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I guess the Twin Cities Really Loves Vintage and Feminism

Women in Business, Vintage home decor, Vintage Style, feminismPamela DeweyComment

Ever have one of those weeks that is super rewarding professionally, but just wipes you out physically and mentally?

Oh good. I’m glad I’m not the only one.

Last week, I participated in two markets, the FeMNist Night Market and the Refind Vintage Market. The number of people that attended these events was awesome. I talked to a lot of different folks about macramé, mid-century style, event planning, sourcing, small business startups, etc.

At the FeMNist Night Market, I met so many talented women, who are doing so many amazing things.

And I was just blown away by all the vintage lovers I met at Refind Vintage Market. There are a lot of people (like me) that love vintage style in the Twin Cities. It did my heart good.

And then in between those markets, I sold and delivered a table and chair set to a lovely family out in Brooklyn Center, MN.

And now this lady, well, she’s TIRED. So please forgive the short blog this week.

 I know we've all been there.

I know we've all been there.

But thanks again to everyone that came out to the markets, and be on the lookout for new stock in the next couple weeks. I finally made some room in my house to buy some new pieces.

If there is anything in particular you are looking for, please feel free to reach out via email or social media. I may be able to help you find that perfect vintage piece you’ve been looking for.

Alright, I’m headed back to the couch for some much needed r&r.

Do You like Beer, Feminism and Vintage?

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Hi friends!

Well, good news then. The Vintage Modern shop is going to be slinging our vintage wares at two markets next week. And it is even better news if you consider yourself a feminist, or like to drink beer.

Or all three. I mean, I really hope you like all three things. (But more so, the feminism thing.)

On Thursday March 8th, the shop is participating in the FeMNist Night Market at the Grain Belt Bottling House in NE Minneapolis. The event is from 5-10pm and will feature female Minnesota artists, makers and businesses. We will be up on the second floor of the building, set up as part of the Wellness Lounge. So come chill out and say hi!

 

 The event is at the Grain Belt Bottling House in NE MPLS from 5-10pm. Click  here  for details.

The event is at the Grain Belt Bottling House in NE MPLS from 5-10pm. Click here for details.

The Vintage Modern shop will also be at Refind Vintage Market at Modist Brewing in the North Loop of Minneapolis on Sunday March 11th. The event is from 12-5 pm and will feature a curated selection of vintage sellers. So beer + vintage = a very good Sunday.

 The event is at Modist Brewing in the North Loop of MPLS from 12-5pm. Click  here  for details.

The event is at Modist Brewing in the North Loop of MPLS from 12-5pm. Click here for details.

The FeMNist Night Market is being put on by Still Kickin, Nora McInerny and The Coven.

Still Kickin is a charity founded by Nora McInerny and her friend, Lindsay. After Nora lost her husband to brain cancer, she created this nonprofit organization inspired by his favorite thrift store shirt. By selling t-shirts and other merchandise, Still Kickin is able to create “a safety net for other awesome people who find themselves going through awful things.” Every month, they pick a Still Kickin Hero and “give them the proceeds from our merchandise sales, donation-based workouts and other events held both in the Twin Cities area and around the country.

And on personal note, I am a big fan of Nora's writing. Her book, It's Okay to Laugh: Crying is Cool Too, meant a lot to me. The book is about love, grief, beauty, pain and all the other messy stuff in-between. Writing about grief is hard, and Nora does it with beauty and honesty. It made me laugh and cry, as promised. It is definitely worth a read. I've recommended it to just about everyone I know.

The Coven is a "collaborative community and co-working space for women and those who identify as non-binary" in Minneapolis. The community offers events and workshops and strives to empower its members to "become the absolute best version of [themselves] through connection, collaboration, and content."

The Refind Vintage Market is hosted by Minneapolis Craft Market and the vintage boutique, THE KEEP. According to their site, THE KEEP was founded "to bring a modern aesthetic to vintage clothing." The founders, Kathryn and Latricia, believe "the best looks come from mixing the PAST with the PRESENT."

Hope to see you next week! The shop will have some exclusive, new-to-you vintage merchandise available at these markets.

