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Jun 27, 2012

by GoGoBerlinette

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Tell us a bit about yourself.
I am an Italian expat currently living in Berlin, Germany. I’ve lived here since 2007, and I’m still loving it a lot (I consider myself a curious person, and because of this I have moved many times in my life). I knew early on that I would never be able to put up with some boring regular job, so after graduating in museum studies, I decided to try and make a living with my own projects.

As a child, one of my favorite things to do was rummaging through my grandma’s attic — I’ve always been fascinated by objects that had been abandoned by other people. After many years of collecting as a personal passion, I decided to open Go Go Berlinette, a shop specializing in West German pottery from the 1950s-1970s and other quirky finds. I am particularly attracted by bold colors and patterns. What you see in my shop mirrors my taste. I follow my instinct when buying, and I think that Go Go Berlinette is a place for people who love to be surrounded by interesting objects with a story.

Apart from collecting and curating, what do you do?
Right now, most of my energies are focused on the vintage shop, but for the past nine years I’ve been working freelance on my handmade project, Ninon. I sew bags and little accessories under this name. My passion for collecting fabrics joined to my passion for drawing little creatures brought about “Les Monstris” – hundreds of whimsical, one-of-a-kind soft characters made out of colorful vintage fabrics that went around the world through Etsy, craft fairs and exhibitions.

My creative process needs a lot of time and freedom, and it’s not always easy to find the right mood. I am trying to find a balance between a part-time job, collecting and researching the items for Go Go Berlinette. I still have many Ninon-related projects in my head and I am curious to see how this pause I am taking from them will affect the next collection of soft sculptures.

What would be the title of your memoir?
Something like Memories of a Hoarder. Ah, just kidding. I haven’t reached that phase yet, but the act of layering objects through time has had an definite impact on my nature. Since I’ve moved many times in my life, I have dozens of cardboard boxes packed with belongings that no longer find a place in my daily life but that I find very difficult to part with.

Do you have any personal collections?
Apart from some West German vases that I keep for myself, my current ongoing collections are of hamabeads patterned trivets, rug beaters from around the world, folk textiles, kilims and vintage stuffed toys. I’ve always been particularly attracted to bold patterns and complicated textures, so I am drawn to items that are different expressions of this. I just love looking at these everyday objects and wondering about the craftsmanship that brought them to life.

What decade or style inspires you?
The 1950s and 1960s. I often feel that most of the average things that surround us today are ugly and bad quality, and I am not saying this just because I am a nostalgic person.

What are the challenges of finding great vintage?
I am lucky enough to live in a city like Berlin, which has such an interesting and dramatic history. This city is constantly changing, and so is its population. There are many different sources for vintage objects, from weekend flea markets to thrift shops. One has to develop her/his own net of information, and it takes time, knowledge and patience. Berlin’s popularity has grown so much that it’s getting more and more difficult to find good pieces – especially when it comes to West German pottery.

I tend to leave the most beaten tracks to tourists, and instead adventure in the suburbs. I don’t have a car, so all my finds get carried home in my rucksack or my “granny trolley,” using public transportation. It can be a demanding job sometimes, but the excitement of finding gems pays off!

What’s the most interesting backstory of an object you’ve acquired?
One of the most interesting objects I’ve found is a photo album of a German boy named Ralf, following his first steps in 1938 up to his teenage years. Unfortunately, I don’t know the story behind it, but there is so much history to be learned just by flipping through the pages and peeking into the daily life of an average family during the Third Reich. The normality of it all is what strikes me the most, and I can find some interesting details every time I look through it.

If you could peek inside the studio of any artist, designer or craftsman (dead or alive), who would it be?
Japanese-American artist Ruth Asawa. She had an in-home studio in San Francisco and raised her six children while keeping on with her art. I can only imagine the patience and pain it takes to crochet those beautifully shaped organic structures, and I am very fascinated by artists who use common materials in new ways. I like the idea of members of the family helping her out and growing up surrounded by the objects she created, in such a way that art became one with their daily life.

Was there an object that was particularly hard for you to give up? If so, why?
I enjoy the moment of finding so much that in many cases it is more interesting than actually owning a particular object.

What fascinates me about a vintage object is that, in most cases, it’s unique, and you never know if you’ll see that same piece ever again. Like handmade things, it’s the opposite of mass production and that’s what makes it precious. Choosing what to list in the shop and what to keep for myself can be sometimes difficult, but I want my shop to look great and be filled with treasures, so there is a little price to pay for getting that!

