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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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large leather satchel bag . handsome crossbody tote purse attache
large leather satchel bag . handsome crossbody tote purse attache
DOTTO
$57.00 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
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
Louis Feraud polka dot suit blazer . Dont Tell Mom The Babysitters Dead jacket .medium.large .sale
Louis Feraud polka dot suit blazer . Dont Tell Mom The Babysitters Dead jacket .medium.large .sale
DOTTO
$77.00 USD
1970s floral 3 piece outfit . colorful hippie chic blouse skirt and sash set .small.medium .sale
1970s floral 3 piece outfit . colorful hippie chic blouse skirt and sash set .small.medium .sale
DOTTO
$40.00 USD
sheer silk ruffle secretary blouse . large floral print pattern top .medium .sale s a l e
sheer silk ruffle secretary blouse . large floral print pattern top .medium .sale s a l e
DOTTO
$20.00 USD
snakeskin leather 1980s shoulder purse . red brown Palizzio handbag .sale s a l e
snakeskin leather 1980s shoulder purse . red brown Palizzio handbag .sale s a l e
DOTTO
$20.00 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 .sale
teddy bear AMERICA sweater . patriotic red white blue fourth of july picnic wear .large.extra large.xl .sale
DOTTO
$40.00 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
$30.00 USD
MEGA 1980s jean jacket . light blue denim Lizwear . oversized coat .medium.large.extra large.xl .sale
MEGA 1980s jean jacket . light blue denim Lizwear . oversized coat .medium.large.extra large.xl .sale
DOTTO
$57.00 USD
ruffle trim petal pink blouse . button front pastel flannel shirt .small.medium .sale s a l e
ruffle trim petal pink blouse . button front pastel flannel shirt .small.medium .sale s a l e
DOTTO
$17.00 USD
ivory silk peter pan collar blouse . pale pintucked preppy top .small.medium .sale s a l e
ivory silk peter pan collar blouse . pale pintucked preppy top .small.medium .sale s a l e
DOTTO
$20.00 USD
art deco esque rhinestone necklace . silver sparkle costume jewelry .sale s a l e
art deco esque rhinestone necklace . silver sparkle costume jewelry .sale s a l e
DOTTO
$17.00 USD
beige plaid German uniform dress . 1960s Euro mini scooter overall jumper .small
beige plaid German uniform dress . 1960s Euro mini scooter overall jumper .small
DOTTO
$47.00 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
$15.00 USD
faux fur trimmed sweater . very fancy lady wear . long sleeve black knit top .medium .sale s a l e
faux fur trimmed sweater . very fancy lady wear . long sleeve black knit top .medium .sale s a l e
DOTTO
$20.00 USD
green fairy poison ivy embroidered gown . pastel bridal costume gown .small .donate good cause
green fairy poison ivy embroidered gown . pastel bridal costume gown .small .donate good cause
DOTTO
$67.00 USD
1970s french airline stewardess top . come fly the friendly skies . parisian blouse .medium .sale s a l e
1970s french airline stewardess top . come fly the friendly skies . parisian blouse .medium .sale s a l e
DOTTO
$17.00 USD
dainty flower knit cardigan . mid century style bow tie sweater .small.medium
dainty flower knit cardigan . mid century style bow tie sweater .small.medium
DOTTO
$37.00 USD
red velvet 1960s christmas dress . holiday cocktail party present with bow .extra small.xs .sale
red velvet 1960s christmas dress . holiday cocktail party present with bow .extra small.xs .sale
DOTTO
$57.00 USD
90s Betsey Johnson sweater . black fuzzy angora knit . scoop neck top .medium
