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Featured Shop: DOTTO

Mar 12, 2014

by Nicole Dotto

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

My name is Nicole Dotto, and I scour the land for really pretty and sometimes really terrible vintage clothing (no such thing, y’all). My shop is called DOTTO. I’m from California, but I’ve been living in Chicago, Illinois, for a few years now.

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I have to admit that unlike every other vintage seller I have met or heard about, I used to be creeped out by old things – big time. Luckily, my feelings toward anything remotely old has changed completely over the years, and now my mouth actually kind of salivates when walking into a thrift shop or estate sale (so unladylike).

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My process is interesting: I don’t actually enjoy shopping unless it involves looking for vintage items for other people. I can out-shop everyone I know (go ahead, ask around) as long as I have some snacks and I’m not shopping for anything in particular.

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I have grown to love all parts of running my shop: finding clothing, cleaning, mending, measuring, taking photos with a timer like no one’s business, editing, shipping, and answering questions. I live and work in a studio apartment, which requires some super organization.

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I love the fact that DOTTO allows me to call the shots, give new life to clothing that otherwise might be discarded, pretend that I have the grandest closet in all the land, meet people from around the world, and put cats in my pictures, but what I really love about it is the glorious flexibility it affords me. I joined the Peace Corps after college because I wanted a broader perspective of the world, and I’ve continued volunteering in some way ever since. Having my days free lets me volunteer around Chicago a couple of times a week, which is truly what I love to do. I have working limbs and my wits about me; there is no reason I shouldn’t be helping others as much as I can.

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Because I have so much support from my family and friends, starting my small business and relying on it as a sole source of income from the start never felt like a huge risk. I think it has worked out in large part because of their encouragement. It can sound terrifying, but I want everyone to know that they can do this kind of thing too. If the idea pops into your head, just go for it! Etsy is a perfect marketplace to try it out.

All photographs by DOTTO.