How do you get out of your creative ruts?
I usually need a blank slate. This can come in many forms – like buying some new fabric or taking a stroll around a neighborhood I’ve never been to before. Trying something new gives me the time and space I need to step back, allowing ideas to start rolling in again almost effortlessly.

Where would you like to be in ten years?
It’s not very often in my life that I’m focused on the present like I am today, so I am trying to get the best out of it at the moment. This makes it difficult to think about me in ten years. I am 34, and I have the feeling that the next decade will be crucial for my definition of adultness. I do hope I will still have a job that I love passionately – I feel that this influences all the other aspects of my persona.

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177 comments

  • MegansMenagerie

    Megan from MegansMenagerie said 4 years ago

    I love your shop! Beautiful work! Congrats on the FS!!!!

  • EmiliaFaith

    Edie Ann from OhHoneyHush said 4 years ago

    Love it!! Everything is sooo pretty!

  • whichgoose

    Emily Suidikas from whichgoose said 4 years ago

    Super cute shop!! Love your Etsy room, too :)

  • thetootsiewootsie

    Mariel Casperson from thetootsiewootsie said 4 years ago

    Everything look so great and beautiful!

  • elit716

    Elena from TheCraftyRascal said 4 years ago

    The little mosters are really adorable. I can relate to having a backlog of projects in my head and needing to find the time to let them come to life. Cute finds too in Go Go Berlinette

  • TheCrochetCafe

    Meg from TheCrochetCafe said 4 years ago

    So cute, congratulations!

  • VoleedeMoineaux
  • LittleFrenchShop

    Eve from MyLittleFrenchShop said 4 years ago

    MERCI :)

  • EvelynX

    Evelyn from EvelynX said 4 years ago

    Great Work, Congratulations :)

  • katielynnjewelry

    Katielynn Gadow from katielynnjewelry said 4 years ago

    I love all the color!

  • TowelsNThings

    Melodie Kirk from TowelsNThings said 4 years ago

    Very nice! Congrats on being featured!

  • rachelungerjewelry

    Rachel Unger from RachelUngerJewelry said 4 years ago

    what a beautifully curated shop you have! and your home feels cozy and full of personality. thanks for sharing!

  • BlissfullyRandom

    BlissfullyRandom from BlissfullyRandom said 4 years ago

    Congrats on the feature! I really enjoyed your interview and can definately relate!!! I love your shop, thanks for parting with so many fabulous treasures and sharing them on Etsy!! All the best for your continued success!!

  • paramountvintage

    kristin from blackmoonsky said 4 years ago

    i love your home! and your store is incredible. congrats on the interview. and thank you esty for featuring a vintage seller!!!

  • harmonieandme

    harmonieandme from harmonieandme said 4 years ago

    I love your shop! Wonderful feature!

  • CafePrimrose

    Amanda Gynther from CafePrimrose said 4 years ago

    Awesome! I find it amazing too the normality of what happened in both Germany and Austria, for the typical family. It really is incredible isn't it? I am an american expat. I hear stories quite often from my friends int he dog park. About what it was like here during the war. It truly is remarkable what comes out when you scratch the surface. Images of families during the war, is just that.... Surface. But if you scratch it even just a little.... Oh my goodness! What comes out! Thanx for sharing I really enjoy learning more about other people on Etsy.

  • pipapiep

    pipapiep from pipapiep said 4 years ago

    Love the style!

  • EnglishShop

    Eve from EnglishShop said 4 years ago

    Wundervoll !

  • sewlutionsbyamo

    sewlutionsbyamo from sewlutionsbyamo said 4 years ago

    Congratulations on the feature, your shop is so fun - lots of great finds.

  • mystichintime

    Marcy Mongelluzzo from MyStitchInTime said 4 years ago

    Love your eye for style. Congrats on the feature :)

  • FranceGallery

    France Gallery from FranceGallery said 4 years ago

    An interesting collection of items in the photographs and your shop!

  • TheThriftingMagpie

    Tracey from TheThriftingMagpie said 4 years ago

    Love your shop, home and learning about you. Thanks for sharing. ♥Tracey

  • KMalinka

    Natalia from KMalinkaVintage said 4 years ago

    Great feature!

  • RustandRose

    Angela from PrairieinBloom said 4 years ago

    Congratulations, thanks too for sharing the lovely photos of your home and workspace!

  • PeriDotbyDuni

    Duni from PeriDotbyDuni said 4 years ago

    Congratulations on your shop feature! I'm a nostalgic person too :) Fabulous items in your shop! Herzliche Grüße, Duni

  • Iammie

    iammie from iammie said 4 years ago

    Beautiful! Congrats on the feature!

