Friday, November 16, 2012

Member Interview & Giveaway: Baby Binks Vintage


Shop: Baby Binks Vintage
Twitter:  @DHH0927

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

Baby Binks VintageI am a mother of a beautiful 11 year old boy and he is the center of my world. My Etsy shop, Baby Bink Vintage, is named after him. Baby Binks is a silly little name I would call him as a toddler (and sometimes still do although he doesn't like it as much these days). BBV sells anything vintage that is centered around children. When browsing my shop, you will find goodies from clothing to toys and everything in between. Baby Binks Vintage is my second and newest Etsy shop. I started selling vintage with Oma's Basement on Etsy and found that so many of my great items were for children. I decided to take on an extra shop dedicated to vintage children's items to give these goodies special attention.



VKC:  Why are you drawn to vintage?

Baby Binks Vintage:  I found an appreciation for vintage the first time I shopped at a thrift store. Finding treasures that were discarded and giving them a second chance was exciting. Etsy allows me to hunt for these vintage goodies and care for them until they are ready to continue their story. I love the idea of giving an item a new home so it can be valued and appreciated all over again. 

VKC :  Where do you find your treasures?

Baby Binks Vintage:  I mostly find my treasures at my local thrift shops. When I have  chance, I venture to estate sales and yard sales. I love to check out the thrift stores while I am on vacation as well. There is something so satisfying about the search for vintage at a shop in another town or state. You really never know what you'll find.



VKC:  What is your process when creating/working?

Baby Binks Vintage:   The most important thing for me is to stay focused. I usually make a large cup of coffee, sit at my crafting desk with my laptop and tackle my to-do list. I also tend to buy in excess, so photographing the items can be a challenge. The prep alone can take a good amount of time, so I have started to appoint certain tasks for certain days. Monday is half price day at the thrift store closest to me, so I try to shop Monday, organize and prep Tuesday, photograph Wednesday and list and ship through the end of the week and into the weekend. Of course, that schedule changes regularly due to my busy life outside of Etsy.

VKC:  How do you promote your business?

Baby Binks Vintage:   I utilize Etsy as much as possible in regards to promoting. I have used their promotional tools, joined teams and regularly participate in group promoting such as Treasuries and Circles. I have linked my other shop, Oma's Basement, to Twitter and plan to use social networking to my BBV's advantage as soon as I create my new Facebook account.



VKC :  What do you do when you are not creating/working?

Baby Binks Vintage:   Most of my free time is spent with my son. He also loves shopping second hand, so we thrift hunt together. I am an avid crafter as well and it's not unusual to find me knee deep in scrapbooking supplies. I am getting married next October, so planning our wedding takes up a good amount of my extra time as well. I am giggling a little while writing "extra time" because I feel like that is really just wishful thinking for a busy mom.


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

Baby Binks Vintage:   So far, my favorite item that I have sold through BBV is a pair of saddle shoes. I was contacted by the woman who purchased them and she explained why she wanted them and that she needed express delivery. Her story was great and I knew that the shoes would be used for something important to her and her daughter. I felt honored to be able to help and she was so appreciative. That sale warmed my heart.

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

Baby Binks Vintage:   I remind myself all the time that I sell Etsy to make extra money for my family and it's not intended to interfere with my family life. Sometimes, when I am in the middle of a listing description or editing photos, I have to make an effort to put everything down and redirect my attention to the things that are most important. I run two vintage shops, so this can be challenging at times. It's all a matter of putting things in perspective.



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

Baby Binks Vintage:  I am giving away a vintage Cabbage Patch Toddler Collection Doll.  Please click here for more details about the doll.  I will cover domestic shipping but the winner will need to pay for international shipping.

If you'd like to enter to win this giveaway, please leave a comment below.
There are a few other ways to enter - please leave a separate comment for each.
1. Favorite Baby Binks Vintage on etsy!
 

2. Tweet or blog about this giveaway. (Please include a link.)
 
This giveaway will be open until Sunday November 25th, and a winner will be selected randomly.

Good luck!




50 comments:

  1. Great interview and giveaway! Your shop is adorable, I just added it to my Favorites!

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  2. loved learning more about you! good luck with the wedding planning! xo

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    1. I appreciate the opportunity. VKC has been a blessing. Thank you!!!!

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  3. Isn't it funny the silly nicknames we create for our kiddos?! I love that your shop is named for your son. You have such fun goodies in your shop!