Women that Inspire Me: Larissa Loden

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Hi friends.

For my fourth installment of my blog series Women that Inspire Me, I am featuring Minneapolis jewelry maker, Larissa Loden.

I first discovered Larissa’s jewelry at Art-A-Whirl several years ago. As a long-time rock collector (Yes! Nerd alert!), I love gemstone jewelry. And well, Larissa’s jewelry is particularly striking. I was drawn to it immediately.

According to her website, “Larissa Loden designs for women who aren’t afraid to express themselves. They are strong and fearless, interested in history and love to dress up.”

If that doesn't sound like the kind of woman that most of us want to be, I don't know what does. So yeah, sign me up. :)

The jewelry maker “is inspired by stories behind the pieces and those wearing them, and feeds off seeing her jewelry complete a look.” So Larissa not only gets inspired by the materials she works with, but also by the women who wear her jewelry.  Again, women like you and me.

The first piece I purchased from her was this Lune necklace. Black is my favorite color, and I also am a big fan of agates. After I bought it, I was wearing the necklace almost daily. It is a fantastic piece.

 The  Lune Necklace  is pictured here along with one of my geodes. :)

The Lune Necklace is pictured here along with one of my geodes. :)

Not only is her jewelry unique, but her offerings are also accessibly priced. Her pieces are mostly in the $30-$50 range.

According to Mpls.St.Paul Magazine, Larissa states, “I’ve toyed with the idea of a luxury line. I just don’t want to price myself out of what my customers have learned to love.”

As someone who also tries to keep her prices affordable, I certainly appreciate Larissa’s commitment to her art and her customers.

Like many of us, Larissa started out making jewelry as a side hustle. She worked as an art teacher by day and designed jewelry at night. She now creates jewelry full time out of her Northeast Minneapolis studio.

Larissa also sells her jewelry at markets all across on the country, as well as offering her wares “at more than 300 stores, including the House of Blues hotel gift shops, The Getty in Los Angeles, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.”

Inspired by Larissa's fantastic creations, I painted this See the World Through Rose Quartz and Turquoise Oak Dresser. The dresser features genuine rose quartz and brass knobs from Anthropologie. I am just in love with this joyful color palette. This vintage oak dresser is available for delivery to Minneapolis and St. Paul Shoppers.

Get this one-of-a-kind upcycled oak dresser for $225!

Women that Inspire Me: Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson

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Hi friends.

I have the third installment of my blog series Women that Inspire Me, and this week I am featuring two women, Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson.

Jessica and Phoebe are the comedians and best friends behind the podcast, 2 Dope Queens. If you aren't listening to 2 Dope Queens, you are seriously missing out.

Jessica and Phoebe’s show is my favorite podcast. Not only are these ladies funny AF, but their show features a slew of other comedians that are funny AF.

Not sure how you handle stress or sadness, but one way I deal is to seek out things that make me laugh.

How did I cope on November 9th, 2016? I listened to 2 Dope Queens, and I laughed. Even on that day, they still made me laugh. A lot.

According to their website, the show features “stories about sex, romance, race, hair journeys, living in New York, and Billy Joel. Plus a whole bunch of other s**t.” These two dope queens are also all about featuring women and people of color.

They've had on big names like Jon Stewart, Tig Notaro, Connie Britton, Kevin Bacon, as well as comedians like Michelle Buteau, Illano Glazer, Joe Mande, Aparna Nancherla and Lindy West.

 This is a very funny episode from 2 Dope Queens called " A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the U2 Concert.  "

This is a very funny episode from 2 Dope Queens called "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the U2 Concert. "

Sure their comedy isn't for everyone. But if you think woke women you love rosè and the occasional fart joke are funny, they you will probably love their podcast.

You might recognize Jessica from her role as a senior correspondent on The Daily Show. When she debuted at age 23, she was the youngest correspondent on the show. She has also appeared on Season 3 of Girls and several movies and television shows.

Jessica also happens to be the star of the 2017 Netflix comedy movie, The Incredible Jessica James. The semi-autobiographical movie is, as described by the Guardian, about "a struggling Brooklyn-based playwright navigating the murky waters of modern romance while waiting impatiently for her big break.”