  • Overdue

    Kiova Staley from joyridevintage said 4 years ago

    Your finds are playful and fun, I agree that the "moment of finding" is so delightful that letting go of objects is ok. I get equally excited when someone purchases a treasure from me that I am particularly attached to, I imagine them opening it up with a big smile on their face! Congrats on the feature!

  • jmayoriginals

    jean from jmayoriginals said 4 years ago

    wonderful interview. the photographic style in your shop is just beautiful. congrats on the feature.

  • pagepottery

    J.R. and Kristen Page from pagepottery said 4 years ago

    Love your shop! You have an eye for interesting vintage pieces :) I will be visiting often!

  • RetrofitBecky

    Becky from RetrofitStyle said 4 years ago

    Congrats on the feature! Love everything about it and your shop. Live, laugh, love!

  • eclectivist

    Kasia from Eclectivist said 4 years ago

    Well done Tania, congratulations on the feature. We speak exactly same language—I'm working very hard now to free myself from (not so boring but.. still) full time job so I can devote to what I love the most.

  • CarpetShopPrincess

    Katie Koshy from carpetshopprincess said 4 years ago

    I've never before seen a better answer to the "where do you see yourself in..." question. Definitely must file that away for future cocktail parties or interviews. There is no time like the present! Congratulations!

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage from accentonvintage said 4 years ago

    Lovely shop! Great collector! Congrats!

  • thevicagirl

    VaLon Frandsen from thevicagirl said 4 years ago

    Fun story, what great photos. I love them.

  • HolmesandWatson

    Jenni and Jessi Obloy from HolmesandWatson said 4 years ago

    Great interview and a fantastic shop! Congratulations on the feature!

  • Ambrosium

    PhaedraJean from Ambrosium said 4 years ago

    I love everything about this! So inspiring. Makes me want to live a beautiful and beauty filled life. Thank you!

  • PennyBirchWilliams

    Penny Birch-Williams from PennyBirchWilliams said 4 years ago

    I love both your shops, but especially the wonderful monsters in Ninon. I looked at your sold items to see the great creations you made...so fun and different! Wishing you continued adventures and success in art and vintage.

  • xZOUix

    Zoui from XZOUIX said 4 years ago

    wow, awesome inspiration! thank you :)

  • AlexandEmma

    Alex and Emma from AlexandEmma said 4 years ago

    I love this post! Also, where did you find your lovely dress? It's so perfect.

  • RetroRevivalBoutique

    RetroRevivalBoutique from RetroRevivalBoutique said 4 years ago

    Beautiful! (^__^)

  • katrinaalana

    Katrina Alana from KatrinaAlana said 4 years ago

    Beautiful shop! Congrats on being featured!

  • NicoleNicoletta

    NicoleNicoletta from NicoleNicoletta said 4 years ago

    great shop! congrats

  • RenataandJonathan

    Renata and Jonathan from RenataandJonathan said 4 years ago

    Great shop and inspiring story ! Congratulations :)

  • MVDesignInk

    Marilú from MVDesignInk said 4 years ago

    What a beautiful shop, love the items! Congratulations on the feature!!

  • TresChicNmodern

    TresChicNmodern from TresChicNmodern said 4 years ago

    OH WOWWWWWWW!!!!!! YOUR VASES ARE BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!! YOU'RE SOOOo TALENTED!!! CONGRATS :-)

  • anotherghostquilts

    Nancy from anotherghostquilts said 4 years ago

    Very interesting feature. Lovely shop! Good luck with your business.

  • uswatsons

    Sylvie Liv from SylvieLiv said 4 years ago

    oh how very fun your shop is! I love it!

  • Zalavintage

    Zane Saracene from Zalavintage said 4 years ago

    The lines of the tea pot and creamer jump off the page! Like you, I love rumaging through the trunks of things we've inherited from 150 years of family, finding the stories behind the purchase, the trip to Germany in the 50s, the coin on my keychain from NY worlds fair in the 30s, I recently found a photo of my mom at the fair...nothing like digging through the treasures of the past...

  • janicewd

    janicewd from janicewd said 4 years ago

    You have some great treasures from the past. Congrats to you!

  • peshka

    Peshka from Peshka said 4 years ago

    beautiful! Congrats

  • giftworldz

    Beth Robinson from giftworldz said 4 years ago

    Lovely store. What a collection!

  • JasminBlancBoutique

    Erika Iozsa from JasminBlancBoutique said 4 years ago

    you have an amazing eye for treasures :)

  • Boogiecat

    Kannis from Boogiecat said 4 years ago

    lovely shop! congrats!

