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Featured Shop: Gallivanting Girls

Mar 6, 2017

by Julie Vadnal

If you were to dream up the ultimate yard sale spirit guide, Brooklyn-based collector Kalyn McCutcheon would probably be it. “I have a rule,” she says of her scrap pile adventures. “If I’ve never seen anything like it before, I buy it.” She’s applied this edict to countless items: a brass pheasant-shaped lamp, a funky wire chair resembling a daisy, and even cactus salt and pepper shakers.

These unique items—plus hundreds more—eventually find their way into her shop, Gallivanting Girls, where Kalyn proudly displays all her vintage finds. “I’ve always been a scavenger,” she says. “When I got my license at 16, I would drag my girlfriends to yard sales with me. They were like, ‘Here she goes again!’ I like finding things and repurposing them for a new life.”

Before her hobby turned into her day job, Kalyn worked as a graphic designer for glossy magazines. In 2012, with her 600-square-foot apartment bursting at the seams with one-of-a-kind finds, she quit her day job to focus on what makes her happy. Speaking of happy: “If something makes me smile right away, I always buy it, no matter how silly it might seem,” says Kalyn of her second guiding rule. “If someone comes into your space, I believe they should leave with a little twinkle in their eye.”

Read on to learn more about Kalyn’s unique aesthetic and home decor tips, and shop the Gallivanting Girls collection

Is everything in your shop vintage?

The majority definitely is. I generally try to keep things as I find them, but if I’m inspired by a piece, I’ll totally take on a reupholstery or painting project. I just found this old army cot, and I happened to have a runner that was almost the perfect size, so I replaced the cot fabric with the rug and now it’s a daybed. It’s really cute!

When you think about your design aesthetic, is there certain era that you’re drawn to?

Probably mid-century modern, like everyone else, but I think it’s super important not to let your space reflect just one era because then it starts to look dated. The cool lines of mid-century pieces work well with crazy, over-the-top pieces—I find that super mod-poppy ’60s and ’70s vintage is amazing for those statement makers. I’m super into the ’70s right now—the brass, the velvet, and all that great stuff. The ’60s and ’70s are my main jam.

So what’s your best haggling trick?

Honestly, I’m not the greatest haggler! I have a bunch of people that I buy from regularly, and as long as someone’s asking a fair price, I’ll generally pay it. I definitely know the value of things, so I won’t overpay, but if someone’s asking a fair price, I normally don’t mind.

Do you ever hit a point where you feel surrounded by too much stuff?

People think I’m a hoarder because I buy so much stuff and they always see me with my car filled up, but I would almost call myself a minimalist. I don’t keep many things at all—I couldn’t even tell you how many pieces I say goodbye to in a week.

Is there any piece that you intended on selling but kept for yourself because you couldn’t part with it?

Oh gosh, I have a handful. I find a lot of amazing pieces of art that I don’t have enough wall space for, but I can’t bring myself to sell. They’re just so good. I have this whole vintage bookplate set of the moon phases, and I have this amazing vintage poster from the ’60s done by a famous graphic designer that I got for, like, a dollar. I also have some really cool maps. The art is the hardest to pass along because you know that it’s one of a kind. Art is what really gets me—it’s the only thing I really do hoard.

The name of your shop is perfect. How did you come up with it?

I’m always just sort of  gallivanting around—there’s constantly some sort of adventure to be had. I’m carefree, and I’m very much a “yes” person. I’ll be rummaging around in a scrap pile and someone will ask me, “Do you want to see this big brass pot in my truck?” And I’ll be like, “Sure!” And that will lead to something else.

Is there a typical woman or style icon who you envision perusing your shop?

When I first started, I was super inspired by the interior designer Emily Henderson. She’s kind of funky and there’s a little bit of humor and whimsy in her designs. I have a cat planter in my shop right now, and normally I would think it was super silly or whatever, but you know what? It makes me smile. You can’t be too serious about your home because that makes it stressful. Things are always changing and evolving in the design world, so you don’t want to get too worked up about a coffee table when in a few years you might have a new one.

What are your goals for the future of your shop?

I have a handful of items I’ve found over the years that were really well designed or just super fun. It’s this little stash that I’ve been wanting to look into putting my own spin on, and then creating a small line. This year, that’s what I’m going to focus on.

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Photographs courtesy of Gallivanting Girls.

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  • PrimCountryCurtains

    Francine from HomespunHeartofMine said 4 years ago

    Great story Kalyn!!! LOVE the vintage typewriters! Congratulations on the feature and many blessings for your continued success!!! :D

  • gilliannorthcott

    Gillian Northcott from esanivintage said 4 years ago

    LOVE everything. I am a graphic designer too. I have an Etsy shop selling logos, but I have started anther one selling vintage jewellery and clothing. It gives me hours of enjoyment. Best wishes. Gillian. ESANI Vintage.

