VKC: Tell us a bit about yourself and your shop.
Michele: I am a part-time teacher and full time mommy. When I'm not teaching nine-year olds, I spend time with my 2 1/2 year old daughter. My shop 1SweetDreamVintage opened just this last month as a hobby, but has grown into more! I seek out quality items that were made or printed in the USA or Europe. I have a love affair with Osh-Kosh overalls; if I could dress my daughter in them everyday I would!
VKC: Why are you drawn to vintage?
Michele: I appreciate the craftsmanship in vintage clothing and the nostalgia in vintage books that are often missed today. There's history in each piece. I like to think that buying vintage allows these items to be loved by a child once more.
VKC: Where do you find your treasures?
Michele: Everywhere! I love to frequent the local second hand stores in my area as well as estate and yard sales.
VKC: What is your process when creating/working?
Michele: Most of my time working on the store is spent while my daughter naps. If I try to list items other times, she wants to keep them all for herself!
VKC: How do you promote your business?
Michele: I don't Tweet or Facebook. Right now, I am working under the newbie mantra "If You Sell It, They Will Come."
VKC: What do you do when you are not creating/working?
Michele: First and foremost, I spend time with my daughter. We go to the beach, the Santa Barbara Zoo, local pick-your-own farms, and library regularly. My favorite thing to do is to bake and cook. I read a ton of food blogs and magazines. I also enjoy gardening and am teaching my self how to use my sewing machine.
VKC: What is your favorite item in your shop or that you have sold and why?
Michele: My favorite item in the shop is the Alice in Wonderland chapter book. It is my favorite because I have one inscribed to me for my first Christmas that sits on my daughter's bookshelf. I can remember the magic in having my mom read it to me for the first time, and can't wait to read it to my daughter someday.
VKC: How do you juggle your business and your personal life/motherhood?
Michele: Nap time, nap time, nap time.
VKC: What giveaway or discount would you like to offer our readers?
Michele: I would like to offer one book of your choice for free to a lucky reader!
Thanks so much, Michele!
If you'd like to enter to win a book from 1sweetdreamvintage, please leave a comment below.
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1. Favorite 1sweetdreamvintage on etsy!
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This giveaway will be open until August 26, 2011, so you have one week to enter!