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Featured Seller: softspoken

Nov 4, 2009

by softspoken handmade and vintage goods

Tell us a bit about yourself.
Rachael Oglesby, 28,

Columbia, South Carolina,

shy, quiet, moody, awkward

Apart from creating things, what do you do?

thrift, live on the cheap, take road trips,

sit on the porch, drink beer, eat black beans,

feed the cats, call my mom, kiss my guy, go out,

stay in, read

What first made you want to become an artist?

disdain for authority, the 9 to 5, fluorescent

lighting, cubicles, useless college degrees

Please describe your creative process how, when, materials, etc.

vintage pattern browsing, street style, the classic,

the trendy, the 2 am idea, the perfect mistake, the

stumble upon

What handmade possession do you most cherish?

a pink western shirt sewn by my mom in high school

home ec with her and my dad’s initials embroidered

on the pocket

Name your top five books, movies, songs/musical groups, and web sites besides Etsy.


A Confederate General from Big Sur by Richard Brautigan

Ida by Gertrude Stein

The Stories of Breece D’J Pancake

Love in the Ruins by Walker Percy

Jesus’ Son/Ask the Dust/Still Life with Woodpecker/Love is a Dog From Hell


Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia

The Getaway


Annie Hall

Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure


Reigning Sound

Bob Dylan

Milton Hall

The Glands





Google Reader


Yahoo Mail


Real Time with Bill Maher


This American Life

Savage Love

The Moth

What advice would you give to artists who are new to Etsy?

your photographs ARE your items

What are your favorite features on Etsy? What new features would you like to see?

<3: favorites and treasuries

need: in house checkout

How do you promote your work?

In ten years I’d like to be…

free of student loans

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