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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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sheer illusion boho folk dress . 1970s pastel peach hippie gown .extra small.small.xs
sheer illusion boho folk dress . 1970s pastel peach hippie gown .extra small.small.xs
DOTTO
$20.00 USD
baggy hip tapered leg 90s blue jeans . high waist mom jeans . classic denim .medium.large .sale s a l e
baggy hip tapered leg 90s blue jeans . high waist mom jeans . classic denim .medium.large .sale s a l e
DOTTO
$10.00 USD
pale silver gray draped neck blouse . boss woman office shirt .medium.large .sale s a l e
pale silver gray draped neck blouse . boss woman office shirt .medium.large .sale s a l e
DOTTO
$10.00 USD
swan lake ballerina tutu costume . white silver sequin tulle ballet leotard dress .medium
swan lake ballerina tutu costume . white silver sequin tulle ballet leotard dress .medium
DOTTO
$57.00 USD
sheer polka dot leg o mutton sleeve dress . theres a whole lot going on here .large.extra large.xl
sheer polka dot leg o mutton sleeve dress . theres a whole lot going on here .large.extra large.xl
DOTTO
$30.00 USD
Tor House Carmel by the Sea necktie . handsome Hawk Tower tie . Robinson Jeffers poet menswear
Tor House Carmel by the Sea necktie . handsome Hawk Tower tie . Robinson Jeffers poet menswear
DOTTO
$37.00 USD
1980s Oleg Cassini crossbody purse . gray black printed OC satchel bag
1980s Oleg Cassini crossbody purse . gray black printed OC satchel bag
DOTTO
$30.00 USD
emerald teal one piece vintage swimsuit . strapless green ruched bathing suit .extra small.small.xs
emerald teal one piece vintage swimsuit . strapless green ruched bathing suit .extra small.small.xs
DOTTO
$30.00 USD
1960s mens scuba swim trunks . high waist anchor surf bathing suit .extra small.xs
1960s mens scuba swim trunks . high waist anchor surf bathing suit .extra small.xs
DOTTO
$40.00 USD
groovy 1960s 2 pc bikini set . retro summer mod bathing suit .small.medium
groovy 1960s 2 pc bikini set . retro summer mod bathing suit .small.medium
DOTTO
$47.00 USD
vintage YSL necktie . high fashion Yves Saint Laurent tie . dapper menswear
vintage YSL necktie . high fashion Yves Saint Laurent tie . dapper menswear
DOTTO
$40.00 USD
black bodycon Express mini dress . 1990s simple strappy stretch frock .extra small.small.xs
black bodycon Express mini dress . 1990s simple strappy stretch frock .extra small.small.xs
DOTTO
$17.00 USD
pastel kid Yosemite Falls tee . national park tourist camping shirt .youth medium .sale s a l e
pastel kid Yosemite Falls tee . national park tourist camping shirt .youth medium .sale s a l e
DOTTO
$10.00 USD
scalloped lace 1970s maxi slip . salmon pink lingerie night gown .medium
scalloped lace 1970s maxi slip . salmon pink lingerie night gown .medium
DOTTO
$17.00 USD
1950s knit cardigan with HEART BUTTONS . mid century sweater .extra small.small.xs
1950s knit cardigan with HEART BUTTONS . mid century sweater .extra small.small.xs
DOTTO
$47.00 USD
yellow April Oneil dress . 1980s teenage mutant ninja turtle reporter wear  .medium.large
yellow April Oneil dress . 1980s teenage mutant ninja turtle reporter wear .medium.large
DOTTO
$37.00 USD
black knit Chanel sweater . preppy vintage high fashion pulllover .medium.large .donate good cause
black knit Chanel sweater . preppy vintage high fashion pulllover .medium.large .donate good cause
DOTTO
$47.00 USD
hand tooled boho leather cocker spaniel purse . puppy dog acorn oak handbag
hand tooled boho leather cocker spaniel purse . puppy dog acorn oak handbag
DOTTO
$87.00 USD
midnight blue black beaded blouse . leaf vine sparkle top .medium.large .sale s a l e
midnight blue black beaded blouse . leaf vine sparkle top .medium.large .sale s a l e