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    1. He's a little bashful about it now that's he's 11, but it brings back sweet memories. He was happy to know I named the shop after his nickname, it made him smile. Thank you!!

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  4. What, mommy, soon-to-be-bride AND running 2 shops, why wouldn't you have any free time? Love it! Love seeing all your great finds!

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    1. Thank you Laura!! xoxo

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  5. My favorite Baby Binks item, actually two items: 1)The Fisher Price Van- A girlfriend had one similar, (different year?), I always wanted one.
    2)The Cabbage Patch Kid - I still have my 3 original babies!

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  6. What a fantastic interview! I love hearing about everyone and their lives :)
    Congrats on your upcoming wedding!
    Your shop is a treasure trove of fab goodies!

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    1. Thank you, thank you and thank you!!! :)

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  7. Oh my goodness! That pink roses girl's dress is SO cute! Great shop prices, too! :-)

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    1. Thank you for the feedback. I always strive for reasonable prices and it's helpful to hear what people think about the price points.

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  8. Tweeted! https://twitter.com/OhSydney_Etsy/status/269815163975262208

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  9. As a child I always secretly wanted a boy doll but got the one all the other girls wanted. Would love to win this to finally say I got the one I wanted :)

    magspie9(at)gmail,com

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    1. Boy dolls are great and this one is a true sweetie. Good Luck!!

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  10. Tweeted
    https://twitter.com/magspie0/status/269826946106544129

    magspie9(at)gmail,com

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  11. love to win this
    debbie jackson
    djackson1958 at hotmail dot com

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  12. favorited on etsy and debijackson

    debbie jackson
    djackson1958 at hotmail dot com

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  13. that cute cabbage patch kid's face takes me right back to my childhood! fingers crossed!

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  14. i liked your shop :) my grandma used to collect these dolls. logansmommy0611 at yahoo

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    1. Thank you!! My grandmother bought me my first CPK when I was young. ;)

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  15. Wow, very nostalgic, cabbage patch dolls were in when I was young, I'd love to have one for my daughter! ;)

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    1. Best of luck!! Thanks for stopping by!

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  16. I love the Learn the Alphabet Vintage Abacus Style Wooden ABC Frame Toy

    clenna at aol dot com

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  17. I don't tweet or have a blog but I posted on my facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/clenna/posts/364293796998843

    clenna emery

    clenna at aol dot com

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    1. Thank you Clenna!!

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    2. I love the 1977 Fisher Price Van Vintage Fisher Price Car Toy Retro Van
      mframe00@gmail.com

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  18. Thanks for the giveaway!!!
    v_theberge@hotmail.com

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  19. I Favorite Baby Binks Vintage on etsy!
    Valerie Theberge
    v_theberge@hotmail.com

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    1. Many, many thanks to you Valerie!!

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  20. Great interview Danielle! I love your shop...Your header is just too cute :)

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    1. Thank you! My header is from a great artist on... you guessed it... ETSY!!!

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  21. You have such cute items in your shop! I remember my cousin was obsessed with Cabbage Patch Kids when we were young!!
    Gigi

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  22. I also favorited your shop on Etsy!
    Gigi

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    1. Thank you Gigi! Good luck!!

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  23. Awesome giveaway! I'm definitely the Cabbage Patch Kids generation.
    michelle.wanderingstill@gmail.com

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  24. I have added you to my favorites on etsy! (maalbers)
    michelle.wanderingstill@gmail.com

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  25. Tweeted about the giveaway https://twitter.com/Freemples/status/272373136878620672

    michelle.wanderingstill@gmail.com

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  26. These are getting harder and harder to find! I love the vintage jumpers and sweaters you have as well:)

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  27. Following on fb and twitter (@reniazen)
    Faved on etsy (arkemp07)

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  28. Shared giveaway:
    https://twitter.com/reniazen/status/272462032807264257

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  29. Thanks for having this giveaway! I love all of the vintage items!

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  30. Thank you for the giveaway! You are one super busy lady! Wow.

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  31. I really love the Vintage Lovable Clown and Teddy Child's Room Decoration bc it reminds me of a similar one that i grew up with in my room that i no longer have!

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  32. http://www.facebook.com/OliviaH84/posts/498434623512976

    Facebook share :)

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  33. https://twitter.com/MR0ss9/status/272792894048436224

    My Etsy is Mr0ss9!

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