Phoebe has a solo podcast, Sooo Many White Guys, which I also really enjoy. On this podcast, she interviews “musicians, actors, writers and comedians who are killing it in their fields--AND who aren’t white dudes!

She also writes and has been published in publications like Glamour, The New York Times and Vanity Fair. And NBD, her book, You Can't Touch My Hair (And Other Things I Still Have to Explain) was a New York Times Bestseller.

Phoebe has appeared on numerous television shows, including the Amazon original show, I Love Dick. If you haven’t watched this show, I highly recommend it. It also stars Kevin Bacon and Kathryn Hahn, and was created by Jill Soloway.

And now these seriously funny women have a series of 4 hour long specials on HBO. I've watched the first two, and the episodes were just as funny and charming as their podcast. If you don't have HBO, you can stream the first special for free here

So in honor of Jessica and Phoebe's love of rosè, I decided to create a bar cart. Because any self-respecting rosè fans needs a classy place to set their bottle on. But as sometimes happens, I didn't get the bar casrt quite done in time. So I will be adding the bar cart later this week.

Stay tuned!

 

 You can grab this vintage glass decanter for only $20 right   here .

You can grab this vintage glass decanter for only $20 right here.

In the meantime, I just added this seriously stylish glass decanter, which would hold A LOT of rosè or whiskey or water. Whatever. This vintage decanter will make your drinks look classy AF. So I think Jessica and Phoebe would approve.

Women that Inspire Me: Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman

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Hi friends!

I have the second installment of my blog series Women that Inspire Me, and this week I am featuring two women, Emma Chapman and Elsie Larson.

Emma and Elsie are sisters that created the blog, A Beautiful Mess. Their blog features DIY recipes, crafts, furniture projects, home décor, as well as advice about blogging and photography.

Elsie started A Beautiful Mess as a personal blog in 2007, and then Emma started a food blog a few years later. They combined their blogs into one in 2010, and this version of A Beautiful Mess was born.

Their styles are ever evolving, but always inspiring. I can personally thank them for my love of all things pink, brass and marble. But their style is also fun and quirky.

I mean, check out Elsie’s before and after of her den. What a beautiful, zen space.

I also really enjoy that though their homes are beautiful, the spaces also are comfortable and lived in. The site states, “If you haven’t guessed by now A Beautiful Mess is all about living a creative, and sometimes messy, life.”

 

They understand paint gets spilled, dogs shed and sometimes, well sometimes you just make home décor mistakes.

But A Beautiful Mess is not just a blog. It is also “a women’s lifestyle company focused on creating happiness every day through a homemade lifestyle.”

Elsie and Emma also have an online shop, Oui Fresh. Their store sells t-shirts, sunglasses, organizational items and their own line of essential oils and natural lipsticks and lip glosses. Their makeup is non-toxic, cruelty free, gluten free and GMO free.

The pair has also written multiple books. They've written a photography book: A Beautiful Mess Photo Idea Book: 95 Inspiring Idea for Photographing Your Friends, Your World, and Yourself. They've written a home décor and DIY book: A Beautiful Mess Happy Handmade Home: Painting, Crafting, and Decorating a Cheerful, More Inspiring Space. And they've written a cookbook: A Beautiful Mess Weekday Weekend: How to live a healthy veggie life...and still eat treats.

And if that all wasn't enough, these talented ladies have two apps. A Color Story and the newly launched, A Design Kit. A Color Story is a photo filter and effect app. A Design Kit allows you to add text, stickers, backgrounds, shapes and use different brushes to draw on your photos. I've just started playing around with A Design Kit, but I use A Color Story to filter most of my photos for the shop.

Plus Elsie and Emma try to keep their blog "focused on positivity and love" and they use the "business to try to give back" when they can.

So these insanely talented, creative stylish ladies also try to give back to their communities and are serious about clean living.

In honor of Elsie and Emma from A Beautiful Mess, I am sharing all things blush and brass that I have listed in the shop.  Shop the links below.

