: I think I can say it's because I've always been interested in history and I love all the time periods that vintage represents. At first, I was nostalgic for time periods I didn't exist in. I vividly remember reading Little House on the Prairie wishing so badly I could live in a log cabin and smoke sausage with my Papa (haha). As I got older, I thought that it would have been the BEST if I could have grown up in the 60s (love the music, love the fashion, love the history). Then as the period I grew up in became vintage (the 80s), it became about reliving my childhood. There isn't any time period that I don't love for one reason or another and I'm pretty much into all the best fashions of every era.
VKC: Where do you find your treasures? 
Liz: Mostly thrift stores lately but also garage sales and estate sales. 
VKC: How do you promote your business?  
Liz: Last year I did a street bazaar in my town and that was really my first time promoting myself. I even handed out business cards which made me feel pretty grown up! :-) My biggest promotion that I've offered is a one time 25% return customer discount. So far that has only led to a couple extra sales but I really hope more people take me up on it in the future! 
VKC: What do you do when you are not working?  
Liz: Taking care of my son, thrifting, watching movies, sewing, crocheting, knitting, and as much as possible being with my family and friends. 
VKC: What is your favorite item in your shop or that you have sold and why? 
Liz: It's really hard to pick a favorite for me (especially when we are talking about SOLD items, so many good things have gone)....but I'm going to go with my favorite thing in my store right now that is child related are these overalls.  I'm a sucker for corduroy overalls and if this is still around by the time the next one comes---BAM!!!! It will be missing from the shop for little while.
VKC: How do you juggle your business and your family life?  
Liz: I only work during nap time or if my husband is able to watch our son for a little bit. I wish some days that I could devote more time to the shop but my son comes first. It isn't always easy, I find that if I devote nap times to work then our dinner is usually kind of lame and the house gets pretty dirty. However, I can live with some dirt and lame dinners if it means getting to do something I love a little bit of the time. 
VKC: What giveaway or discount would you like to offer our readers?  
Liz: I would love to offer the readers a giveaway for a $30 credit in my shops!

GIVEAWAY
 Enter to win...
a $30 Gift Certificate at Misshapes & Oldgrowth Vintage
by visiting either shop 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 Missshapes on Facebook.
  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 ends Saturday, April 23rd at midnight (EST).  Winner announced Sunday, April 24th. is EXTENDED!  Ends on Wednesday, April 27th at midnight (EST).  Winner announced Thursday, April 29th.  GOOD LUCK!!!

113 comments:

  1. your son is adorable! so nice to "meet" you, i love your shop!

    lishyloo

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  2. Oh Lishyloo, that means a lot to me because I adore your shop!! Nice to meet you too! :-)

    I want to say a BIG thank you to the VKC for the interview (I'm looking at you Krissy!)

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  3. following via GFC!

    josephine.a.king@gmail.com

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  4. following misshapes vintage clothing on FB!

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  5. following VCK on FB!

    josephine.a.king@gmail.com

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  6. Following misshapers vintage clothing on FB!

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  7. Tweeted about the sale! And I want that tennis shirt!!

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  8. srsly...your son is so cute! thanks for having a giveaway!
    (can i please win? i follow vkc in my reader!) :)

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  9. ps: i didn't know you had two shops!! i am crossing my fingers that, if i win, whoever reserved those awesome brown booties with un-reserve them! i love them so much! that's what i would pick. :)
    and i'm going to tweet about this now!

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  10. Ooh! Adore this shop! I like reading about all of the thrifting ladies whose shops I already LOVE. Great idea to do these interviews, Krissy!

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  11. Okay, following missshapes on facebook!

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  12. I like Felina the Monchichi thumb sucking kitten from Old Growth, adorable!

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  13. I subscribe via email, thanks for the lovely giveaway.

    yumihamano@gmail.com

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  14. VKC follower via gfc, thank you.

    yumihamano@gmail.com

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  15. I heart The Vintage Nursery on Etsy (jcloh), so many pretty little outfits in the shop! My favorite is the Marshmallow Cloud Hooded Vintage Cardigan, extra sweet!

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/67369206/marshmallow-cloud-hooded-vintage

    yumihamano@gmail.com

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  16. Great interview! I love those "Cathay" cups and saucers from Liz' Oldgrowth Vintage shop.

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  17. So many cute things in both shops! I love the Cathay coffee cups and saucers {I think my kitchen needs them!} and the toddler orange and white crochet poncho - so sweet!