90s Betsey Johnson sweater . black fuzzy angora knit . scoop neck top .medium
DOTTO
$30.00 USD
blue velvet mid century box purse . rare 1960s plush handbag . gold metal hardware
blue velvet mid century box purse . rare 1960s plush handbag . gold metal hardware
DOTTO
$37.00 USD
classic 1990s black overall dress . versatile little black maxi frock .small.medium
classic 1990s black overall dress . versatile little black maxi frock .small.medium
DOTTO
$30.00 USD
white christmas sweater . winter farm scene knit jumper . snow trees mountains .medium
white christmas sweater . winter farm scene knit jumper . snow trees mountains .medium
DOTTO
$27.00 USD
beige knit bow tie cardigan . vintage ribbon neck sweater .small.medium
beige knit bow tie cardigan . vintage ribbon neck sweater .small.medium
DOTTO
$40.00 USD
knit stallion horse equestrian sweater . 1990s lucky horseshoe jumper .medium .donate good cause
knit stallion horse equestrian sweater . 1990s lucky horseshoe jumper .medium .donate good cause
DOTTO
$27.00 USD
vintage blush pink lace slip robe set . 1980s nightgown and matching peignoir .medium
vintage blush pink lace slip robe set . 1980s nightgown and matching peignoir .medium
DOTTO
$27.00 USD
Le Coq Sportif jacket . 1980s athletic varsity sportsman coat .mens small.womens medium
Le Coq Sportif jacket . 1980s athletic varsity sportsman coat .mens small.womens medium
DOTTO
$57.00 USD
dapper plaid hunting coat . toggle button hip length jacket .medium.large
dapper plaid hunting coat . toggle button hip length jacket .medium.large
DOTTO
$47.00 USD
gold metal clothes hangers . heavy duty aluminum closet organizers . set of two .sale s a l e
gold metal clothes hangers . heavy duty aluminum closet organizers . set of two .sale s a l e
DOTTO
$17.00 USD
neon tropical island floral swimsuit . 1980s 1 pc beach babe bathing suit .medium .sale s a l e
neon tropical island floral swimsuit . 1980s 1 pc beach babe bathing suit .medium .sale s a l e
DOTTO
$20.00 USD
orange red silk blouse . paper thin vintage button down shirt .large .sale s a l e
orange red silk blouse . paper thin vintage button down shirt .large .sale s a l e
DOTTO
$20.00 USD
1960s taupe knit ESCADA cardigan . bow tie ribbon detailed sweater .medium.large .sale
1960s taupe knit ESCADA cardigan . bow tie ribbon detailed sweater .medium.large .sale
DOTTO
$50.00 USD
1990s sheer cheetah print blouse . leopard wild cat button down shirt .small.medium .sale s a l e
1990s sheer cheetah print blouse . leopard wild cat button down shirt .small.medium .sale s a l e
DOTTO
$17.00 USD
1990s black shift dress with rose ribbon trim . little black frock .small.medium .sale s a l e
1990s black shift dress with rose ribbon trim . little black frock .small.medium .sale s a l e
DOTTO
$20.00 USD
mid century rhinestone costume jewelry lot . silver brooch necklace set of three
mid century rhinestone costume jewelry lot . silver brooch necklace set of three
DOTTO
$30.00 USD
novelty SHOPPING print blouse . purse handbag shopoholic dream wear .large.extra large .sale s a l e
novelty SHOPPING print blouse . purse handbag shopoholic dream wear .large.extra large .sale s a l e
DOTTO
$20.00 USD
vintage black tie strapless Ralph Lauren gown . formal beaded evening dress .medium
vintage black tie strapless Ralph Lauren gown . formal beaded evening dress .medium
DOTTO
$57.00 USD
80s boss lady 2pc suit . olive green blazer and trouser pant outfit .medium
80s boss lady 2pc suit . olive green blazer and trouser pant outfit .medium
DOTTO
$37.00 USD
mid century novelty print blouse . kitsch tiny people pattern top .medium.large
