May 3, 2014

Meet our Members - WonderDIVA



  My shop name was the name I used as a buyer, and it comes from a nickname a friend gave me, because I like Wonder Woman. I started my shop when Etsy didn't allow sellers to revise shop name, so I decided to use my shop name to reflect my love of the 1920's and 1930's and the glamour of that era.
I came to sell vintage because I had a collection of antique jewelry and vintage jewelry that I hadn't worn for a very long time. I was on Etsy as a consumer and decided to start selling my jewelry. I found that I enjoyed selling vintage, and the rest is history.

  My shop "about" page goes into how I love the 1920's and the design movements that I love. I've loved those styles since I was very young... 1920's and 1930's movies always fascinated me. Predating that era, I also really love the Glasgow School of the Arts and Craft Movement... some of the most beautiful design work ever!
 
My current favorite vintage find is a framed photo of a little boy and girl -- probably brother and sister -- that is from the early 1900's. The children are truly beautiful, the pose is adorable and the little details of home in the background are wonderful. I had a fellow vintage seller send me a convo to say that it made her eyes well up with tears to look at it.
  I hunt for treasures at estate sales and flea markets. There are two excellent estate sale companies in my town,and they make treasure hunting a very pleasant process. I keep saying I'm going to start attending farm auctions, but it hasn't happened yet.. maybe this summer!
I have four Christmas cards that the art nouveau illustrator Dugald Stewart Walker drew to send to friends -- the cards apparently came from the estate of someone who knew Walker. I don't know if any other copies of the cards exist outside of a few private collections. They are gorgeous, and Walker is one of my favorite illustrators, so I truly cherish them.


 
 I actually got a lot of good advice because in my first job out of college, I met a coworker who was a hardcore antique and thrift store shopper who taught me so much about enjoying the process and looking for a diamond in the rough. Her process was to have fun, relax and if you found something, that was great -- but if you didn't, there is always next time!

2 comments:

Kim Willson said...

Hi Jeanne. LOVE your shop banner! It fits your shop perfectly!

wonderdiva said...

Thank you Patti! This is what I miss out on when I'm busy all weekend! I'm delighted to be featured...there's a lot of interesting folks on the EVT, I'll look forw
ard to hearing about more of us!