Monday, May 23, 2011

Member Interview & Giveaway: fuzzymama


VKC: Tell us a bit about yourself, Beth, and your shop, fuzzymama.
Beth: I am a stay at home mom to two boys--Harrison -4 and Truman-2 (yes, the SAME names as fellow VKC member LishyLoo) They are the light of my life and I treasure every moment with them. I got started on etsy several years ago as a way to make extra cash and be home with Harrison. I was an interior designer b4 I had kids, working primarily for non profits trying to uplift their spaces with zero budgets. I think I have always had an appreciation for older things, reusing, and repurposing. My house is filled with antiques, hand me downs, and dumpster finds. Even though my shop is primarily kids items, I do enjoy finding vintage housewares and women's clothes and accessories as well.

 
VKC: Why are you drawn to vintage?
Beth: I love things with a history. I so enjoy learning about some of my finds--the designers, or periods they came from, etc. You also can not beat the quality of vintage items.

VKC: Where do you find your treasures?
Beth: I scour thrift stores mostly---but do the occasional estate sale and garage sale. Its hard toting around my boys---I do get Saturday mostly to myself to thrift like mad. My supportive husband usually takes the boys hiking or biking.


VKC: What is your process when working?
Beth: I usually try to photograph many items in one afternoon while Tru naps. Most of the editing and listing happens at night, after the boys are in bed or very early in the am when just Tru and I are up. (I've got one early riser and one sleeper!)

VKC: How do you promote your business?
Beth: I started sponsoring a few blogs I enjoy---and this has really helped get my name out and increased traffic the the shop. I have also stepped up my tweeting and just started a Facebook page for the shop. I am LOVING finding an online community of like-minded folks. One of the hardest things about being a mom is the isolation--especially midwest winters. Its nice to get a tweet or a message thru Facebook on those days when you are stuck at home! The VKC group rocks!!


VKC: What do you do when you are not working?
Beth: I try to spend time with my boys---creating and running around. I love time with my girlfriends, too. We try to meet up once a month for a ladies night out. Oh--and spending time with my husband!! : )
 
VKC: What is your favorite item in your shop or that you have sold and why?
Beth: I sold a Marimekko dress that was to die for---it was too small for me-bummer. Currently I love my Heller dishes---might have to pull them for summer use!!
 


VKC: How do you juggle your business and motherhood?
Beth: Its hard---some days I find that I spend way to much time on the computer. I try to plan things for the boys that are out of the house so there is no temptation. I also have days where I just put my mac away. Out of sight, out of mind!!


GIVEAWAY
Beth is so kind to offer a...
...$25 Gift Certificate for fuzzymama!

Enter to win by visiting fuzzymama 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 Fuzzymama Vintage on Facebook.
  4. Follow VKC on Facebook.
  5. Subscribe to the VKC 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 Thursday, May 26th at midnight (EST).  Winner will be announced Friday, May 27th.  
GOOD LUCK!

94 comments:

  1. Oh wonderful shop! I love love the vintage linens, I have a hard time deciding which ones!!

    -Kami -
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  2. Great shop. I'm loving the Vintage Perfection Game by Lakeside. Thanks!

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  3. I love the Fun Vintage Kenner Spirotot Spirograph Design Toy at b.inspired.

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  4. My favorite is the twin flat sheet with mod striped animals
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  5. I love the patriotic dress! So stinkin cute!
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  6. I'm a new GFC follower!
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  7. I love the Vintage Gooseneck Desk Lamp at sweet shop vintage.

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  8. I now also subscribe through Google Reader!
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  9. At Binspired I like the vintage nautical dress!
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  10. I love the Vintage Lot of Snoopy Ball Pens at oopsie daisies.

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  11. At Sweet Shop Vintage I like the patchwork crib quilt
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  12. At Found VIntage Treasures I like the stories that never grow old book
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  13. At Three Ring Circus I like the white baby boy nautical suit!
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  14. I love the vintage children's 3 piece hawaiian outfit at 3 ring circus.

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  15. At the vintage nursery I like the baby deck shoes!
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  16. At Ediths closet I like the red balloons dress!
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  17. At Clementines handmade I like the sweet cream headband!
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  18. At Kid Wonder I like the striped overalls!
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  20. I love the Vintage Colorful Sailboat Shirt at little reader vintage

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  21. I love the vintage 80s coleco CABBAGE PATCH kids blonde girl at my baby vintage

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  22. I love the Houndstooth Plaid Detective Jacket at the vintage nursery

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  23. I love the Gone Fishin' Romper at kyssa

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  24. I love the Vintage Fisher Price Camera With All 5 Discs at toys of the past

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  25. I love the Pac-Man Yo-Yo By Duncan at wonderland toys

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  26. I love the girls red bandana blouse at kidwonder

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  27. I adore the vintage knee high boots with 3 inch heels by Cobbies.