mid century novelty print blouse . kitsch tiny people pattern top .medium.large
DOTTO
$37.00 USD
Tri Palm Country Club knit sweater . vintage Andreno Argenti pullover .small.medium .sale s a l e
Tri Palm Country Club knit sweater . vintage Andreno Argenti pullover .small.medium .sale s a l e
DOTTO
$20.00 USD
mid century bulky knit sweater . golden yellow purple jumper .medium.large .sale s a l e
mid century bulky knit sweater . golden yellow purple jumper .medium.large .sale s a l e
DOTTO
$20.00 USD
pastel watercolor slip dress . sheer 1980s dream nightgown .small.medium .sale s a l e
pastel watercolor slip dress . sheer 1980s dream nightgown .small.medium .sale s a l e
DOTTO
$20.00 USD
botanical leaf drawing dress . monochrome print 80s frock .medium
botanical leaf drawing dress . monochrome print 80s frock .medium
DOTTO
$27.00 USD
high waist red vintage shorts . 1980s cuffed pleated bermuda trouser .small.medium .sale s a l e
high waist red vintage shorts . 1980s cuffed pleated bermuda trouser .small.medium .sale s a l e
DOTTO
$15.00 USD
rare Girl Scouts sweater clip . 1960s vintage clover charm chain cardigan pin
rare Girl Scouts sweater clip . 1960s vintage clover charm chain cardigan pin
DOTTO
$27.00 USD
smooth eel leather purse . 1980s red brown shoulder bag clutch .sale s a l e
smooth eel leather purse . 1980s red brown shoulder bag clutch .sale s a l e
DOTTO
$17.00 USD
Rampage little black dress with sequin straps . salsa tango cha cha cha gown .medium
Rampage little black dress with sequin straps . salsa tango cha cha cha gown .medium
DOTTO
$27.00 USD
classic tartan plaid mini skirt . traditional school girl uniform .small .sale s a l e
classic tartan plaid mini skirt . traditional school girl uniform .small .sale s a l e
DOTTO
$17.00 USD
plaid ruffle sweetheart day dress . 1980s princess unicorn pink and purple .medium
plaid ruffle sweetheart day dress . 1980s princess unicorn pink and purple .medium
DOTTO
$37.00 USD
1995 Sea of Cortez tank top . Mexico Cruisers Race Week shirt .mens medium
1995 Sea of Cortez tank top . Mexico Cruisers Race Week shirt .mens medium
DOTTO
$27.00 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
$57.00 USD
1980s dazzle dazzle beaded belt . black bronze sparkle cummerbund .large.extra large .sale s a l e
1980s dazzle dazzle beaded belt . black bronze sparkle cummerbund .large.extra large .sale s a l e
DOTTO
$15.00 USD
red plaid country western cowboy shirt . outdoorsy farm barn button up blouse .medium .sale s a l e
red plaid country western cowboy shirt . outdoorsy farm barn button up blouse .medium .sale s a l e
DOTTO
$20.00 USD
woven straw asian hat . 1970s scalloped tulip flower petal headwear .sale s a l e
woven straw asian hat . 1970s scalloped tulip flower petal headwear .sale s a l e
DOTTO
$17.00 USD
classic tartan plaid mini skirt . traditional school girl uniform .small.medium .sale s a l e
classic tartan plaid mini skirt . traditional school girl uniform .small.medium .sale s a l e
DOTTO
$17.00 USD
red silk boxy blouse top . classic 1980s short sleeve shirt .medium.large .sale s a l e
red silk boxy blouse top . classic 1980s short sleeve shirt .medium.large .sale s a l e
DOTTO
$15.00 USD
1970s pirate booty ruffle blouse . real deal lace crochet ivory bow tie top .large
1970s pirate booty ruffle blouse . real deal lace crochet ivory bow tie top .large
DOTTO
$30.00 USD
rainbow blues high neck blouse . purple teal green secretary shirt .small.medium .sale s a l e
rainbow blues high neck blouse . purple teal green secretary shirt .small.medium .sale s a l e
DOTTO
$20.00 USD

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