  • lucysnowephotography

    Lucy Snowe from lucysnowephotography said 4 years ago

    love your taste in hoarding :) xoxo

  • perchshop

    Ali Thompson from PerchShop said 4 years ago

    great vintage is so hard to find. but when you do it is worth the trek! thanks for sharing your story!

  • blueflowervintage

    blueflowervintage from blueflowervintage said 4 years ago

    Hurray! Hurrah! I love this feature! Absolutely fantastic shop! Lovely home and charming seller!

  • 4EnvisioningVintage

    Tracy from 4EnvisioningVintage said 4 years ago

    "I enjoy the moment of finding so much that in many cases it is more interesting than actually owning a particular object." ..... so true!

  • sonyarasi

    Sonya Rasi from sonyarasi said 4 years ago

    I love your shop!

  • newtribetextiles

    newtribetextiles from newtribetextiles said 4 years ago

    The treasure hunt is everything! Beautiful collection, so happy you are sharing it with the world.

  • tippleandsnack

    Tipple and Snack from tippleandsnack said 4 years ago

    How lucky to be surrounded by all that West German pottery!

  • tushtush

    tushtush from tushtush said 4 years ago

    love you sooooooooo much Ninon!!!!!!!!!!

  • masonke

    masonke from masonke said 4 years ago

    Congratulations!

  • HuellaHuella

    Fabiola Friedman from HuellaHuella said 4 years ago

    Beautiful finds and shop! Congrats!

  • sofiatrinker

    Sofia Sanchez from Dedosen2 said 4 years ago

    Congrats on the feature!!!

  • RinnovatoVintage

    M. Basile from RinnovatoVintage said 4 years ago

    Congratulations!!... I am always extra excited to see a vintage shop featured! It is nice to show that its about more than just buying and selling. I have yet to meet a vintage enthusiast who is not also an artist of some kind or at some point in their lives. You put it well when you stated, "What fascinates me about a vintage object is that, in most cases, it’s unique, and you never know if you’ll see that same piece ever again. Like handmade things, it’s the opposite of mass production and that’s what makes it precious." You have wonderful taste and style....and great photos, too! : )

  • styleforlife

    Emily from styleforlife said 4 years ago

    BEAUTIFUL! So inspiring all around........much success! XOXO EL Vintage

  • mungoandmidge

    mungoandmidge from mungoandmidge said 4 years ago

    As a fellow vintage lover and European, Go Go Berlinette has been on my radar for a while! A wonderful shop, full of gorgeous pieces - it's a real treat to hear the story behind the shop and to see your fabulous home - what a treasure trove! I was fascinated to read how the 'moment of finding' is more interesting that the act of ownership - I absolutely agree and was recently trying to say the same thing when describing my own approach to buying vintage; you expressed so beautifully! Wishing you continued success with all your ventures! ax

  • WestAstheCrowFlies

    Kay West from WestAstheCrowFlies said 4 years ago

    Fascinating perspective, and interesting to see European vintage versus USA vintage. Your wonderful treasures of a bygone era look so fresh and colorful. Very nice!

  • mingkeming

    minkov minsky from mingkeming said 4 years ago

    Very interesting

  • NewEnglandCurio

    NewEnglandCurio from LoveSaril said 4 years ago

    I really enjoyed reading your interview! Certainly it takes a wonderful and unique personality for an individual to make their own way in the handcrafted world. Good luck in your current and future pursuits!

  • HighPointFarm2010

    HighPointFarm2010 from HighPointFarm2010 said 4 years ago

    Love your living space. Your photos are great..love the gray back ground.

  • BonTons

    BonTons from BonTons said 4 years ago

    You have a beautiful space. Thank you for sharing your story!

  • AbleAprons

    Erika Kelly from PortlandApronCompany said 4 years ago

    Oh Berlin is beautiful! I love your story, congratulations!

  • LilliansEnsembles

    Veronica Lewis from LilliansEnsembles said 4 years ago

    Gorgeous, Congratulation. You really deserve it. Inspiration for us newbies....

  • SCAVENGENIUS

    Anathalia from SCAVENGENIUS said 4 years ago

    Beautiful shop and great interview!

  • gilstrapdesigns

    Debra Gilstrap from gilstrapdesigns said 4 years ago

    I love your shop and thank you for such a good interview your interview is very inspiring.

  • cafnav

    Jun Yuasa from cafnav said 4 years ago

    i like the working space and the products!