DOTTO
$10.00 USD
cat duck heart sheep tulip sweater . novelty kitsch knit jumper .medium.large
cat duck heart sheep tulip sweater . novelty kitsch knit jumper .medium.large
DOTTO
$27.00 USD
electric blue disco mini dress . sequin epaulets .batwing sleeves .small.medium
electric blue disco mini dress . sequin epaulets .batwing sleeves .small.medium
DOTTO
$20.00 USD
2 in 1 reversible wrap skirt . sheep on one side . kelly green on the other .small.medium
2 in 1 reversible wrap skirt . sheep on one side . kelly green on the other .small.medium
DOTTO
$37.00 USD
dainty scallop collar blouse . green embroidered 1950s shirt .small.medium
dainty scallop collar blouse . green embroidered 1950s shirt .small.medium
DOTTO
$30.00 USD
1960s pastel knit cardigan . aqua blue striped sweater . hand knit by Gladys .extra small.small.xs
1960s pastel knit cardigan . aqua blue striped sweater . hand knit by Gladys .extra small.small.xs
DOTTO
$17.00 USD
1970 retro hostess apron skirt . bright floor length maxi .small.medium.large
1970 retro hostess apron skirt . bright floor length maxi .small.medium.large
DOTTO
$15.00 USD
high waist 1990s jeans . baggy hip tapered leg denim . mom fit .medium.large
high waist 1990s jeans . baggy hip tapered leg denim . mom fit .medium.large
DOTTO
$15.00 USD
love heart 1970s Malia dress . black bouquet summer frock .small
love heart 1970s Malia dress . black bouquet summer frock .small
DOTTO
$47.00 USD
mod plastic picnic ball caddy . 1970 Ingrid Chicago plates bowls cups set . rainbow colors
mod plastic picnic ball caddy . 1970 Ingrid Chicago plates bowls cups set . rainbow colors
DOTTO
$20.00 USD
black magic sequin leaf gown . razzle dazzle morticia vampira dress .medium.large
black magic sequin leaf gown . razzle dazzle morticia vampira dress .medium.large
DOTTO
$57.00 USD
faux fur striped skunk coat . thick fancy lady hooker jacket .medium
faux fur striped skunk coat . thick fancy lady hooker jacket .medium
DOTTO
$47.00 USD
pastel aqua mid century full slip . tiffany blue lace lingerie dress .small
pastel aqua mid century full slip . tiffany blue lace lingerie dress .small
DOTTO
$15.00 USD
1960s navy knit long sleeve blouse . beatnik secretary turtleneck sweater top .small.medium
1960s navy knit long sleeve blouse . beatnik secretary turtleneck sweater top .small.medium
DOTTO
$20.00 USD
large leather satchel bag . handsome crossbody tote purse attache
large leather satchel bag . handsome crossbody tote purse attache
DOTTO
$57.00 USD
Louis Feraud polka dot suit blazer . Dont Tell Mom The Babysitters Dead jacket .medium.large
Louis Feraud polka dot suit blazer . Dont Tell Mom The Babysitters Dead jacket .medium.large
DOTTO
$87.00 USD
purple ruffle sequin leotard . dance costume . violet circus performer outfit .small.medium
purple ruffle sequin leotard . dance costume . violet circus performer outfit .small.medium
DOTTO
$37.00 USD
royal dolton toby jug mini mug set . old charley parson brown charles dickens
royal dolton toby jug mini mug set . old charley parson brown charles dickens
DOTTO
$70.00 USD
brahmin doctor bag . vintage black leather handbag
brahmin doctor bag . vintage black leather handbag
DOTTO
$67.00 USD
vintage North Carolina sweater clip . 1960s charm chain state pendant jewelry .sale
vintage North Carolina sweater clip . 1960s charm chain state pendant jewelry .sale
DOTTO
$17.00 USD
1962 Agfa Optima film camera and hard leather case . Agnar booklet flash bulb set .sale
1962 Agfa Optima film camera and hard leather case . Agnar booklet flash bulb set .sale
DOTTO
$47.00 USD
miniature Li'l Fridge refrigerator office supply set . rare pastel pink freezer school supplies .sale
miniature Li'l Fridge refrigerator office supply set . rare pastel pink freezer school supplies .sale