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cotton candy pink 1960 cardigan . twist braid cable knit sweater .small.medium
cotton candy pink 1960 cardigan . twist braid cable knit sweater .small.medium
DOTTO
$16.00 USD
sheer lemon yellow 1970 maxi dress . bohemian bridesmaid gown .extra small.xs .sale
sheer lemon yellow 1970 maxi dress . bohemian bridesmaid gown .extra small.xs .sale
DOTTO
$36.00 USD
1960 mod houndstooth pencil skirt . bright mint green high waist .extra small.xs
1960 mod houndstooth pencil skirt . bright mint green high waist .extra small.xs
DOTTO
$26.00 USD
wide brim boater hat . 1970s fancy lady gondolier skimmer sun hat .sale
wide brim boater hat . 1970s fancy lady gondolier skimmer sun hat .sale
DOTTO
$50.00 USD
1940 sweetheart tulle wedding gown . retro pin up floor length dress .medium .sale
1940 sweetheart tulle wedding gown . retro pin up floor length dress .medium .sale
DOTTO
$66.00 USD
pleated silk tank top . boxy ivory sleeveless blouse . luxurious to the max .large .sale
pleated silk tank top . boxy ivory sleeveless blouse . luxurious to the max .large .sale
DOTTO
$20.00 USD
burlesque saloon lingerie . sheer red frilly western cowgirl slip dress .small.medium .sale
burlesque saloon lingerie . sheer red frilly western cowgirl slip dress .small.medium .sale
DOTTO
$20.00 USD
pastel yellow mod knit cape . pale 1960 peter pan collar sweater capelet .extra small.small.xs
pastel yellow mod knit cape . pale 1960 peter pan collar sweater capelet .extra small.small.xs
DOTTO
$26.00 USD
black velvet beaded top . plush sleeveless sparkle tank blouse .medium .sale s a l e
black velvet beaded top . plush sleeveless sparkle tank blouse .medium .sale s a l e
DOTTO
$10.00 USD
blue plaid 1950s day dress . mid century shirtwaist . matching belt .extra small.small.xs
blue plaid 1950s day dress . mid century shirtwaist . matching belt .extra small.small.xs
DOTTO
$136.00 USD
14k 18K gold charm jewelry set . tiny niagara falls tiny sombrero tiny log cabin . lot of 4
14k 18K gold charm jewelry set . tiny niagara falls tiny sombrero tiny log cabin . lot of 4
DOTTO
$186.00 USD
1970 red crochet cropped sweater . see through drawstring knit top .small.medium .sale
1970 red crochet cropped sweater . see through drawstring knit top .small.medium .sale
DOTTO
$20.00 USD
royal purple velvet cocktail dress . mod crystal rhinestone bling .extra small.xs .sale
royal purple velvet cocktail dress . mod crystal rhinestone bling .extra small.xs .sale
DOTTO
$44.00 USD
pastel pink sequin sparkle blouse . asymmetric scallop long sleeve top .medium
pastel pink sequin sparkle blouse . asymmetric scallop long sleeve top .medium
DOTTO
$40.00 USD
1960 cream knit turban . twist front knitted cap hat . mod vintage head wear .sale s a l e
1960 cream knit turban . twist front knitted cap hat . mod vintage head wear .sale s a l e
DOTTO
$10.00 USD
one piece nude bodyshaper lingerie teddy . lace trimmed 1 pc peach playsuit .extra small.xs.C cup .sale
one piece nude bodyshaper lingerie teddy . lace trimmed 1 pc peach playsuit .extra small.xs.C cup .sale
DOTTO
$26.00 USD
strappy RED bikini top . cut out skeleton back swim suit bra .small.medium .sale s a l e
strappy RED bikini top . cut out skeleton back swim suit bra .small.medium .sale s a l e
DOTTO
$10.00 USD
Berenstain Bears mug . 1987 mama papa brother sister bear cup . kitchen decor
Berenstain Bears mug . 1987 mama papa brother sister bear cup . kitchen decor
DOTTO
$16.00 USD
90s black silk Eaves & Brown skirt . highest waist formal mermaid fit n flare .extra small.small.xs
90s black silk Eaves & Brown skirt . highest waist formal mermaid fit n flare .extra small.small.xs
DOTTO
$776.00 USD
sheer pink mid century daisy blouse . blush see through pleated shirt .small.medium
sheer pink mid century daisy blouse . blush see through pleated shirt .small.medium
DOTTO
$56.00 USD
silver metal jewelry lot . handsome heavy necklace bracelet earring ring set
silver metal jewelry lot . handsome heavy necklace bracelet earring ring set
DOTTO
$40.00 USD
black floral velvet skirt . high waist flare hem plush garden skirt .large .sale
black floral velvet skirt . high waist flare hem plush garden skirt .large .sale
DOTTO
$16.00 USD
sheer striped Guess girl blouse . 1980 fitted translucent ivory shirt .extra small.xs .sale
sheer striped Guess girl blouse . 1980 fitted translucent ivory shirt .extra small.xs .sale
DOTTO
$26.00 USD
boho 1970 tapestry maxi skirt . floor length floral weave pattern .small .sale
boho 1970 tapestry maxi skirt . floor length floral weave pattern .small .sale
DOTTO
$20.00 USD
pastel yellow slip dress . mid century lingerie wear .extra small.small.xs .sale
pastel yellow slip dress . mid century lingerie wear .extra small.small.xs .sale
DOTTO
$16.00 USD
neutral micro suede and knit color block jacket . pale taupe gray coat .mens small.womens medium .sale
neutral micro suede and knit color block jacket . pale taupe gray coat .mens small.womens medium .sale
DOTTO
$26.00 USD
1970 chevron stripe mini dress . teal green puff sleeve summer dress .extra small.xs .sale
1970 chevron stripe mini dress . teal green puff sleeve summer dress .extra small.xs .sale
DOTTO
$20.00 USD
sapphire blue 1980 bikini top . strappy metallic beach babe swimsuit bra .small.medium .sale s a l e
sapphire blue 1980 bikini top . strappy metallic beach babe swimsuit bra .small.medium .sale s a l e
DOTTO
$10.00 USD
bright pink plunge front bathing suit . 1970 style 1 pc ruched swimsuit .small .sale
bright pink plunge front bathing suit . 1970 style 1 pc ruched swimsuit .small .sale
DOTTO
$36.00 USD
black pearl 2 pc bikini . BOW TIE bandeau . high waist swimsuit .small.medium .sale s a l e
black pearl 2 pc bikini . BOW TIE bandeau . high waist swimsuit .small.medium .sale s a l e
DOTTO
$10.00 USD
feather plume half slip skirt . vintage vanity fair . burnt orange bird print .small.medium .sale