  • modfolk

    Richelle from modfolk said 4 years ago

    very nice and thoughtful interview. love your shop!

  • modfolk

    Richelle from modfolk said 4 years ago

    nice and thoughtful interview! love your shop!

  • GoGoBerlinette

    GoGoBerlinette from GoGoBerlinette said 4 years ago

    oh Folks! I've just got home from my part time job and I feel so overwhelmed and moved by all your sweet thoughts about the interview and my shop!!! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU nice Etsyans, you are really a great bunch!!!

  • atelierpompadour

    paola from atelierpompadour said 4 years ago

    awesome!!

  • debixiyo

    Debi Christmas from debixiyo said 4 years ago

    What a nice interview. May your many ventures take you to the places you seek to go!

  • jardinsavage

    jardinsavage from JardinSavage said 4 years ago

    Nice inspiring story...crafters around the world!

  • BellaLady

    Iris O. from IOStudio said 4 years ago

    It's wonderful to learn about people through common daily objects. Very insightful article. Congrats, GoGo Berlinette!!!

  • Attic17

    Rachel Reeves from Attic17 said 4 years ago

    Thank you so much for sharing-I especially enjoyed learning about Ralf. What a treasure!

  • LaMeowVintage

    Regan from LaMeowVintage said 4 years ago

    colorful and cute shop!

  • sandcanyonjewelry

    Jane Brown from SandCanyonJewelryLLC said 4 years ago

    What a great shop and home you have! I can relate to your "granny trolley"--I often take public transportation too! Wonderful story!

  • angryhairjewelry

    Lisa from AngryHairJewelry said 4 years ago

    You have quite a talent for picking vintage treasures. Lovely shop!

  • brodiesabine

    Maria B. from SabineVintageHome said 4 years ago

    Wonderful! Thank you for sharing your story.

  • RollingHillsVintage

    Anita from RollingHillsVintage said 4 years ago

    Your shop is amazing! And, I love the photos of your home..beautiful! Congratulations!!

  • ionesAttic

    Barbara from ionesAttic said 4 years ago

    go go's photography pops off of that charcoal seamless...who said white was only right? Well done, interesting, inspired.

  • KaiceJoy

    Kirsti Joy from KaiceJoy said 4 years ago

    Congrats on the feature! I so appreciate how you follow your "gut" when making your purchases and finds!! Best of luck to you! wonderful shop.

  • sorrythankyou79

    Andrea from sorrythankyou79 said 4 years ago

    just added your shop to my favorites--it's AMAZING...don't know how I missed it!! Congratulations--your shop and home are beautiful!! :)

  • KaiceJoy

    Kirsti Joy from KaiceJoy said 4 years ago

    congrats on the feature! I so appreciate how you follow your "gut" with your precious finds and purchases! Best of luck to you. wonderful shop!

  • JoDeneMoneuseJewelry

    JoDene Moneuse from JoDeneMoneuseJewelry said 4 years ago

    I love your shop! I think you have a truly great eye and really need to keep my eye out for something I can't live without on your shop pages.......Congrats on your feature.

  • Sugarcookielady

    Susan from Sugarcookielady said 4 years ago

    Wonderful post, wonderful store.

  • sarahelisabeths

    Sarah from sarahelisabeths said 4 years ago

    oh my gooooooooooodness! Your shop is AMAZING!!!!! I absolutely love EVERYTHING!!!!!

  • needleandfelt

    Amy from needleandfelt said 4 years ago

    Lovely home, shop, and feature! My cat would have so much fun in your home!

  • panthia

    panthia from panthia said 4 years ago

    Charming vintage shop and home, thanks for sharing with us, congratulations!

  • MomsantiquesNthings

    Janine from MomsantiquesNthings said 4 years ago

    What a great interview, anyone who loves vintage can really relate to everything you commented on! Congratulations on the feature! Your home looks AWESOME!

  • livingstonandporter

    livingstonandporter from livingstonandporter said 4 years ago

    go go ---love your space! congratulations on your etsy feature... so happy to have found you here.

  • littlepart

    jen from littlepart said 4 years ago

    wonderful interview...beautiful shop...and your home...too good.

  • MokiAndMe

    MokiAndMe said 4 years ago

    I'm jazzed that one of my favourite stores is featured! Congratulations! I spend hours in your store, using it for research, lusting, mulling and procrastination ;) Mostly for just being able to look at beautiful things ... I think you have some Palatnik which I'm just itching to buy and awaiting spare funds. Hoping no one else snaps them up! Love the back story and learning about the gogo behind Berlinette :)

  • WhimzyThyme

    Deb from WhimzyThyme said 4 years ago

    Loved reading your story. Beautiful pottery. I was in Germany a couple of years ago and was so amazed by the beautiful treasuries both old and new.