DOTTO
$62.00 USD
high waist 1960 floral shorts . purple sweet pea summer tap pants .extra small.xs .sale
high waist 1960 floral shorts . purple sweet pea summer tap pants .extra small.xs .sale
DOTTO
$37.00 USD
mid century russian doll brooch pin . tiny miniature wooden nesting dolls accessory .sale
mid century russian doll brooch pin . tiny miniature wooden nesting dolls accessory .sale
DOTTO
$27.00 USD
still looking for junk . 1969 vintage collector dream book . gift for hoarder .sale
still looking for junk . 1969 vintage collector dream book . gift for hoarder .sale
DOTTO
$17.00 USD
cowboy ranch hand belt . genuine leather . western metal gun buckle .small.medium .sale
cowboy ranch hand belt . genuine leather . western metal gun buckle .small.medium .sale
DOTTO
$20.00 USD
vintage 1960s glass piggy bank . for my cadillac savings
vintage 1960s glass piggy bank . for my cadillac savings
DOTTO
$27.00 USD
proper school teacher shirtdress . pleated wool skirt . two tone dress .medium.large
proper school teacher shirtdress . pleated wool skirt . two tone dress .medium.large
DOTTO
$15.00 USD
feather plume 90s lace shirt . sheer illusion brown blue blouse .small.medium
feather plume 90s lace shirt . sheer illusion brown blue blouse .small.medium
DOTTO
$17.00 USD
howl at the moon Yellowstone sweatshirt . wolf moose creek national park jumper .small.medium
howl at the moon Yellowstone sweatshirt . wolf moose creek national park jumper .small.medium
DOTTO
$20.00 USD
faux snakeskin reptile pants . 90s sparkle boa constrictor trousers .medium
faux snakeskin reptile pants . 90s sparkle boa constrictor trousers .medium
DOTTO
$17.00 USD
preppy tartan plaid wool skirt . traditional purple charcoal gray print .medium
preppy tartan plaid wool skirt . traditional purple charcoal gray print .medium
DOTTO
$17.00 USD
mod coral lace lingerie set . sheer peach matching 3 piece outfit .extra small.small.xs
mod coral lace lingerie set . sheer peach matching 3 piece outfit .extra small.small.xs
DOTTO
$47.00 USD
black tie neck knit tank top . boxy convertible 1990s secretary blouse .small
black tie neck knit tank top . boxy convertible 1990s secretary blouse .small
DOTTO
$17.00 USD
sheer silk ruffle secretary blouse . large floral print pattern top .medium
sheer silk ruffle secretary blouse . large floral print pattern top .medium
DOTTO
$20.00 USD
snakeskin leather 1980s shoulder purse . red brown Palizzio handbag
snakeskin leather 1980s shoulder purse . red brown Palizzio handbag
DOTTO
$17.00 USD
mod leaf print blouse . tiny peter pan collar . handmade vintage tan top .small.medium
mod leaf print blouse . tiny peter pan collar . handmade vintage tan top .small.medium
DOTTO
$27.00 USD
teddy bear AMERICA sweater . patriotic red white blue fourth of july picnic wear .large.extra large.xl
teddy bear AMERICA sweater . patriotic red white blue fourth of july picnic wear .large.extra large.xl
DOTTO
$47.00 USD
giant panda bear knit sweater . red wildlife animal jumper pullover .large.extra large.xl
giant panda bear knit sweater . red wildlife animal jumper pullover .large.extra large.xl
DOTTO
$27.00 USD
MEGA 1980s jean jacket . light blue denim Lizwear . oversized coat .medium.large.extra large.xl
MEGA 1980s jean jacket . light blue denim Lizwear . oversized coat .medium.large.extra large.xl
DOTTO
$70.00 USD
teal knit Pendleton tank top . green blue sleeveless blouse .medium .sale s a l e
teal knit Pendleton tank top . green blue sleeveless blouse .medium .sale s a l e
DOTTO
$10.00 USD
faux fur trimmed sweater . very fancy lady wear . long sleeve black knit top .medium
faux fur trimmed sweater . very fancy lady wear . long sleeve black knit top .medium
DOTTO
$17.00 USD

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