  • JewelMeShop

    Georgia from JewelMeShop said 4 years ago

    I love your shop, your home decoration items are fantastic! Congrats on the feature!

  • SimpleThymePrims

    ronda Tedder from simplethymeprims said 4 years ago

    Wonderful story Kalyn, best wishes for continued success!

  • solomia7

    Monika Moroz from NickoArts said 4 years ago

    What a wonderful shop. Congratulations on the feature. I wish you All the Best :)

  • MegansMenagerie

    Megan from MegansMenagerie said 4 years ago

    Beautiful shop! Congratulations on the feature!

  • ThreeBarDGifts

    Monica from ThreeBarDGifts said 4 years ago

    Great collection of vintage finds! I love flea markets and finding unique pieces. It must be difficult to let so many pieces go! Congrats on the feature and best wishes!

  • DivineOrders

    DivineOrders from DivineOrders said 4 years ago

    GLORIOUS! Congrats on the feature. HOORAY for VINTAGE! Thank you Kalyn for sharing your funky care-free life, fantastic finds, and lovely energy with us. - Peace.

  • mascollected

    Carol from MasCollected said 4 years ago

    Having this opportunity to read this post has truly recharged me. Beautiful photos of wonderful finds...Thank you Kaylyn for sharing your story and thank you Julie for writing. You have both inspired to do more gallivanting and less dilly-dallying today. Best wishes in your next endeavors.

  • GiveaGadget

    Rita from OnceLostBoutique said 4 years ago

    Beautiful story... and of course gorgeous dog!

  • HabitNationUSA

    Rebecca and Daniel from HabitNationUSA said 4 years ago

    Treasure hunting is so fun and I love that you've turned your passion into your work. It's always a blast when you can find something remarkable for very little money. There are a few things that I'm still excited about, treasures that I found at estate sales for very little such as my large owl painting that overlooks our homeschool books, my vintage metal breadbox that I use in my computer room for printer paper and other office supplies... oh, and my small yellow Roseville pitcher that holds our kitchen knives that I scored for only a quarter. So fun!

  • RandMhandmade

    Renee from RandMhandmade said 4 years ago

    Beautiful shop!

  • pillowlink

    Rosita from pillowlink said 4 years ago

    Colors... so many colors surrounds you! Perfect creative space for work. Congrats on feature!

  • rellyh

    Relly from RelsFindsNapaValley said 4 years ago

    I love your vintage items, they are amazing. Congratulations on following your passion... way to go lady!

  • Halfsquares

    Austeja Square from HalfSquares said 4 years ago

    Very beautiful shop! Congrats on the feature!

  • ClassicMemories

    ClassicMemories from ClassicMemories said 4 years ago

    Great vintage shop. So much to see. Congrats on the feature.

  • Kashuen

    Kashuen Collectibles from Kashuen said 4 years ago

    The shop is so beautiful. I can imagine that you have a handful of stuffs that you do not want to sell. Congratulations on the feature.

  • amysfunkyfibers

    Amy Gunderson from amysfunkyfibers said 4 years ago

    Fun! I just love all of your crazy stuff! My best friend and I used to go up and down the alleys on trash night when we were kids. We would drag all kinds of stuff home with us. We still stop at the roadside and random garage sales when we are out together and we are 53 now. The best to you and your success! Have fun treasure hunting!

  • kgarrett1966

    R.M Garrett from ArtisticAcrylics said 4 years ago

    You have a beautiful artistic eye, which shows in how you put your unique finds together. The way you display your collections seem like little different places on earth I want to escape to! Beautiful, peaceful, and unique. Congratulations on your feature, and I wish you continued success!

  • janeberling

    Jane from MadeByJaneDesign said 4 years ago

    Awesome collections and aesthetic! Love the ceiling fixture and print (on the left) in your cute desk area. Continued good luck to you and Gallivanting Girls!

  • jacobswoodentoys

    Tim and Brigita Cornwell from jacobswoodentoys said 4 years ago

    Great shop! Congrats on the feature and best of luck to you in the future.

  • bonesbags

    viena bone from bonesreusablebags said 4 years ago

    Your shop and style is so fun. Your collection is so cool - it doesn't look outdated, even though the pieces are from different eras! Congrats on the feature. I love your style ; )

  • MidModMomStore

    Beatriz Macias from MidModMomStore said 4 years ago

    Congratulations on the feature! So happy to see a fellow vintage seller in the spotlight. I have been a follower of your store for as long as I can remember, I really like your style! Good luck with your future project.