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  28. My favorite item is the Vintage TGL Stockholm tie front shirt.

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  29. yay giveaway :)
    my fave is the vintage Guess black acid wash denim mini skirt

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  30. im already a GFC follower of your blog =)
    GFC : Jel

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  31. FB Fan of Fuzzymama Vintage on FB
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  32. FB Fan of VKC on FB
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  33. Shop Name: BInspiredVintage
    Fave Item: Vintage Colorful Playskool Wooden Cobbler's Bench Peg Toy

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  34. Shop Name: jherrmann
    Fave Item: Vintage Children's Lamp

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  35. Shop Name: lishyloo
    Fave Item: Quilted Apple Purse for Toddler

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  36. Shop Name: edithscloset
    Fave Item: Plum Mini Dress

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  37. Shop Name: MissShapes
    Fave Item: Vintage Sarah Coventry Medallion Necklace

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  38. I like the Etc. glass canister, what a refreshing find!

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  39. I follow with gfc, thanks for the lovely giveaway.

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  40. Email subscribed, thank you.

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  41. Check out this gorgeous piece at The Young Team's Etsy shop! This jacket is stylishly darling!

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/73261364/vintage-corduroy-toddler-jacket

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  42. My favorite item is Vintage navy blue coat

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  44. email subscriber

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  45. i like Gorgeous vintage midcentury floral fabric
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  46. gfc follower
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  50. I love the Vintage crabby shortalls
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  51. GFC blog follower- mframe00
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  52. I Follow Fuzzymama Vintage on Facebook. - Michelle Frame
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  53. I Follow VKC on Facebook.- Michelle Frame
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  54. I like their milk glass mixing bowl.
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  55. I noe follow you via GFC.
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  56. i like the sunburst quilt squares
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  57. i love the samsonite weekender trunk

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  58. I love it all!!!! But especially the Sesame Street shirt and Sesame Street music box. Love the little girls' dresses too, though.

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  59. Follower :)

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  60. Subscriber :)

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  61. I like the vintage smurf puzzle - reminds me of my childhood!
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  62. Nice to meet you Fuzzymama!!! I liked you on Facebook!!

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  63. I like the Fraction Fruit

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  64. like fuzzymama on FB

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  65. like VKC via FB

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  66. I like the vintage springy peach dress.

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  67. my fav is the Vintage california cork heeled sandals. so many adorable finds though.

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  68. Love the set of two thermobowls. Love lots of the vintage clothing too!
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  69. Just subscribed to this blog via email.
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  70. I love the 'Lefties Are Better Lovers' glasses. Ha! ;)

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  71. I follow you via GFC

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  72. I "like" Fuzzymama Vintage on Facebook (Cindy A.)

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  73. I "like" VKC on Facebook (Cindy A.)

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  74. I subscribe to the VKC email list

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  75. I'd choose the vintage mini tiki dress/tunic 2T/3T for my goddaughter, Gracie.
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  76. I follow you via GFC

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  77. i love the vintage 1960s paisley dress from 3ringcircus

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  78. this is amazing!

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/44802448/vintage-japanese-mouse-bank

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  79. all the different vintage linens

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  80. Ooh I love the Vintage TGL Stockholm tie front shirt size 8/10! Very cute!

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  81. I like Fuzzymama on Facebook: Cori Eckstrom Westphal (facebook.com/coriwestphal)

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  82. I like you on Facebook: Cori Eckstrom Westphal (facebook.com/coriwestphal)

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  83. I'm an RSS subscriber via Google Reader.

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  84. I really like the 3 vintage striped pillowcases, but the Plaid puppy has stolen my heart

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  85. I like the vintage pink frilly smocked dress 18 months
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  86. Follow blog via gfc=Lyudmila
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  87. Follow Fuzzymama Vintage on Facebook = Lyudmila Sizova
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  88. Like Vintage Kiddo Collective on fb = Lyumdila Sizova
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  89. I like the Vintage Blue Shortalls with Red Piping and Buttons 2T on http://www.etsy.com/shop/okhappyhome
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  90. I loved perfection when I was a kid! I would love to own it again! : )

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  91. I like the patriotic dress

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