Women that Inspire Me: Justina Blakeney

Bohemian Style Ideas, Bohemian Home Decor Ideas, Women That Inspire Me, Creative Inspiration, Women in BusinessPamela DeweyComment

Hi friends.

I love Instagram. I love scrolling through Instagram and seeing what painters, crafters, interior designers and writers are creating.

I follow a lot of other female makers because I believe it is important to support other women making their art. And believe me, there are so many women creating beautiful things.

When I see what they are doing, I get inspiration for my painting and writing.

Because so many of these women inspire me, I wanted to share some of these women with you. Some of them I’ve spoken about before, and some of them are incredibly well known. And some of them are well known where I live, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

So starting today, I will be sharing a little bit about a woman (or a pair of woman) that inspire me. And then I will share some furniture or home décor I created or sourced inspired by these women and what they do.

First up on the list is Justina Blakeney. I’ve written about her before in my blog post 5 Bohemian Looks Worth Stealing for Your Home. Blakeney is the creator of the design blog, TheJungalow.com and the queen of all things bohemian.

 Blakeney with her husband and daughter in Blakeney's book,     The New Bohemians: Cool & Collected       Homes

Blakeney with her husband and daughter in Blakeney's book,  The New Bohemians: Cool & Collected Homes

Blakeney draws and paints. She is a pattern-maker, interior designer and a writer.

In addition to her blog, she has written two books, The New Bohemians: Cool & Collected Homes and The New Bohemians Handbook: Come Home to Good Vibes. She is also a designer with multiple product lines.

You can now shop The Jungalow, and there is furniture, art prints, light fixtures, plates, bedding and planters. You can pretty much buy all things boho home décor there.

I love her #newbohemian style, which she describes as having “a passion for color, pattern and plants.” But I also really admire how her creative passions spill into so many different areas. And she doesn’t try to limit herself, but explores all of these different pursuits.

I received a copy of The New Bohemians Handbook: Come Home to Good Vibes for Christmas, and it is just as chock full of inspiration as her previous book.

The book starts out with several maxims, and below are two of my favorites.

 Photo of image from Blakeney's book,    The New Bohemians Handbook: Come Home to Good Vibes

Photo of image from Blakeney's book,  The New Bohemians Handbook: Come Home to Good Vibes

 Photo of image from Blakeney's book,    The New Bohemians Handbook: Come Home to Good Vibes

Photo of image from Blakeney's book,  The New Bohemians Handbook: Come Home to Good Vibes

I too believe in vintage and handmade and that objects made with love bring that love with them.

Blakeney is a truly talented women who has created a boho empire. And it all started with her blog, The Jungalow.

Here are some #jungalowstyle pieces I have available in the shop. I just added this Starburst Wicker Basket with Lid today, and I am kind of obsessed with it.

Be on the lookout for another woman that inspires me in two weeks!

Worry less. Do More.

Minneapolis vintage store, Minnesota Makers, Upcycling, Women in Business, Failure, Creative ClassPamela DeweyComment

Hi friends.

I can’t even remember where I saw this saying, except it was somewhere down a rabbit hole on the internet.

But it really stuck with me. And it fits along with trying to not be so hard on myself. Like not everything I try the first time is going to be a success. Or even the second time. That’s ok.

Failure is a part of the process. I know I have talked about that too before, but it is a lesson I will forever need to learn and re-learn.

Because I am still pretty hard on myself. Like when I run out of time to get a project finished. Or when I work on a project, and it doesn’t turn out well. 

I feel like a failure. Even when I know I shouldn’t, I do. And then I don’t want to fail again, so…

Yeah. You can see where this is going. I beat myself up for not finishing things quicker. I get scared to try other things.

I worry. I worry. I worry.

So I like this mantra because it tells you to get out of your head. Don’t listen to that voice of self-doubt, and do the thing you’ve been wanting to do.

Like pom poms.

I’ve been all about pom poms for a while now. I know I’m not alone here.