feather plume half slip skirt . vintage vanity fair . burnt orange bird print .small.medium .sale
DOTTO
$20.00 USD
california youth fitness tee . retro navy blue parks and rec t shirt .small .sale s a l e
california youth fitness tee . retro navy blue parks and rec t shirt .small .sale s a l e
DOTTO
$10.00 USD
woven Helmi Vuorelma wall tapestry . 1960 Finnish lahti home decor textile .sale
woven Helmi Vuorelma wall tapestry . 1960 Finnish lahti home decor textile .sale
DOTTO
$66.00 USD
heavy duty gold metal 1980 belt . multi color cord waist . mega buckle .medium.large.extra large.xl .sale s a l e
heavy duty gold metal 1980 belt . multi color cord waist . mega buckle .medium.large.extra large.xl .sale s a l e
DOTTO
$10.00 USD
sheer frenchie embroidered handkerchief . tourist souvenir . french american flag hankie .sale
sheer frenchie embroidered handkerchief . tourist souvenir . french american flag hankie .sale
DOTTO
$20.00 USD
mid century rugby football tee . jersey number 16 . athletic white and red .extra extra small.xxs .sale
mid century rugby football tee . jersey number 16 . athletic white and red .extra extra small.xxs .sale
DOTTO
$16.00 USD
blue velvet bow tie 1950 tulle net fascinator . mid century wedding hair accessory .sale s a l e
blue velvet bow tie 1950 tulle net fascinator . mid century wedding hair accessory .sale s a l e
DOTTO
$10.00 USD
flower power bikini top . white blue green floral triangle bra swimsuit .medium .sale
flower power bikini top . white blue green floral triangle bra swimsuit .medium .sale
DOTTO
$16.00 USD
white lace wedding garter with TINY pink bow . vintage bridal accessory .sale
white lace wedding garter with TINY pink bow . vintage bridal accessory .sale
DOTTO
$6.00 USD
rare baby fozzie bear plush doll . 1980 muppet babies character . 1980 stuffed animal toy .sale
rare baby fozzie bear plush doll . 1980 muppet babies character . 1980 stuffed animal toy .sale
DOTTO
$20.00 USD
sheer illusion black bikini top . classic retro halter bandeau bra .small.medium .sale s a l e
sheer illusion black bikini top . classic retro halter bandeau bra .small.medium .sale s a l e
DOTTO
$10.00 USD
hot pink one piece bathing suit . space age geometric lines .extra small.xs .sale
hot pink one piece bathing suit . space age geometric lines .extra small.xs .sale
DOTTO
$36.00 USD
neon YELLOW sporty 2 pc swimsuit . athletic retro bandeau bikini .extra small.small.xs .sale
neon YELLOW sporty 2 pc swimsuit . athletic retro bandeau bikini .extra small.small.xs .sale
DOTTO
$20.00 USD
groovy 1960 floral bikini bottoms . adjustable tie side bathing suit .small.medium .sale s a l e
groovy 1960 floral bikini bottoms . adjustable tie side bathing suit .small.medium .sale s a l e
DOTTO
$10.00 USD
mid century sequin ribbon cape . mod black formal capelet jacket .small.medium.large .sale
mid century sequin ribbon cape . mod black formal capelet jacket .small.medium.large .sale
DOTTO
$186.00 USD
sheer silk v neck dickie blouse . see through ivory backless outfit top .small.medium.large
sheer silk v neck dickie blouse . see through ivory backless outfit top .small.medium.large
DOTTO
$36.00 USD
cream mod dress and jacket set . 2 pc vintage 1960s knit jackie o wear .small
cream mod dress and jacket set . 2 pc vintage 1960s knit jackie o wear .small
DOTTO
$56.00 USD
RARE eyes lips kiss print velvet jacket . 80s vintage novelty face blazer .medium.large .donate good cause
RARE eyes lips kiss print velvet jacket . 80s vintage novelty face blazer .medium.large .donate good cause
DOTTO
$486.00 USD
bulky nordic scandinavian zipper sweater . traditional woven knit . wooden fist charm .medium.large .donate good cause
bulky nordic scandinavian zipper sweater . traditional woven knit . wooden fist charm .medium.large .donate good cause
DOTTO
$206.00 USD
novelty teepee knit sweater . 1980 kitsch cowboy indian cardigan .small .sale
novelty teepee knit sweater . 1980 kitsch cowboy indian cardigan .small .sale
DOTTO
$36.00 USD
candy striped high waist shorts . pink white seersucker trouser short .medium.large .sale
candy striped high waist shorts . pink white seersucker trouser short .medium.large .sale
DOTTO
$16.00 USD
fuchsia pink pencil skirt . bright magenta high waist secretary wear .medium
fuchsia pink pencil skirt . bright magenta high waist secretary wear .medium
DOTTO
$16.00 USD
black mid century 2 pc suit . satin trimmed matching jacket and skirt .extra small.small.xs .sale
black mid century 2 pc suit . satin trimmed matching jacket and skirt .extra small.small.xs .sale
DOTTO
$36.00 USD
tuxedo ruffle mod grid mini dress . vintage 60s brown plaid frock .small
tuxedo ruffle mod grid mini dress . vintage 60s brown plaid frock .small
DOTTO
$40.00 USD
1980 Punky Brewster worthy tote bag . large carry all beach purse . bright pink yellow blue .sale s a l e
1980 Punky Brewster worthy tote bag . large carry all beach purse . bright pink yellow blue .sale s a l e
DOTTO
$10.00 USD
oh my heck BACKGAMMON . 1970 kitsch mens shirt . for the serious game enthusiast .medium .sale
oh my heck BACKGAMMON . 1970 kitsch mens shirt . for the serious game enthusiast .medium .sale
DOTTO
$44.00 USD
1950 US Airforce pillow cover . WWII war time sweetheart . to my wife home decor .sale s a l e
1950 US Airforce pillow cover . WWII war time sweetheart . to my wife home decor .sale s a l e
DOTTO
$10.00 USD
LARGE vintage wool farm textile . woven country sheep folk wall tapestry
LARGE vintage wool farm textile . woven country sheep folk wall tapestry
DOTTO
$406.00 USD
pearl necklace jewelry lot . ivory rose pink peach pearl beads
pearl necklace jewelry lot . ivory rose pink peach pearl beads
DOTTO
$46.00 USD
crocheted ivory cape coat . scalloped edge sweater cape .small.medium.large .sale
crocheted ivory cape coat . scalloped edge sweater cape .small.medium.large .sale
DOTTO
$40.00 USD

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