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Featured Seller: Zwzzy

Mar 30, 2012

by zwzzy

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Tell us about yourself.
I’m Jen of Zwzzy, and I live in Northern California with my fluffy kitty and boyfriend. Ducks, burritos and carousels rock my world. If you’re wondering how the heck to say my shop name, it’s zzzwwIZee.

Apart from collecting and curating, what do you do?
I screen print. I have a second shop with mostly animal designs that either myself or my friends have drawn. I also like to take random sports lessons. I’ve recently finished archery, and now I’m onto badminton. Other than that, I like to snuggle with my cat, eat Italian, go to Disneyland, tap dance around the house, and watch sci-fi movies. I also volunteer/DJ at a non-commercial radio station and work at a local record store. I guess you could say I like to keep busy.

What would be the title of your memoir? Why?
The Cat Whisperer. I don’t know what it is, but the felines love me! I can convince any cat that I’m secretly their best friend.

Do you have any personal collections? How did they start?
I’ve noticed that I’ve started collecting vintage cat brooches. My favorite is one that’s basically the cat’s butt with his head peeking around. It’s so cute! I also have a bad habit of buying tacky art from estate sales. I have a giant 5′ puffy goose linen thing, and a hideous ’70s framed yarn lion head that’s about 4 feet tall.

What decade or style inspires you?
I definitely have a weakness for the ’70s. I’m a huge roller skating fan, and I’m not ashamed to admit I blast the disco during photo shoots! There’s something about the ugly orange, brown and yellow color combination that makes my heart flutter. The huge sun glasses, flipped hair, wild prints and dolly dresses are totally my thing. I’m also very much into 1950s cotton dresses. I’m currently hoarding all the ones I find that fit me — sorry!

What are the challenges of finding great vintage?
There’s always some sort of challenge. Sometimes you buy that amazing piece and come home to find out there’s a giant stain you didn’t see, or the buttons fall off, or the snaps are rusted, or the material crumbles right in your hands (yep, had that one happen!). I think knowing your audience and what type of person you like selling to is key. I’m into bright, fun and loud designs, and I can totally picture the type of girl or guy that my selections would please. One of the best parts is the hunt. I’m up at 4 or 5 a.m. every Friday starting my weekly trek!

What’s the most interesting backstory of an object you’ve acquired?
I recently had a bikini that the previous owner wore in a 1946 beauty parade. I even had a copy of the newspaper clipping and a photo of her in it — so sweet. The best ending to that was shipping it off to the International Swimming Hall of Fame! There was also this old costume warehouse that finally decided to let go of their inventory. It was huge and filled with sequins, feathers, fringe and cheeseball galore. I was in heaven! Everything had been locked up since the ’80s, and most of it was from the 1960s and earlier.

If you could peek inside the studio of any artist, designer or craftsman (dead or alive), who would it be?
Definitely Mary Blair’s, back in the 1950s and 1960s. Her use of color, shapes, patterns and ideas are my favorite style.

Was there an object that was particularly hard for you to give up? If so, why?
It’s always sad to see the clothing go. I spend so much time cleaning, fixing, photographing and steaming everything. It’s such a special feeling knowing that someone is going to wear it with love. I had a fur kitty cat muff that was missing one eye that finally sold and made me a bit teary. It was the sweetest lil’ thing.

How do you get out of your creative ruts?
My cat is the ultimate healer. Her purrs make me know that everything is going to be all right. If I’m in a funk, I also like to step outside. Fresh air does wonders for the brain. Staring at the clouds is almost meditative.

Where would you like to be in ten years?
These answers are always so funny. Hopefully sitting on the beach in Isla Mujeres, surrounded by my closets of hoarded 1950s day dresses, Romy kittens and my own personal roller rink!