  • ButterflyFeetShop

    Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital said 4 years ago

    Great story, congrats on the feature!

  • AdoreSerene

    Serene from Gallery329 said 4 years ago

    You are amazing!

  • msbijouxbeads

    Cathy from msbijouxbeads said 4 years ago

    Fun shop! It would be so hard to part with some of those treasures, congratulations on the feature

  • TropicalGarden

    TropicalGarden from TropicalGarden said 4 years ago

    Wonderful shop! Congratulations on the feature:)

  • GTDesigns

    renee and gerardo from GTDesigns said 4 years ago all the vintage beauty in this shop!! Gorgeous, fun, eclectic!! Congrats on the feature!

  • vintagenowandthen

    vintagenowandthen from vintagenowandthen said 4 years ago

    It's so nice to see a fabulous vintage shop getting featured! Congrats to you Kalyn!

  • thewildplum

    Christina from TheWildPlum said 4 years ago

    Kaylin's shop has been a favorite of mine for a long time. Great feature!!!! Congratulations! P.S. Art owns me, too. And I wouldn't have it any other way.

  • rhondastubbs2

    Rhonda Stubbs from RhondaCorner said 4 years ago

    What a great story and I love what you do. I did it for years and never even dreamed of selling what I had. Thank you for sharing and keep searching for that one of a kind!

  • Seraph25

    Vadim Moroz from IconPainter said 4 years ago

    Congratulations on the feature of your vintage store!

  • Palooza

    Zalooza from Zalooza said 4 years ago

    Beautiful inspiring shop and wonderful vintage finds! Made me "smile" this rainy morning looking at your shop (love the rugs)! Best wishes to you, continue fun and congrats on the feature!

  • hdobson11

    hattie dobson said 4 years ago

    Looks like a lot of fun. I wish I could go gallivanting with you. I have been "thrifting" since I was a child. My grandmother and mother frequented the thrift stores, vintage shops, and flea markets on an almost daily basis. When I get time, I thoroughly enjoy doing the same thing looking for unique finds. Its funny how shopping at second hand stores was looked down on in previous years and is now the a trendy thing to do. Congrats and good luck.

  • foofoogal54

    foofoogal54 from GracefulVtgClothing said 4 years ago

    Vintage lover that loves other lovers of vintage. Thank you for preserving the past and passing on your treasured finds. Cool macrame hanging. I used to do that eons ago. Congratulations to you and your shop. foo

  • wendyJ86

    Wendy from DrevanM said 4 years ago

    Awesome shop Kalyn. I'm with Fancine the vintage typewriters are probably my faves. Especially the blue ones. Congrats on the feature! Isn't it great to be able to do something that you enjoy :-)

  • husbandfatherfriend

    Michael Robinson from CarvedAccessories said 4 years ago

    The patterns in your rugs are awesome.

  • hakohako

    Paul LaBerge from HakoHako said 4 years ago

    Nice collection. Congrats on the feature!

  • mbstrome

    Mary from MidCenturyMary said 4 years ago

    Congratulations on your well-deserved etsy feature! Your shop is absolutely stunning. Best wishes for continued success.

  • LadyInPurple

    Jennifer Tyson from UrbanDesertNM said 4 years ago

    I enjoyed reading your story Kalyn! Your shop is amazing and reminds me of my mom who used to buy vintage items that made her smile, but somehow ended up looking like it was all meant to be together. Congrats on the feature and to your continued success!

  • bedouin

    Nicole from KarmaCodeOne said 4 years ago

    Great feature ~ Fun shop ! The vast land of vintage is wild. Cheers to much continued success :)

  • TreasuredMemoryLane

    Sujata from TreasuredMemoryLane said 4 years ago

    Wonderful vintage finds! Congratulations on the feature!

  • VintageDepartment

    Sharon from VintageDeptStore said 4 years ago

    Very Cool! Vintage Rules! Congrats!

  • YearsAfter

    Sharon from YearsAfter said 4 years ago

    Wonderful Whimsical Eclectic Mix of Vintage Finds! That sofa is super flamboyant. A Designers Dream. Congrats on the feature! Great job!

  • artkarelia

    Art Karelia from ArtKareliaBeads said 4 years ago

    Very interesting) Keep it up!

  • petalalley

    Laura from PetalAlley said 4 years ago

    Love your shop Kalyn! I especially love the picture of your wall. Even though it's full, the color scheme is great and it doesn't look overcrowded. I wish I had the knack for that!

