Today we are going to be talking with Lee Ann Reynolds, vintage fashion collection and owner of the online clothing store I Like Your Dress . Lee Ann is a Tennessee native and loves vintage clothing and dresses. Read on to find out more about her business and passion for vintage clothes! All of the dresses in the article are for sale in her online shop, plus there is a Facebook link and a coupon code for a discount at the end. Let's hear what Lee Ann has to say about her Etsy shop and living in Tennessee!
I live in White House, Tn which is about 25 minutes North of Nashville. I'm not really a crafter, per se. I do hunt for fabulous vintage dresses, skirts, and rompers and have them repaired & revived when needed. I guess that could be considered being “crafty”, just not in the making something with raw materials sort of way.
As a child, my favorite thing to do at my grandparents' house was rummaging through the closets to find old clothes to try on. As I got older, I started using these pieces to create “real” outfits. Some of my most memorable finds were a 40s sheer nylon purple floral dress and my mother's 70s jumper dresses, jeans, and woven sandals. Now, I hunt through estate sales, thrift stores, and yard sales to find great vintage garments. I started out buying only for myself. Then, I found myself buying in all sizes because I couldn't leave a good find behind. I specialize in dresses because I've always found them easy to style and I love the quality and styles of the dresses of the past.
When I realized I had enough clothes to start selling I listed some items on Craigslist and Ebay. I had heard of Etsy, but had never checked it out. Once I did, I saw my product would fit in nicely there. I opened my store, i like your dress, on July 7th of this year. It is a very new project. I have sold at the Nashville Flea Market and will continue to sell there in the future. It is a fantastically huge place to spend a weekend. If you haven't been, you are missing out on a great time!
I have a “look” visualized for my shop and I am continually working on Etsy in order to realize this shop vision. I am also currently searching for a vintage camper to use as a mobile shop. Once I find the perfect round “canned ham”, I plan to travel to various flea markets and vintage fairs to sell my pieces and meet other wonderful vintage lovers! As far as future projects go, I am just focusing on developing my store into a streamlined, aesthetically pleasing, and fun place to shop for vintage fashion!
Yesterday my friend and I went on a 3 hour trip to view a camper I had my eye on. During this trip we heard “Rocky Top” on the radio, blasted it, and sang our hearts out. We are total geeks sometimes and we definitely love TN. It's the only state I've ever lived in. Tennessee is home. If you are looking for vintage clothes in TN, I would suggest going to as many rural area estate sells and yard sells as you can.
I would absolutely adore it if your readers would drop me a line on facebook. I would love to hear from them and visit their pages as well! www.facebook.com/i.like.your.dress
I am also offering a very special 50% off coupon code to use on any item under $40.00 in my Etsy shop for your blog readers only! The code is HALFOFF and my shop can be found atwww.etsy.com/shop/ilikeyourdress .
If you are thinking of opening an Etsy store my advice is to just do it! Then, get active in the forums and research all that you can about how to improve your shop and connect with your market.