  • monlyn25

    Monica C from MomoSeaJewelry said 4 years ago

    You seem to be having so much fun with your great finds!

  • wearthou

    Shirley from wearthou said 4 years ago

    Great mid-century finds!! I've been doing some collecting so I'm on my way back to your shop to...shop!!! I enjoy your random, organized, eclectic-ness!! I could just look at your stuff for hours!! Congratulations on the Featured Shop!!

  • BeaconMills

    Patrick from BeaconMills said 4 years ago

    I sense a great spirit inside you - revealed in your collections and captions. Thanks!

  • MightyVintage

    Timea from MightyVintage said 4 years ago

    Congrats for the feature! Love your shop ;) Cheers from Berlin.

  • DeEscalaArt

    BEATRIZ DE ESCALA from DeEscalaArt said 4 years ago

    We share a lot of the same feelings... LOVE it..

  • shoptsarevna

    shoptsarevna from PulseVintage said 4 years ago

    These are so great. I like your shop and it was great to hear about you.

  • wassupbrothers

    Olga Wassupbrothers from wassupbrothers said 4 years ago

    Wonderful Shop,perfect sencse of style, and Awesome artist, i'm inspired by for the long time! Ninon “Les Monstris” l - one of the biggest inspiring reasons why i'm start making toys! Thank you, Tania!

  • FeltFamily

    Ginta from FeltFamily said 4 years ago

    Really, really beautiful shop!

  • handmaderomance

    Evie Barrow from eviebarrow said 4 years ago

    beautifully curated store and a home that look equally as inviting! congratulations on the feature x

  • LittleWrenPottery

    Victoria Baker from LittleWrenPottery said 4 years ago

    Gorgeous shop! I agree that life should be full of more unique items : )

  • AlisaDesign

    Alisa from AlisaDesign said 4 years ago

    Amazing work! Congrats!

  • FauxFurPetBakery

    FauxFurPetBakery from FauxFurPetBakery said 4 years ago

    Great work and an amazing eye! Congratulations on your feature!

  • mimishingleton

    Mimi from aTreasureInStore said 4 years ago

    Great interview! I would LOVE to go along on your thrifting excursions! The spinning nautical bookends need me! Happy sales!

  • Zaheroux

    Megan Weber from Zaheroux said 4 years ago

    What a wonderful store to feature! Thank you for sharing your story! Good fortune to you on your path!

  • messinabella

    messinabella from BandBEstate said 4 years ago

    Great finds and great interview!

  • LovelySeason

    June from LovelySeason said 4 years ago

    Congratulations! You have very lovely items and shop. And I love your room, beautiful colors! All the best!

  • NewtoyoubyNancy

    Nancy D from RRGS said 4 years ago

    It is good to read about someone like me......now I don't feel so alone in what I do in terms of collecting and selling on etsy. Thank you for a great article and interview. Best regards and Best Wishes

  • oktak

    Aki from oktak said 4 years ago

    Absolutely love your style. Congrats on the feature and hope to see more of your handmade work @Ninon too!

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat from mazedasastoat said 4 years ago

    For a few years I made my living by junking, so I can so sympathise with you having to manage a granney trolley on & off buses! There's nothing else like them for being able to move large or awkward items with ease, but my old wicker one was quite difficult to steer & used to occasionally trip itself up on uneven surfaces... several times I've been scrabbling to pick everything up in the middle of the road! Don't worry too much about not having a ten year plan... I'm a LOT older than you & I still haven't decided what I want to do when I grow up! :-)

  • Pickseeville

    Siobhan Haines from Pickseeville said 4 years ago

    Beautiful story and beautiful soul...this is what Iove most about esty...it brings all of our old souls together in one place. We can connect, admire and learn from each other!!!

  • windycitynovelties

    Windy City Novelties said 4 years ago

    I love the fact that you went out on your own and started your own business. That was very brave and obviously I can see it is paying off. You are doing a great job and the products you sell are magnificent!

  • GourmetHandbags

    Sonya from GourmetHandbags said 4 years ago

    Beautiful shop and wonderful interview! Congrats!

  • tamilopez

    Tami Lopez from TamiLopezDesigns said 4 years ago

    Oh my gosh! I absolutely LOVE your shop! You have great finds and your photos are wonderful! I really enjoyed your feature. All the very best to you. Also loved looking at your little monsters! They are so charming!