  • Akweleydesign

    Rita Agyemang from Akweleydesign said 4 years ago

    I love your style and your house! Congratulations on the feature !!

  • paulathompson579

    Paula Bengtsson from PreciousPearlNatural said 4 years ago

    It's the best when you can have your passion as your career! Much continued success to you. Your shop is definitely one of a kind in a beautiful way.

  • SouvenirAndSalvage

    Mary Jo and Rachael from SouvenirAndSalvage said 4 years ago

    Wonderful story and love your eclectic selection of items. Your home and shop are lively and lovely! Congrats on the feature and best of luck to you in all your future endeavors.

  • theartofobservation

    Marianne from theartofobservation said 4 years ago

    I bought a Scandinavian wall hanging from you years ago and it's one of my favorite things. Great interview! Congratulations on your success.

  • ybessels

    Yvette Bessels from 1000CrowsVintage said 4 years ago

    Loving the shop, and the story :-D What a great feature - congrats!

  • umeone

    Linda Sapp Long from umeone said 4 years ago

    I love seeing the younger generation interested in vintage finds! Wishing Gallivanting Girls continued success.

  • dominna

    Katrina Dzerkale from Dominna said 4 years ago

    This is such a inspiring story.

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage from accentonvintage said 4 years ago

    Great article! Congrats!

  • BellaTAZ

    bella TAZ from bellaTAZ said 4 years ago

    I like your furry girl. Ellis looks like a faithful friend and helper. Woof, woof, wag, wag.

  • prettyhappygirl

    Gillian Silver from PrettyHappyVintage said 4 years ago

    Very inspiring shop and article - I love your aesthetic, Kalyn! And as an Etsy vintage seller myself it's wonderful to see vintage featured on the blog - thank you!

  • kchildress1990

    Kelsey Childress from Diamondstatedesigns said 4 years ago

    Love this! Love the story!

  • humblebeeapparel

    Humblebee Apparel from HumblebeeApparel said 4 years ago

    I am in love with your shop 😍🐝 very cool name too!

  • sandraka1

    Sandra Ankleknits from Ankleknits said 4 years ago

    Your shop is adorable! Congratulations!

  • HandmadeTrend

    VT from HandmadeTrend said 4 years ago

    Love your story and your decorations. Congrats on your feature.

  • 1StopSteampunkShoppe

    One Stop Steampunk Shoppe from OneStopSteamShoppe said 4 years ago

    Great shop! Congrats on the feature! : )

  • BelkaUA

    Olesya Bagriy from BelkaUA said 4 years ago

    Very nice shop! Congratulations on the feature!

  • emaxtees

    emaxtees from EmaxTees said 4 years ago

    Congrats on your feature :) Nice work

  • fela1

    be Woolen from beWoolen said 4 years ago

    I love your shop. Inspirational. Keep it up!

  • echomary

    echomary said 4 years ago

    Gallivanting girls is part of my heart,the part that wishes i had continued my passion instead of doing the" normal things" that was the flip side of the sixties. Retired military father and a mother from the south. every night at the dinner table my father would ask us about school;, were we thinking of the college we were interested in which was code for what you planned to do with your life. I was the oldest so this banter fell on deaf ears of my brother and sister. It wasn't lost on me that this was all aimed at me, and in in turn my brother and sister. Their time came and went. I went to college and became what most people would consider successful; 46 years in medcine, retired now and living with a husband of 42 years who hates clutter. oh well maybe in my next life. Bless your heart and keep gallivanting forever. mary

  • shirleybalzum

    shirley balzum from shirleybalzum said 4 years ago

    I love your style and your pitt, I`m a dog person have a dobi.

  • cardhugs

    Rosemary Lambert from cardhugs said 4 years ago

    Yes! Art. Hard to pass up for me too. I like the fact you offer lots of variety. Congratulations on a shop well done!

  • bellecaprice

    Anna from bellecaprice said 4 years ago

    I love bohemian ambience of your space. It resonates with me.

  • irina15820

    Irina from MyVitraz said 4 years ago

    Сool dog!

  • jebrown319

    jebrown319 said 4 years ago

    Loved looking at your things. Love your shop and wish you well in the future. Joanne

  • alphasoup

    Cindy Dixon from BackAlleysBackRoads said 4 years ago

    Love the Moroccan rug !

  • amyedwin

    Amy from DearestFriend said 4 years ago

    Gah! What eye candy! Beautiful space and items. Love your doggee - looks a lot like my Buffy. Thank you for the inspiration!

  • bvysgqdo

    bluewine studio from bluewinestudio said 2 years ago

    What a fun and beautiful shop! Love your shop. Congrats on the feature : )

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