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  18. Liz, such a fabulous interview!!
    I am in love with quite a few items in your shop :)

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  19. i like the Cathay Taylor Smith Taylor Coffee Cups and Saucers and the Vintage Italian Leather Tan Ankle Strappy 70s Sandals. If I win, ill purchase them :)

    punkme15 at gmail dot com

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  20. im a blog follower :)

    punkme15 at gmail dot com

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  21. i blogged here: http://mynameisjel.tumblr.com/post/4947427807/30-gift-certificate-at-misshapes-oldgrowth

    punkme15 at gmail dot com

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  22. im now a fan of Missshapes Vintage Clothing on FB (Jung Rae Woo)

    punkme15 at gmail dot com

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  23. already a fan of Vintage Kiddo Collective on FB (Jung Rae Woo)

    punkme15 at gmail dot com

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  24. i like the vintage 1960s Emma Domb floral formal dress on edithscloset's etsy shop

    punkme15 at gmail dot com

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  25. At Oldgrowth my fav is the Vintage Sleepy White Cat with Painted Pink Flowers Figurine.
    fastkat at gmail dot com

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  26. At Little Reader vintage I like the Vintage Yellow Ice Cream Overalls.
    fastkat at gmail dot com

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  27. At B.Inspired I like the Fun Vintage Rainbow Raffia Clutch Purse.
    fastkat at gmail dot com

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  28. At Sweet Shop Vintage I like the Vintage Floral Canvas Suitcase.
    fastkat at gmail dot com

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  29. At oopsee daisies I like the The Runaway Giant by Adalaide Holl.
    fastkat at gmail dot com

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  30. At 3 Ring Circus I like the vintage baby construction worker outfit.
    fastkat at gmail dot com

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  31. At My Baby Vintage I like the vintage JEM and the holograms AJA doll.
    fastkat at gmail dot com

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  32. My favorite item is the Vintage 70s Childs Nursery Rhyme Mother Goose Flannel Blanket ( :

    A_C_E_ at hotmail dot com

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  33. Amazing giveaway! so many pretty items choosing is hard!! im addicted to vintage :) my daughter would look so cute in the red smock dress!! fingers crossed :)

    Zoe

    http://blessedbeeapothecary.blogspot.com/
    blessed-bee@hotmail.co.uk

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  34. I like the Vintage Choo Choo Train Navy Blue Overalls 6-9 months.

    mrs.marcus2 at yahoo dot com

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  35. i like the Pretty Linen Floral Maiden Applique Kitchen Hostess Apron from Old Growth

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  36. i like the http://www.etsy.com/listing/72021860/vintage-80s-frilly-pink-ric-rac-overalls from Misshapes

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  37. I love Vintage Shiny Black 70s Granny Chunky Heels 8.5 9 N

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  38. I'm a follower!
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  39. I follow on facebook..

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  40. I also follow missshapes on fb

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  41. grom lishyloo shop i love http://www.etsy.com/listing/72579227/duck-sweatshirt-kids-10-12

    this item <3

    kasia433@onet.eu

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  42. found you thru twitter, love your little shop! nice to meet you! now following you here and on etsy!

    loving little vintage readers - Vintage Red Prairie Dress

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  43. I love the crocodile bracelet and pin!

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  44. I like the Pretty Linen Floral apron on the one site and the Long Dashiki Tunic off the other site...heavensent1@yahoo dotcom

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  45. Like Misshapes on FB *Jennifer C.*

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  46. Email subscribe...heavensent1@yahoo dotcom

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  47. BInspired - http://www.etsy.com/listing/68173469/collection-of-vintage-measuring-spoons

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  48. Sweet Shop = http://www.etsy.com/listing/65819587/collection-of-three-vintage-soda-pop

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  49. OopsieDaisies = http://www.etsy.com/listing/72806457/mary-poppins-sheet-music-1965

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  50. 3 Ring Circus = http://www.etsy.com/listing/66850455/vintage-1950s-girls-zig-zag-dress

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  51. Little Reader Vintage = http://www.etsy.com/listing/71464132/vintage-black-and-white-saddle-shoes

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  52. My Baby Vintage - http://www.etsy.com/listing/72107173/vintage-70s-star-wars-luke-skywalker-and

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  53. The Vintage Nursery - http://www.etsy.com/listing/65756562/the-tenth-life-of-osiris-oaks-c1972

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  54. FuzzyMama - http://www.etsy.com/listing/72141591/vintage-gold-sparkle-roller-skates

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  55. Kyssa - http://www.etsy.com/listing/59008026/vintage-peruvian-dress

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  56. Toys of the past - http://www.etsy.com/listing/68739329/vintage-fisher-price-houseboat-2

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  57. Lishyloo - http://www.etsy.com/listing/60973966/vintage-patterns-girls-12-14

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  58. Oh Sydney - http://www.etsy.com/listing/69361172/vintage-corning-ware-baking-dish-1975

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  59. Sachafoo - http://www.etsy.com/listing/65416200/red-prairie-dress-with-white-apron-front

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  60. Edith's Closet - http://www.etsy.com/listing/64783020/vintage-1970s-orange-boho-dress

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  61. Lilly's Mom - http://www.etsy.com/listing/72624589/retro-zoo-blanket

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  62. Pretty Little Studio - http://www.etsy.com/listing/70403321/little-people-in-the-spring-vintage

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  63. OK Happy Home - http://www.etsy.com/listing/72105484/vintage-childrens-sweatshirt-0-6-months