Featured Seller Archive

Vintage 1950s Pat Premo Halter Dress - Pink Hearts on White Cotton - Summer Day Dress - Fit and Flare - Rockabilly Pin-Up Style - Small
Vintage 1950s Pat Premo Halter Dress - Pink Hearts on White Cotton - Summer Day Dress - Fit and Flare - Rockabilly Pin-Up Style - Small
zwzzy
$136.00 USD
Vintage 1950s Dress - Cherry Red Heart and Floral Print Lanz Style Dress - Country Girl Rick Rack Diamond Trim - Western Cotton - Small XS
Vintage 1950s Dress - Cherry Red Heart and Floral Print Lanz Style Dress - Country Girl Rick Rack Diamond Trim - Western Cotton - Small XS
zwzzy
$102.00 USD
Vintage 1960s Dress - Rappi Pastel Cotton Candy Striped Whimsical Big Bow Party Dress - Pink Lolita Sundress - Faux Bois Texture - Small
Vintage 1960s Dress - Rappi Pastel Cotton Candy Striped Whimsical Big Bow Party Dress - Pink Lolita Sundress - Faux Bois Texture - Small
zwzzy
$120.00 USD
Vintage 1960s Floral Dress - Cotton Candy Pink Flower Garden Print Day Dress - Medium Large
Vintage 1960s Floral Dress - Cotton Candy Pink Flower Garden Print Day Dress - Medium Large
zwzzy
$78.00 USD
Vintage 1960s Chiffon Party Dress - Hot Pink Sequined Sheer Cocktail Dress - Small
Vintage 1960s Chiffon Party Dress - Hot Pink Sequined Sheer Cocktail Dress - Small
zwzzy
$65.00 USD
Vintage 1960s Dress - Novelty Print Foriegn Country Flags - European London Swinging 60s Countries Red White and Blue Cotton Dress - Medium
Vintage 1960s Dress - Novelty Print Foriegn Country Flags - European London Swinging 60s Countries Red White and Blue Cotton Dress - Medium
zwzzy
$80.00 USD
Vintage 1960s Dress - Hot Pink Chiffon Cocktail Party Dress - Sweetheart Valentines Day - Shelf Bust - Small
Vintage 1960s Dress - Hot Pink Chiffon Cocktail Party Dress - Sweetheart Valentines Day - Shelf Bust - Small
zwzzy
$102.00 USD
Vintage 1950s Dress - Black Jersey Cotton Wiggle Dress with Large Satin Bow - Semi Off Shoulder - Cocktail Formal Party - Small
Vintage 1950s Dress - Black Jersey Cotton Wiggle Dress with Large Satin Bow - Semi Off Shoulder - Cocktail Formal Party - Small
zwzzy
$86.00 USD
Vintage Red Chiffon Skirt - 1960s 1950s Style Sheer Party Full Skirt - Small
Vintage Red Chiffon Skirt - 1960s 1950s Style Sheer Party Full Skirt - Small
zwzzy
$52.00 USD
Vintage Knit Dress - Royal Blue Boucle Sweater Dress - Medium
Vintage Knit Dress - Royal Blue Boucle Sweater Dress - Medium
zwzzy
$56.00 USD
Vintage 1960s Floral Dress - Botanical Saks Fifth Avenue Summer Dress - Floral Print Chiffon - Medium Small
Vintage 1960s Floral Dress - Botanical Saks Fifth Avenue Summer Dress - Floral Print Chiffon - Medium Small
zwzzy
$130.00 USD
Vintage White Huaraches - Leather Woven Flat Sandals - Hippie Boho Bohemian Gypsy - Open Toe and Heel - Size 7
Vintage White Huaraches - Leather Woven Flat Sandals - Hippie Boho Bohemian Gypsy - Open Toe and Heel - Size 7
zwzzy
$38.00 USD
Vintage 1980s Huaraches - Leather Woven Flat Sandals - Pastel Pink Green Rainbow White - Open Cut-Out Sides - Size US 7
Vintage 1980s Huaraches - Leather Woven Flat Sandals - Pastel Pink Green Rainbow White - Open Cut-Out Sides - Size US 7
zwzzy
$38.00 USD
Vintage 1960s Sequin Sweater - Cream Eggshell Ivory Iridescent Sequined Wool Cardigan Sweater - H Liebes Italian - Small
Vintage 1960s Sequin Sweater - Cream Eggshell Ivory Iridescent Sequined Wool Cardigan Sweater - H Liebes Italian - Small
zwzzy
$62.00 USD
Vintage 1960s Sequined Coat - Black Cropped Coat - Formal Cocktail Party Short Jacket - Glam Crop Coat
