Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Member Interview & Giveaway: LillysLuckyPenny



VKC: Tell us a bit about yourself and your shop.

LillysLuckyPenny: We are two sisters who have fairly recently become moms together. Our little girls, Lilly and Penny, were the inspiration for our shop so it was a no-brainer that our Etsy shop would carry their names. Our store is a mixed bag of fun stuff we find on our thrifting and garage sale trips. We are drawn to Fisher Price and other toys we played with when we were kids. We were really excited when we found a collection of Care Bear and Cabbage Patch books because, for a minute, it brought us right back to our childhood. We hope our shop items can do that for others as well.
VKC: Why are you drawn to vintage?

LillysLuckyPenny: For as long as I've been thrift store shopping I have been hunting for great vintage deals. I know where every vintage clothes section is in my local thrift stores. I just love finding an old, worn soft and faded button down shirt from the 60's or 70's.


VKC: Where do you find your treasures?

LillysLuckyPenny: Most of our items are scored at thrift stores. Garage sale season is winding down here in Minneapolis, so we won't be able to scour those as much now. And garage sales are always a gamble, and there's so much more driving involved. Thrift stores are great because they're like one great big garage sale.

VKC: What is your favorite item in your shop or that you have sold and why?

LillysLuckyPenny: My favorite item is the Fisher Price Activity Center because it reminds me of my younger siblings. My girl, Penny, is playing with it now until it sells! My sister has two favorite items - our Cabbage Patch figurine and the Poky The Little Puppy book. The Christmas we got Cabbage Patch dolls was a big one and we had a ton of Little Golden Books around our house.

The best thing we've sold thus far, and it was the first item we sold when the shop opened, was the Fisher Price rocking horse. My sister was so stoked when she found it, and she got it for a great price. Her Lilly wasn't interested in it at all, so in the store it went!

VKC: How do you juggle your business and your personal life/motherhood?

LillysLuckyPenny: My sister has been doing most of the behind-the-scenes work. Her Lilly is almost a year and a half, while my Penny is going on 7 months. Penny still isn't crawling so she requires a lot more of my attention - all of my attention really. We have all the store inventory and photo equipment at my sister's house. Penny and I make trips out to her house to try and get stuff done together, but either my sister or I end up running after the girls and not a whole lot gets done. My sister also goes to school full-time and works out of her home, so for her to keep getting up inventory every day makes her a superstar! I know some nights she is up way past bedtime logging and photographing new inventory. I keep our books and am more of the face of the shop, which is easy and fun for me.

Our Etsy store isn't going to buy us a new vacation home anytime soon. But we both have so much fun shopping and just love to be able to bring these fabulous vintage pieces to others who may not have the time to hunt for themselves.

VKC: What giveaway or discount would you like to offer our readers?

LillysLuckyPenny:
We will be giving away one of our great children's books! You can never have enough books around the house. Let us know the age and gender and any special interests of the child, and we will pick out a book for them.

Thank you!

Penny's Mom


Thanks so much, LillysLuckyPenny!

If you'd like to enter to win a children's book from LillysLuckyPenny, please leave a comment below.

There are a few other ways to enter - please leave a separate comment for each.

1. Favorite LillysLuckyPenny on etsy!
2. Tell us which item is your favorite at LillysLuckyPenny!
3. Tweet about this giveaway!
4. Blog about this giveaway! (Please include a link.)

This giveaway will be open until Wednesday, November 16, and a winner will be selected randomly.



48 comments:

  1. YAY! Another place to go for great vintage kiddos stuff! Love your shop!

    I favorited LillysLuckyPenny on Etsy!

    xo, Liz
    babyshapes.etsy.com

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  2. Fantastic interview!
    A book is a wonderful and thoughtful giveaway......you are right when you say you can never have enough books!

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  3. it's so fun to get to hear more about the people behind the shops. what a great team you two make! love your shop!

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  4. Great shop! I love the Big Golden Book of Fairy Tales, vintaqe books are pretty much all I buy for Syd!

    I favorited your shop and tweeted!

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  5. Thanks for the positive feedback. I LOVE books, and especially the books I read as a child. I recently scored a ton of vintage Sesame Street books that I brought home with the intention of putting in our Etsy store but instead went in my bookshelf for Penny when she stops chewing and drooling on books.

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  6. Love your shop!
    A wonderful selection of items!
    I would have kept the Vintage Sesame Street books for my own collection too :)

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  7. A blast from the past! I hearted the shop (etsy name: Halochanel )
    Halochanel at gmail dot com

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  8. I love the game of perfection, I used to play that all the time, but the Holly Hobbie (ish) Ballerina Musical Jewelery Box is awesome.
    Halochanel at gmail dot com

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  9. https://twitter.com/#!/WrightWin/status/135102677146275841
    Tweeted
    Halochanel at gmail dot com

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  10. OMIGOSH, the Perfection Game??? LOVE IT!!!

