Right now, a little house in the woods is a perfect spot for their family:
|Vacationing on Madeline Island on Lake Superior|
We have a couple of trusty chickens, and a great garden in the summertime. The deer and birds frequent our front door--it's pretty awesome! I wouldn't say that I'm a country girl at heart, because there are so many things about city life that I am drawn to. I get my city life fix when we have our date nights, and then we come back to the quiet streets and sky full of bright stars."
Luckily, their town and the nearby Twin Cities offer a lot of opportunities to stock up on vintage treasures for her shop, and Kari has no shortage of eager helpers as well.
|Dot and Rosie with their babies|
We are fortunate to have a handful of other stores within a 15 mile radius, and we hit those every couple of weeks. Once or twice a month we head down to the Twin Cities, where there's an endless supply of thrift stores between Minneapolis and St Paul.. There are quite a few VKC members that live in the metro area, so I always tend to look around wondering if any of them are there to stock up their shops too:)"
LaDiDottie has its roots in Kari's own vintage obsession. Not only is vintage style very near and dear to her heart, but having two adorable little girls to dress in vintage clothing has further fueled her passion.
|We wait all year long for the Minnesota State Fair....|
I love vintage for the same reasons that so many folks do. When I come across a piece of vintage clothing that still looks great, it makes me smile. The style is original, and the items are usually pretty great quality, fantastic fabrics and prints that you don't see too often these days unless you want to spend a pretty penny. I am so impressed that they've lasted so many years, and when you spend a few minutes each week digging for them, its like finding a real gem."
Some of those gems find their way into her Etsy shop, which Kari started back in 2011.
"I have a friend who sold vintage housewares on Etsy a few years back and she was great at encouraging me to start up my own shop. Why not turn a hobby of collecting vintage, and make it into a little business?
Every time I get a nice note from a customer about how much they love a certain item they bought from my shop, it makes me happy. Its been a fun job for me these past few years! I also opened a women's vintage shop a couple years ago, and that has been equally as exciting."
And some of her finds become beloved parts of her home. The latest treasure?
"It's my vintage butter yellow Kitchen Aid mixer that we got for insanely cheap. Upon my husband bringing home Joy of Cooking a couple of weeks ago, I have been whipping up the goodies like crazy. Seeing that silly little yellow mixer, just makes me so happy!"
|Our orange VW bus that we cruise around in all summer long!|
"Although I have a pretty large collection of vintage dresses for myself from the 50's, I've lately been drawn to the hippie side of the 60s… I think a lot in part to what I'm exposed to on Etsy… nonetheless, its something I've become more fond of! I'm starting to collect!"
A sampling of the vintage goodies that Kari (and her adorable helpers) have available at LaDiDottie: