VKC: Tell us a bit about yourself and your shop.
Jennifer: I am a single mom to a beautiful red headed boy named Oliver. He is the love of my life and the inspiration for my shop. A lot of the boy items in my shop are clothes that he has worn that no longer fit. I keep some but have to force myself to pass some along because other little boys need cool vintage clothes too!
Photo of Oliver from Jennifer's Blog: www.oliverwilson.blogspot.com
VKC: Why are you drawn to vintage?
Jennifer: I was first introduced to antiques by my aunt and uncle who are antique dealers. I am mainly drawn to 'vintage' because of the quality and the charm. I rarely buy my son 'new' toys. New toys almost all require batteries and make loud horrific noise. Thank goodness vintage toys were made to last so my son has quality toys to play with! I also have a fondness for vintage kitchenware and holiday items. You should see my Christmas collection! Vintage cards are another weakness of mine.
VKC: Where do you find your treasures?
Jennifer: Estate sales are by far my favorite but sometimes a little expensive. Thrift stores and yard sales are great too but not nearly as fun.
Jennifer: The majority of my free time is spent with my son. He is a mover and a shaker and likes to be on the go. I also work part-time as a dental hygienist. I consider myself very fortunate to have a career that I not only love but allows me to work a flexible schedule so I still get plenty of time with my little guy.
VKC: What is your favorite item in your shop or that you have sold and why?
Jennifer: My favorite item so far that has sold is a darling sailor dress. I love the details in it, yet the simplicity of it. And I am a sucker for anything nautical! (link)
VKC: How do you juggle your business and your personal life/motherhood?
Jennifer: This is difficult! Being a single mom I have to work. I usually package up orders after Oliver has gone to bed and if it's a day that I'm working I go to the post office on my lunch break. Or, if it's a day that I'm off Oliver has grown quite fond of our local post office. He loves to ring the bell for help and he has discovered that there is an echo when he talks loudly. Oh what fun! I have boxes of stuff that need to be posted. If I ever find the time I plan to open up another etsy store to sell non-children vintage goodies.
VKC: What giveaway or discount would you like to offer our readers?
Jennifer: I would love to offer a $20 credit to use towards any purchase in my shop. Postage will need to be paid for by the winner. Enjoy!
Thanks so much, Jennifer!
If you'd like to enter to win a $20 credit to OliversForest, please leave a comment below.
There are a few other ways to enter - please leave a separate comment for each.
1. Favorite OliversForest on etsy!
2. Tell us which item is your favorite at OliversForest!
3. Tweet about this giveaway!
4. Blog about this giveaway! (Please include a link.)
This giveaway will be open until Friday, September 16, and a winner will be selected randomly.
Also, check out Jennifer's blog!