  • HabitatHandcrafted

    Megan Bark from HabitatHandcrafted said 4 years ago

    Congratulations on the feature!

  • TossedTreasures

    Amber Lee from TossedTreasures said 4 years ago

    Lovelyshop! Just love it!

  • PoetryofObjects

    PoetryofObjects from PoetryofObjects said 4 years ago

    Lovely things with a beautiful aesthetic. As a vintage seller and collector of stories, I can relate so much to what you share here. Congratulations on your feature!

  • myMountainStudio

    Nikki Weiss from myMountainStudio said 4 years ago

    Some great vintage finds! I love pottery and enjoyed featuring one of your beautiful pieces on my blog. I enjoyed reading your story as well. Thanks for sharing it with us. :)

  • missloulouscloset

    Wendy Jane Paterson from missloulouscloset said 4 years ago

    Gorgeous shop - well done x

  • LCooperDesigns

    LC Cooper from LeMaisonBelle said 4 years ago

    "As a child, one of my favorite things to do was rummaging through my grandma’s attic — I’ve always been fascinated by objects that had been abandoned by other people." ...brought back a lot of great memories! Thanks for sharing your story, and your beautiful shop!

  • thebibliophile

    thebibliophile from thebibliophile said 4 years ago

    Your shop is lovely, as a fellow vintager I agree that it's fascinating to think of the lives vintage objects have had before they come to your hands, and the lives they'll have with their new owners once you sell them on. Great interview!

  • scandivintage

    Theresa Isaksson from Scandivintage said 4 years ago

    Great read - congrats on the feature! I always look into your shop for inspiration. :)

  • Jlwhiddon

    Jennifer Whiddon from Jlwhiddon said 4 years ago

    I love your work. It's so incredibly beautiful. I'm so happy I found this interview and your site. Congratulations on your interview and feature.

  • mpockets

    Suzanne from SYNCindustrial said 4 years ago

    Great interview. I love the items in your shop!

  • kgummey

    Kristine from kgummey said 4 years ago

    Congrats on the feature!! Your life sounds so very interesting!!

  • mascarajones

    Mascara Jones from mascarajones said 4 years ago

    Great feature! Love her shop!

  • neleh88

    helen from NewportRoad said 4 years ago

    Great shop! Nice to see Vintage featured!

  • UpsideDownFrowns

    UpsideDownFrowns from UpsideDownFrowns said 4 years ago

    beautiful shop. I love vintage.

  • kathyjohnson3

    Kathy Johnson from kathyjohnson3 said 4 years ago

    I too love vintage, your shop is wonderful1

  • csandate

    C Sandate from csandate said 4 years ago

    Thanks Etsy! We get to hear from the most delightful people with original lives and wonderful beautiful energy. I too love finding objects that intrigue the eye and the heart. This is an exceptional interview. I love to see how people arrange their objects for their viewing pleasure. So happy we got to meet her!

  • ArtsyFlair

    Michaela Bowles from ArtsyFlair said 4 years ago

    Congrats on being featured!

  • MozzyStarling

    Mozzy Starling from MozzyStarling said 4 years ago

    Vintage IS the way to go! There's so much history behind certain pieces and creativity behind objects that you just cannot get today. A warm congratulations to you on your feature!

  • greenbeing

    Cristin Powers from greenbeing said 4 years ago

    Fantastic!!

  • FullCircleRetro

    Piegota from FullCircleRetro said 4 years ago

    "I enjoy the moment of finding so much that in many cases it is more interesting than actually owning a particular object..." We are so alike! xoxo

  • sweetpeepshere

    JennyandDonna from sweetpeepshere said 4 years ago

    super inspirational :)

  • Annalogeu

    Annabel from SecondHandSandy said 4 years ago

    Thank tou for sharing! I am often jealous of your new finds, you're a great curator!

  • Annalogeu

    Annabel from SecondHandSandy said 4 years ago

    Thank you for sharing! I am often jealous of your new finds, you're a great curator!

  • buttonsandstars

    Clare Mountain from xThreadBEARx said 4 years ago

    Such a beautifully curated shop. You can tell how much love and effort goes into finding and researching your objects. I love your shop!

  • jewelsbymoon

    moon from jewelsbymoon said 4 years ago

    Super finds in your shop! Congrats and good luck!

  • karenjhowell

    Karen Howell from KarensSummerHouse said 4 years ago

    Heartfelt story, thank you, I understand well. Lovely, lovely pictures. Wishing you happiness and success. K.