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  11. Great posting, I really enjoyed it.

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  12. I would love a chance to win!! :)

    Thank you!

    thecountryblossom at hotmail dot com

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  13. Your shop is lovely and the girls are even more lovely! Just tweeted and fb about your giveaway!

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  14. From the shop, I just love the: http://www.etsy.com/listing/79813606/fisher-price-activity-center.

    Our church had one, in the nursery, when I was young and I didnt even remember till I saw it in this shop! How neat!!

    thecountryblossom at hotmail dot com

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  15. I hearted the shop on etsy! katy010305

    thecountryblossom at hotmail dot com

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  16. tweeted! http://twitter.com/#!/KatyLMA/status/135115991960129536

    thecountryblossom at hotmail dot com

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  17. Thanks for this contest!
    gkuroda(at)hawaii.edu

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  18. I like the caring is what counts care bears book!

    unforgetable_dreamer_always (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  19. I hearted under mom2lolo

    unforgetable_dreamer_always (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  20. LillysLuckyPenny was already one of my favorites on Etsy!
    e_kathleen25 at hotmail dot com

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  21. Oh man, the See 'N Says bring me back...I think my favorite thing is your Mother Nature one.

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  22. So great! I have a 3 year old and she loves books!

    hrfarley at gmail dot com

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  23. I favorite/heart Lilly's Lucky Penny on Etsy - my Etsy name is Hurdler4eva
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
    hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

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  24. I love the See 'N Say The Farmer Says Mattel
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
    hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

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  25. What a sweet giveaway! She has a great selectin of books! :)

    homespunhandmaiden(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  26. I tweeted abou the giveaway, I'm @AmberGoo:
    http://twitter.com/#!/AmberGoo/status/135204382030569472
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
    hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

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  27. I've added the shop to my etsy favourites
    (rosewendy)

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  28. The Care Bear "Tenderheart Bear" Drinking Glass brought back memoris. My oldest daughter had a cuddly Tenderheart bear which was her favourite.

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  29. What a sweet giveaway! She has a huge selection of books! It would be so hard to choose :)

    homespunhandmaiden(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  30. I hearted her shop (HomespunHandmaiden)

    homespunhandmaiden(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  31. I love the Mickey's Christmas Carol book :)

    homespunhandmaiden(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  32. I tweeted: https://twitter.com/#!/HHandmaiden

    homespunhandmaiden(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  33. you have such a great collection of books in your shop!!

    xoxo

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  34. I had forgotten that I had a Fisher Price Airplane when I was young, in the 70s! So I'll pick that as my favorite!

    contactlillea at gmail dot com

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  35. Added the shop to my favourites - Etsy name Lillea

    contactlillea at gmail dot com

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  36. tweet: https://twitter.com/#!/LilleaBrionn/status/135256186294505472

    contactlillea at gmail dot com

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  37. I love vintage books!

    I am a school teacher and would be happy with any vintage book-especially love Golden Books and vintage Richard Scary

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  38. Hi! I have favorited LillysLuckyPenny on etsy.
    Thanks! Marta García martaplayita [at] gmail dot com http://abilingualbb.blogspot.com/

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  39. My favourite item from LillysLuckyPenny is the Mod Flower File Cabinet Record Holder Vintage Ballonoff. Thanks! Marta García martaplayita [at] gmail dot com http://abilingualbb.blogspot.com/

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  40. Oh wow, so many great vintage books! Love the Berenstain bears, The Junle Book and 101 Dalmations.

    :) debyeo at hotmail dot com

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  41. I heart Lilly's Lucky Penny on etsy (ID: megnate)

    megnate at telus dot net

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  42. My favorite game is the Perfection Game!! I havent played that game in forever and I LOVED it!

    megnate at telus dot net

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  43. Lilly's Lucky Penny is one of my Etsy Favorites
    alicia715
    ohmiss14 at yahoo dot com ☮

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  44. Perfection!!! I played with that game for years and never tired of it. There was another just like it that was a little easier because the pieces were larger. i CAN'T REMEMBER IF IT HAD A DIFFERENT NAME...
    ohmiss14 at yahoo dot com ☮

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  45. I favorited Lily's Lucky Penny on Etsy.

    -Amy
    amycellis2@gmail.com

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  46. I favorited her on etsy: FrancescaElena.
    fec527 at hotmail dot com

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  47. My favorites are the Little People toys. I LOVED those when I was little!
    fec527 at hotmail dot com

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