This month’s Shop of the Month is Redcurlz, owned by Janie.
What is the meaning behind your shop name?
I grew up with flaming curly red hair and although it is a much more faded version now, I still identify with the original colour. It got me in and out of many scrapes over the years. My daughter says it represents my fiery passion for the artsy side of life, so, when a friend suggested the name Redcurlzs for my shop, I jumped on it.
How did you get your start selling vintage?
Timing is everything! I met up with my high school best friend after not having seen her for many years. She was closing up her vintage shop and asked me if I would like to pick out some of the sewing patterns she had collected before she got rid of them. That collection turned out to be over 600 spectacular patterns! I picked out a few but then couldn’t sleep until I finally just made an offer and became their new proud owner. It took me almost a year to realize I could part with some and happily fell upon Etsy. It’s a great match for me because I have always been interested in arts, fashion and vintage. I have found a great deal of joy being part of the Etsy community – collaborating and building relationships with colleagues and customers.
What is your favorite item in your shop right now, and what makes it special to you?
My favourite items are the vintage sewing patterns that have illustrations on the envelopes. As an avid sewer and fashionista it’s hard to pick just one pattern because every era, brand, and style is special to me. Each illustration tells a story about the time whether it’s the glamour of the 1930s.
..the utilitarian style of the early 1940s
I see the beauty in even the simplest or most modern patterns and they never fail to inspire me to make my own creations.
What is the most unusual or amazing item you have sold from your shop?
Recently I sold a men’s vintage blazer to a major theater in Toronto. I often go to plays and am excited by the possibility of seeing my blazer on stage!
One of the most special patterns that I sold was a 1950s Pierre Cardin cocktail dress. There were some stunning details in the design and the illustration on the envelope is beautiful. I’m really hoping the person who bought it will send me a picture of the completed dress.
What social media platforms do you use? Share your links with us, so we can follow you!
One of my goals is to get started on a blog so hopefully you will, in the near future, see some activity at redcurlzs.weebly.com