  • mingtaphotography

    Mingta Li from mingtaphotography said 4 years ago

    Nice art works! Congrats!

  • GoldenSpiralDesigns

    Lola Ocian from GoldenSpiralDesigns said 4 years ago

    Love those gorgeous ceramics!

  • wheatleypaperworks

    M Wheatley from wheatleypaperworks said 4 years ago

    I wonder what artifacts from our own time will be the fodder for collectors in the future? I have to agree with you though; the designs of the mid-century have held up well over time. Beautifully and thoughtfully shot photos. Best wishes, M.

  • quinnknits

    Jess Quinn from JessQuinnSmallArt said 4 years ago

    Lovely interview Tania, I had already added Go Go Berlinette to my favourites without realising it was you! Best Wishes Jess

  • 1001vintage

    Nataliya vintage from 1001vintage said 4 years ago

    Great shop and such a lovely article! We're fans! Best wishes, Menno and Nataliya

  • jennysmith1

    Jenny Smith from jennysmith1 said 4 years ago

    That's great! Thanks for the good interview and I am hoping you go back to making more softies because yours are some of my favorites! I make plush also and you are inspiring because you are so creative and unique! Jenny Smith Plush Artist teddybearrepublic.wordpress.com

  • EvangelineBlack

    Evangeline Black from EvangelineBlack said 4 years ago

    Wow, these are amazing!

  • warnellcreations

    warnellcreations from warnellcreations said 4 years ago

    It was fun to take a peek inside your studio. I love the bold colors.

  • customheirloomart1

    Custom HeirloomArt from customheirloomart1 said 4 years ago

    Very nice work.

  • diana7gold

    Diana said 4 years ago

    Thank you for your creativity

  • snugglyugly

    Indira Villalobos from snugglyugly said 4 years ago

    wow, super cool! congratulations!

  • kikiparis

    Dominique Adeli from KidzCreationz said 4 years ago

    really cool stuff! i love all of the colors!

  • Wrenaw

    Karen Wachsmuth said 4 years ago

    Beautiful. Love your honesty, time and mood play such an important part in creativity! Thank you.

  • BellaTuppy

    Penny from BellaTuppy said 4 years ago

    I so agree with your words.

  • RaePleasant

    Pleasantly from RaePleasant said 4 years ago

    after graduating in museum studies...I would never be able to put up with some boring regular job...some of us are lucky to have degrees and jobs sweetheart. Why would you major in museum studies if you didn't want to work in an office...but since when is working in a museum boring and regular? Rubbed me the wrong way a bit. I wish people would stop all the 'regular job' bashing. Without them most Etsians would starve.

  • HelloMountains

    Audrey from HelloMountains said 3 years ago

    Perfect!!! I love it!!!! <3

  • LBHcozycreation

    James and Devan Draper from LBHcozycreation said 3 years ago

    Lol, that reminds me of when I would rummage through my grandmothers attic! Those were great memories and I do remember my grandmother rummaging with me but my grandfather didn't seem to happy about it.

  • byDelirium

    Angela from DeliriumAccessories said 3 years ago

    I want everything!! congratulations ;)

  • LaECLECTICa

    LaECLECTICa from Laeclectica said 3 years ago

    Inspiring post, I love your work for how brilliant and unique it is!

  • ephemerascenti

    Dana from ephemerascenti said 3 years ago

    Congratulations on your feature! So much to which I can personally relate, including when you stated, "What fascinates me about a vintage object is that, in most cases, it’s unique, and you never know if you’ll see that same piece ever again. Like handmade things, it’s the opposite of mass production and that’s what makes it precious." And like your unique discoveries, you, like I, see Etsy as an outlet for the creative spirit, whether it is the photography, the curation, the research, the descriptions, ... all alternative forms of self expression, process. Best wishes for future adventures and success!

  • sweetgumballinc

    sweetgumballinc Gumball from sweetgumballinc said 3 years ago

    such wonderful finds...love all the vintage! beautiful feature! love your surroundings!

  • lucysnowephotography

    Lucy Snowe from lucysnowephotography said 3 years ago

    gorgeous shop and pieces..and love the "granny trolley"... wonderful interview!

  • BubblegumCigarette

    Emily Ann Kinsella from BubblegumCigarette said 3 years ago

    There are so many beautiful, colorful treasures in your shop. I love it! I also really like the pictures of your cute home :) Congrats on the feature!

  • Dowonderfulwork

    Helen Allen from HelenCustomJewelry said 192 days ago

    I love vintage things of all kind you are my kind of shop

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