Vintage 1960s Sequined Coat - Black Cropped Coat - Formal Cocktail Party Short Jacket - Glam Crop Coat
zwzzy
$65.00 USD
Vintage Suede Heels - Hana Mackler 1970s Secretary Ruffle Pilgrim Vamp with Arrow Pin - Caramel Brown - Size 7.5
Vintage Suede Heels - Hana Mackler 1970s Secretary Ruffle Pilgrim Vamp with Arrow Pin - Caramel Brown - Size 7.5
zwzzy
$72.00 USD
Vintage 1960s Dress - Autumn Rust Evening Cocktail Party Dress - Large Velvet Bow - Brown Red Cross Hatch Print - Medium
Vintage 1960s Dress - Autumn Rust Evening Cocktail Party Dress - Large Velvet Bow - Brown Red Cross Hatch Print - Medium
zwzzy
$60.00 USD
Vintage 1950s Prom Dress - Soft Cocoa Brow Tulle Gown - Medium
Vintage 1950s Prom Dress - Soft Cocoa Brow Tulle Gown - Medium
zwzzy
$180.00 USD
Vintage 1940s Black Velvet Dress - 40s Bias Cut Tassle Bow Dress - Fitted Gathered Hips - Small XS
Vintage 1940s Black Velvet Dress - 40s Bias Cut Tassle Bow Dress - Fitted Gathered Hips - Small XS
zwzzy
$80.00 USD
Vintage 1950s Dress - Novelty Print Tropical Island Mexican City Scene Cliff Divers Village Town Surfing Tourist Corset Dress - Small
Vintage 1950s Dress - Novelty Print Tropical Island Mexican City Scene Cliff Divers Village Town Surfing Tourist Corset Dress - Small
zwzzy
$350.00 USD
Vintage India Cotton Skirt - Hippie Boho Bohemian Medallion Border Floral Print Indian Cotton Style Gauzy Skirt - Medium
Vintage India Cotton Skirt - Hippie Boho Bohemian Medallion Border Floral Print Indian Cotton Style Gauzy Skirt - Medium
zwzzy
$45.00 USD
Vintage 1950s Skirt - Novelty Print Little People Family Floral Linen Knee Length Skirt - Small XS
Vintage 1950s Skirt - Novelty Print Little People Family Floral Linen Knee Length Skirt - Small XS
zwzzy
$86.00 USD
Vintage 1950s Dress - Sheer Pink Floral Ruffle Dancing Senorita Dress - Small Medium
Vintage 1950s Dress - Sheer Pink Floral Ruffle Dancing Senorita Dress - Small Medium
zwzzy
$140.00 USD
Vintage Hawaiian Dress - 1960s Royal Hawaiian Blue and White Floral Print Summer Vacation Dress - Small Medium
Vintage Hawaiian Dress - 1960s Royal Hawaiian Blue and White Floral Print Summer Vacation Dress - Small Medium
zwzzy
$75.00 USD
Vintage 1960s Jumpsuit - Neon Psychedelic Print Floral Sorbet Outfit - Tropical Tiki - Medium
Vintage 1960s Jumpsuit - Neon Psychedelic Print Floral Sorbet Outfit - Tropical Tiki - Medium
zwzzy
$110.00 USD
Vintage Peacock Print Dress - Soft Bohemian Boho Style Loose Fit Tunic Dress with Adjustable Tie - Novelty Print - Lavender Purple Cream
Vintage Peacock Print Dress - Soft Bohemian Boho Style Loose Fit Tunic Dress with Adjustable Tie - Novelty Print - Lavender Purple Cream
zwzzy
$46.00 USD
Vintage Victor Costa Sequin Dress - 1970s Black Sheer Nude Illusion Silver Sequined Gown - Glam Glamorous Hollywood - Floor Length - Small
Vintage Victor Costa Sequin Dress - 1970s Black Sheer Nude Illusion Silver Sequined Gown - Glam Glamorous Hollywood - Floor Length - Small
zwzzy
$310.00 USD
Vintage 1950s Dress - Dark Olive Green Plaid Tartan Wiggle Dress - Double Breasted Button Skirt Two Layered - XS
Vintage 1950s Dress - Dark Olive Green Plaid Tartan Wiggle Dress - Double Breasted Button Skirt Two Layered - XS
zwzzy
$78.00 USD
Vintage 1940s Dress - Lavender Cotton Scallop Shoulder Button Details Dress - Pockets - Medium Small
Vintage 1940s Dress - Lavender Cotton Scallop Shoulder Button Details Dress - Pockets - Medium Small
zwzzy
$85.00 USD
Vintage 1960s Dress - Georgiana Muted Orange Artsy Print Wiggle Dress with Button Detail Front - Back Kick Pleat Skirt - Small