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  64. Little Love Company - http://www.etsy.com/listing/67896587/childrens-vintage-kaftan

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  65. Goo Goo Gallery - http://www.etsy.com/listing/71725103/native-american-sign-language-book-and

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  66. Mooies - http://www.etsy.com/listing/68534828/vintage-velvet-green-baby-dress

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  67. Rachel Hayes - http://www.etsy.com/listing/72750612/vintage-gi-joe-toddler-roller-skates

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  68. Lola Boot - http://www.etsy.com/listing/72455859/ball-gowndress-12m

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  69. I follow on gFC
    hrddiana556@gmail.com

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  70. I love the Vintage Choo Choo Train Navy Blue Overalls 6-9 months from Misshapes.

    urchiken at gmail dot com

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  71. I love the Irene Patten Vintage Nursery Framed Art ON DREAMLANDS BORDER at Oldgrowth Vintage!
    amoeidson@yahoo.com

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  72. I am a GFC follower!
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  73. I follow Misshapes on FAcebook
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  74. I follow VKC on Facebook
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  75. I subscribe via email
    amoeidson@yahoo.com

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  76. I subscribe via RSS
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  77. I visited b Inspired and my fave item is the Vintage Happy Star Care Bear Bank!
    amoeidson@yahoo.com

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  78. I visited the Sweet Shop and my fave item is the Vintage 1960s Mary Poppins Needlepoint and Frame Set!!
    amoeidson@yahoo.com

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  79. I visited book sale and my fave item is the Sesame Street Dominoes 1980!!
    amoeidson@yahoo.com

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  80. I visited 3 ring circus and I love the vintage toddler striped turtle neck!!
    amoeidson@yahoo.com

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  81. I visited little reader vintage and I love the Vintage Red Crest Cardigan (18 months)!
    amoeidson@yahoo.com

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  82. I visited my baby vintage dolls and more and I love love love the vintage High Heel Fashion DOLL, bride in original dress and shoes 19 INCH!!
    amoeidson@yahoo.com

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  83. I visited the vintage nursery and I love the Houndstooth Plaid Detective Jacket!! Would look so cute on my son!
    amoeidson@yahoo.com

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  84. I visited fuzzy mama and I love the Vintage Snoopy goodies jar!!!!!
    amoeidson@yahoo.com

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  85. http://www.etsy.com/listing/73007040/bubble-gum-pink-heart-applique-baby like this from misshapes
    thanks
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  86. follow VKC blog as jelaws5
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  87. like VKC on fb Julie S Laws
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  88. I visited Toys of the Past and I loved the Vintage Fisher Price School Days Desk!!
    amoeidson@yahoo.com

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  89. I visited Lishyloo and I love the Red Gingham Measuring Cups and the Raggedy Ann and Andy wall art!
    amoeidson@yahoo.com

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  90. I visited Oh!Sydney and I love the Vintage 1977 Cinderella Plush Story Doll!!
    amoeidson@yahoo.com

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  91. I visited junebugs and beila-bots and I love the Vintage Handmade Butter Yellow Knit Sweater!!
    amoeidson@yahoo.com

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  92. I visited Edith's Closet and I love the vintage Hummel children plaques!
    amoeidson@yahoo.com

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  93. I visited L&R and I love the Retro Zoo Minky Blanket!!
    amoeidson@yahoo.com

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  94. Okay, I LOVE the cathay coffee cups. When I go to thrift stores I always look for those :) CUTEST store ever btw. Seems fun!!

    aleytac at hotmail dot com

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  95. I subscribed via email

    aleytac at hotmail dot com

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  96. I am a follower!!

    aleytac at hotmail dot com

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  97. I visited Pretty Little STudio and I love the Little Boys Vintage Circle Tags - Set of 12!!
    amoeidson@yahoo.com

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  98. I visited OK Happy Home and I love the Vintage Boys Button-up Shirt 0-3 months!!
    amoeidson@yahoo.com

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  99. I visited Little Love and I love the Girls Vintage Summer Dress!!!
    amoeidson@yahoo.com

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  100. I visited GooGoo Gallery and I love the Peanuts Christmas book 1964!!!
    amoeidson@yahoo.com

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  101. I like the vintage rusty red trenchcoat best

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  102. I visited Mooies and I Love the Vintage Toddler Button Up Sweater!!
    amoeidson@yahoo.com

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  103. I visited rachel c hayes and I love the Vintage Handmade, Hand Quilted Child Quilt!
    amoeidson@yahoo.com

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  104. I visited Lola Boot and I love the Ball gown/dress 12m!!!
    amoeidson@yahoo.com

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  105. I love the Vintage Enamel Tray! Thanks for the giveaway!
    dana10879@yhaoo.com

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  106. I follow you via GFC
    Dana West
    dana10879@yahoo.com

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  107. I like Misshapes on Fb'Dana West
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  108. I like you on FB
    Dana West
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  109. I subscribe via email
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