Saturday, December 17, 2011

Fanciness Vintage and a giveaway!

*** EDIT! Open until January 10th!***

My friends! Here is a little giveaway and mini interview with one of my wonderful sponsors, Cara from Fanciness Vintage. Her shop is just full of great pieces, I am thinking I need this coat for the winter weather. She also has a blog, isn't she the cutest girl ever? Cara answered a few questions for me and also has something extra special to give away!

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Tell us a little bit about yourself.

My name is Cara, I currently live in Florida with my four rescued kittens, Beatrix, Oliver, Henry, and Gus Gus, and I'm the shop proprietor of fanciness vintage. I like cold weather, fancy dresses, kittens (obvious), and Buster Keaton. When I'm not working on my shop, I spend most of my time digging around in antique shops and flea markets for pretty vintage treasures. I think the 1920s were magical. I like to play dress up in lace 1930s dresses in the early morning hours while listening to Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith on my record player.

What inspired you to start your own shop?

I've been shopping at thrift stores and antique shops since I was very young, I remember bringing home 1960s faux fur coats and 1940s heels when I was thirteen or fourteen. It really always felt like finding hidden treasures for me. I would continually bring home vintage clothing that was too big for me or not really my style, because I always knew that I eventually wanted to open up a little boutique of my own, so I was sort of 'squirreling away' all of these pieces until the time came when I would open my shop. As I got older, I realized you could have an online boutique of sorts, and it seemed like the perfect thing for me. 

What is the best part of running a shop and/or being involved with the online community?

The best part of running a shop is working for myself. I love the freedom it allows. And also the fact that my job is to constantly shop and buy clothing doesn't hurt, either. I do also love the sense of community between vintage shop owners. I've met many wonderful people via Etsy and Twitter that I'd not have otherwise known.

What is one of your favorite holiday traditions?

I typically start getting excited for the holidays in August or September, maybe sometimes July even, because I live in Florida where it's hot ALL THE TIME and when it's at its hottest the only thing I want to think about is cooler weather and drinking hot cocoa and bundling up in cardigans and tights and listening to jazzy Christmas classics. I don't necessarily have any specific holiday traditions, but I do like to bake a lot during the holidays. I also try to go to St. Augustine at least once every December, because they have a Nights of Lights thing going on- they cover the whole town in little white lights and have brass bands playing Christmas music in the town square. It's very quaint and nostalgic.

Win this brown 1950's handbag... thanks Cara!
 
To enter: 
  1. Be a follower of mine and Cara's blog, and then leave a comment telling us your favorite item from her shop.
  2. Follow Fanciness_ on Twitter and leave a separate comment
  3. Become a friend of Fanciness Vintage on Facebook  
 Good luck and giveaway is open until January 10th!!



26 comments:

  1. I have fallen in love with two items in Cara's shop. First, this little lace shift dress is so darling.
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/80407984/vintage-1960s-lace-dress-ii-vintage-60s

    And OH MY GOSH, these boots. I really might have to snag them before someone else does.
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/81180869/vintage-1970s-leather-boots-vintage-70s

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  2. I love these boots:
    vintage 70s Fallen Leaves brown leather tall boots
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/81180869/vintage-1970s-leather-boots-vintage-70s

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  3. I follow your blog, Cara's blog and my favorite item from her shop is the vintage 1960s train case // vintage 60s Traveling North olive green train case

    clenna at aol dot com

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  4. I am a friend of Fanciness Vintage on Facebook

    clenna at aol dot com

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  5. I just love these gloves
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/77547989/vintage-1950s-gloves-ii-vintage-50s-malt


    maria
    marmarvintage@gmail.com

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  6. I follow both blogs, and I think my wife would like the vintage 1950s wiggle dress II vintage 50s Bon Vivant black silk dress with soutache and rhinestone detail. Thank you for the chance.

    dvdgossett915@gmail.com

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  7. I follow Fanciness on Twitter

    DavidGossett1

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  8. I liked her on Facebook

    dvdgossett915@gmail.com

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  9. I follow your blog. I also follow Cara's blog.
    My favorite item is her shop is the vintage 1930s Oh Starry Sky black beaded French handbag. There are 2 pairs of gloves Im in love with as well!

    mnrquick at yahoo dot com

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  10. Follow Fanciness_ on Twitter
    RKQuick
    mnrquick at yahoo dot com

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  11. Im a friend of Fanciness Vintage on Facebook
    Robin Quick
    mnrquick at yahoo dot com

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  12. First time I visit the shop. Everything is so gorgeous My absolut favorite is vintage 1960s lace dress. Soo pretty :)

    Follow you and Cara

    mjotafragoso22@hotmail.com

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  13. I now follow Fanciness on twitter :)

    mjotafragoso22@hotmail.com

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  14. So happy I found this shop, someone was actually telling me about it the other day and I LOVE IT!!

    The red velvet 1950's dress, 1950's black lace party dress, and the 1950's swing coat are my favorites. I so wish I could exist in that era! Least there are still clothes around!!

    I also now follow her on twitter, liked her page, and follow both blogs. :)

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  15. Ooh, I follow both of y'all's blogs (on Bloglovin') and I love the 1950's red velvet party dress!

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  16. Following both...

    The light blue 60s maxi dress. So pretty!

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  17. i follow both your blogs! and from her shop i love the vintage 1960s plaid jacket // vintage 60s cream navy and mustard plaid fitted jacket by koret of california!!

    sandyalamode(at)gmail(dot)com

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  18. i follow her on twitter (@sandyalamode)!

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  19. i like fanciness vintage on facebook (sandy chang)!

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  20. I love so many of those vintage dresses but my fav is prob the cream leopard dot coat you linked to. email: dusanabotswana(at)hotmail.com

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  21. follow on twitter too. thanks to you both!

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  22. Wow my favorite item would have to be the vintage 1920s white mary jane heels. SO pretty!

    I follow you both (bloglovin & GFC)

    Romina
    romina.s.munoz@gmail.com

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  23. I also follow her on Twitter (@rostomtom)

    romina.s.munoz@gmail.com

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  24. And following also on FB :)

    xox

    romina

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