Vintage 1960s Dress - Georgiana Muted Orange Artsy Print Wiggle Dress with Button Detail Front - Back Kick Pleat Skirt - Small
zwzzy
$78.00 USD
Vintage 1950s Dress - Sky Blue Gingham Sundress - 50s Dorothy Gale White Eyelet Fan Shelf Bust - Ruffle Skirt - Small
Vintage 1950s Dress - Sky Blue Gingham Sundress - 50s Dorothy Gale White Eyelet Fan Shelf Bust - Ruffle Skirt - Small
zwzzy
$162.00 USD
Vintage 1950s Dress - Blue Iceberg Print Cotton Day Dress - Button Up Bow and Pleat - Volup Large
Vintage 1950s Dress - Blue Iceberg Print Cotton Day Dress - Button Up Bow and Pleat - Volup Large
zwzzy
$75.00 USD
Vintage 2 Piece Floral Blouse and Skirt - Hot Pink Roses - Medium Large
Vintage 2 Piece Floral Blouse and Skirt - Hot Pink Roses - Medium Large
zwzzy
$60.00 USD
1930s Lace Dress - Vintage Jet Black Tiered Skirt Maxi Dress - XS Small Evening Gown
1930s Lace Dress - Vintage Jet Black Tiered Skirt Maxi Dress - XS Small Evening Gown
zwzzy
$310.00 USD
Vintage Africa Print Dress - 1970s Novelty Print Summer Dress - Small Medium
Vintage Africa Print Dress - 1970s Novelty Print Summer Dress - Small Medium
zwzzy
$52.00 USD
Vintage 1970s Sheer Dress - Mini Dark Floral Black and Hot Pink Purple Dress - Medium
Vintage 1970s Sheer Dress - Mini Dark Floral Black and Hot Pink Purple Dress - Medium
zwzzy
$48.00 USD
Vintage 1960s Hawaiian Shirt - Tropical Vacation Bright Orange Brown and Green Floral Print Zip Shirt Top - Womens Medium
Vintage 1960s Hawaiian Shirt - Tropical Vacation Bright Orange Brown and Green Floral Print Zip Shirt Top - Womens Medium
zwzzy
$49.00 USD
Vintage 1950s Dress - Sundress Floral Print Sheer Ruched Flower Applique Sun Yellow Party Dress - Garfinckel & Co - Small
Vintage 1950s Dress - Sundress Floral Print Sheer Ruched Flower Applique Sun Yellow Party Dress - Garfinckel & Co - Small
zwzzy
$140.00 USD
Vintage 1950s Dress - Pink Novelty Print Dog Dragon Water Fountain Medieval Cotton Day Dress - Small
Vintage 1950s Dress - Pink Novelty Print Dog Dragon Water Fountain Medieval Cotton Day Dress - Small
zwzzy
$110.00 USD
Vintage 1950s Dress - Black and White Sundress - Pintuck Bodice - Rockabilly Pin-Up Style - Cotton Day Dress - Small XS
Vintage 1950s Dress - Black and White Sundress - Pintuck Bodice - Rockabilly Pin-Up Style - Cotton Day Dress - Small XS
zwzzy
$98.00 USD
Vintage Guatemalan Woven Skirt - Bohemian Ethnic Metallic Thread Chocholate Brown Copper Boho Skirt - Small
Vintage Guatemalan Woven Skirt - Bohemian Ethnic Metallic Thread Chocholate Brown Copper Boho Skirt - Small
zwzzy
$48.00 USD
Vintage 1950s Evening Dress - Chocolate Bronze Brown and Gold Striped Blouse and Skirt Set - Medium
Vintage 1950s Evening Dress - Chocolate Bronze Brown and Gold Striped Blouse and Skirt Set - Medium
zwzzy
$95.00 USD
Vintage 1960s Sailor Dress - Red White and Blue Nautical Day Dress - Medium Large
Vintage 1960s Sailor Dress - Red White and Blue Nautical Day Dress - Medium Large
zwzzy
$78.00 USD
Vintage 1920s Dress - Black Beaded Cocktail Flapper Dress - Medium Evening Dress
Vintage 1920s Dress - Black Beaded Cocktail Flapper Dress - Medium Evening Dress
zwzzy
$425.00 USD
Vintage 1970s Dress - Tiny Floral Print Casual Keyhole Dress with Split Shoulders - Simon Jeffrey - Small
Vintage 1970s Dress - Tiny Floral Print Casual Keyhole Dress with Split Shoulders - Simon Jeffrey - Small
zwzzy
$40.00 USD
Vintage 1950s Dress - Dark Floral Light Pink Flower Print Painted Skirt - Jersey Knit Top - Casual Party Dress -  Large
Vintage 1950s Dress - Dark Floral Light Pink Flower Print Painted Skirt - Jersey Knit Top - Casual Party Dress - Large
zwzzy
$102.00 USD
Vintage 1970s Dress - Hippie Boho Rust Red Indian Rayon Leaf Cut-Out Tent Dress - Autumn Fall Fashion - Bohemian Gypsy - Large
Vintage 1970s Dress - Hippie Boho Rust Red Indian Rayon Leaf Cut-Out Tent Dress - Autumn Fall Fashion - Bohemian Gypsy - Large
zwzzy
$50.00 USD
Vintage 1970s Dress - Floral Print Accordion Pleat Wrap Top Bodice Bohemian Style Dress - Rust Brown - Medium Large
Vintage 1970s Dress - Floral Print Accordion Pleat Wrap Top Bodice Bohemian Style Dress - Rust Brown - Medium Large
zwzzy
$68.00 USD
Vintage 1950s Dress - Iridescent Sky Blue Polished Cotton Shirtwaist Day Dress - Powder Blue 60s Button Up - Anne Carter - Large
Vintage 1950s Dress - Iridescent Sky Blue Polished Cotton Shirtwaist Day Dress - Powder Blue 60s Button Up - Anne Carter - Large
zwzzy
$85.00 USD
Vintage 1960s Feather Hat - Brown Mousse Tulle Netting with Autumn Orange and Green Feathers - Velvet Bow - Pillbox Style Cap
Vintage 1960s Feather Hat - Brown Mousse Tulle Netting with Autumn Orange and Green Feathers - Velvet Bow - Pillbox Style Cap
zwzzy
$50.00 USD
Vintage 1960s Romper Skirt Set - Bright Pastel Colorful White Light Floral Neon Beach Bum - Medium
Vintage 1960s Romper Skirt Set - Bright Pastel Colorful White Light Floral Neon Beach Bum - Medium
zwzzy
$48.00 USD
Vintage 1950s Dress - Blue Paisley Mushroom Print Corset Lace Up Bodice Front Full Skirt Cotton Day Dress - Pinup Style - Medium
Vintage 1950s Dress - Blue Paisley Mushroom Print Corset Lace Up Bodice Front Full Skirt Cotton Day Dress - Pinup Style - Medium
zwzzy
$108.00 USD
Vintage 1960s Floral Dress - Mustard Yellow Cotton Day Dress - XS
Vintage 1960s Floral Dress - Mustard Yellow Cotton Day Dress - XS
zwzzy
$80.00 USD
Vintage 1950s Dress - Blue Floral Patchwork Print Cotton Day Dress - Large
Vintage 1950s Dress - Blue Floral Patchwork Print Cotton Day Dress - Large
zwzzy
$82.00 USD
Vintage 1960s Dress - Novelty Print Victorian London Scene - Horse Carriage British Guard - Cream Cotton Day Dress - Volup Large
Vintage 1960s Dress - Novelty Print Victorian London Scene - Horse Carriage British Guard - Cream Cotton Day Dress - Volup Large
zwzzy
$112.00 USD
Vintage 1960s Chiffon Dress - Black Evening Party Dress - Little Black Dress LBD - Bias Cut Bodice Sheer Back - 60s Dress - Medium Small
Vintage 1960s Chiffon Dress - Black Evening Party Dress - Little Black Dress LBD - Bias Cut Bodice Sheer Back - 60s Dress - Medium Small
zwzzy
$88.00 USD
Vintage 1960s Stirrup Pants - Cigarette Style Pants - Olive Green - Removable Detachable Stirrup - NWT Classic - Size XS 22 inch waist
Vintage 1960s Stirrup Pants - Cigarette Style Pants - Olive Green - Removable Detachable Stirrup - NWT Classic - Size XS 22 inch waist
zwzzy
$60.00 USD
Vintage Floral Jumpsuit - 1960s Tropical Vacation Tiki Pants Suit - Medium Large
Vintage Floral Jumpsuit - 1960s Tropical Vacation Tiki Pants Suit - Medium Large
zwzzy
$85.00 USD
Vintage 1960s Black Wiggle Dress - Little Black Dress - Miss Elliette - Chiffon Ruched Bodice - Small
Vintage 1960s Black Wiggle Dress - Little Black Dress - Miss Elliette - Chiffon Ruched Bodice - Small
zwzzy
$75.00 USD
Vintage 1960s Tulip Print Dress - Cotton Oatmeal Floral Striped Print Day Dress - Small to Medium
Vintage 1960s Tulip Print Dress - Cotton Oatmeal Floral Striped Print Day Dress - Small to Medium
zwzzy
$110.00 USD

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