I have two different sets of pom pom curtains in my house. I bought this little pom pom bag charm from Jefa Moda Mexicana at a Girl Creative event. Not to mention all the pom pom earrings I keep wanting to buy and then not buying. (I am pretty into smaller earrings now that my hair is super short. But still…)

So I finally bought myself a pom pom maker a couple of weeks ago. You can create pom poms without a maker, but it is supposed to be a lot easier if you have one. (Full disclosure: Making pom poms is not hard at all, but if you can make it easier on yourself, you should.)

The other night, I decided to try to make my first pom pom.

Admittedly, the instructions weren't great. But there was a YouTube video that showed not my exact pom pom maker, but one pretty close.

As I was watching it, I was thinking this is one of the most soothing videos I’ve ever listened to/watched. Haha.

When I was struggling to free my pom pom, I worried I would ruin it. (And maybe you’re thinking what kind of person gets worried about ruining a pom pom? This girl right here. That’s who.)

After I freed it and trimmed it up (I think this is where practice helps), I had a medium-sized purple pom pom. It’s not the worst pom pom ever. Nor is it the best pom pom ever.

But I had tried something new, and I had this pom pom to show for it.

 The not-the-worst-or-the-best pom pom.

The not-the-worst-or-the-best pom pom.

What a tiny thing.

But then not-so tiny either. I had done more and worried less.

So what tiny or not-so tiny thing have you been afraid to try? Why not just try it? Who cares if you fail? You can always try again. Or try something new.

I promise you that worrying less and doing more feels a heck of a lot better than doing nothing.

Everyone Does Better When We Work Together

Upcycling, Minnesota Makers, Creative Collaboration, Women in Business, Home Decor IdeasPamela DeweyComment

Hi friends.

I love Minnesota. For its beautiful lakes. For its amazing restaurants. For its fantastic music scene. And for the way it supports artists of all kinds. There is just a wonderful sense of community here. A willingness to help one another.

It’s about collaboration, not competition here.

It’s the old idea that two heads are better than one. Or that working together leads to better results.

I mean, it makes sense. No one is going to have the right answers all of the time.

Though I do a lot of things on my own over at the shop, I certainly don’t do it all. My friend Jeni designed my logo. My friend Rachel helps with photography. My mom is the mastermind behind the macramé, and she assists on furniture projects.

I can’t do it all. Multiple heads are definitely better than one. Believe me. They catch your mistakes, they help you improve and thank goodness, they lighten your load.

I don’t know about you, but some days it feels like I’m walking uphill both ways, and I forgot my phone at home. (Isn’t that just the worst feeling?)

So in that spirit, I recently joined up with Whym Local. According to the website, “Whym Local offers an online shopping experience that strives to strengthen community, giving people a way to shop local handmade home goods online. Shopping local means more dollars going back into your local community.”

That is exactly what I’m talking about. A group of people getting together to strengthen the community (Minnesota) and creating a better thing (an online collective of their work) in the process. People like Intermission and Wandermore.

Lindsay from Wandermore designs unique wall hangings like this head in the clouds wall hanging. I actually can’t believe is still for sale. Or this super cool tribal weaving. She has a website in the works, but for now you can see her stuff on Whym or over on her Instagram page.

Erin from Intermission sells “refinished unique, vintage and/or antique furniture and decor.” Her shop features pieces like this gorgeous, antique Art Deco vanity. She also has a website in the works, but for now you can follow her on Instagram and shop her furniture on Whym.

  Art Deco Vanity  from Intermission at  Whym Local.

Art Deco Vanity from Intermission at Whym Local.

And to top it off, Whym donates a portion of its proceeds to The Champ Foundation, which supports research and treatment for those with Pearson Syndrome. Pearson Syndrome is a multi-system disease that can include sideroblastic anemia and pancreatic insufficiency. It can also impair the heart, kidneys, eyes, ears and brain.

So not only does Whym benefit the makers and the community, it also helps support this wonderful foundation. Now see all the wonderful things collaborating can do?

The #1 Secret to Success (And It’s Easy…Or Easier Than You Think)

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Hi friends.

It’s a bold statement. I know. It is especially bold coming from someone who has never felt particularly successful.

That someone being me, of course. And success is something I’ve struggled with for a long time. 

Do I have a full time job that pays the bills? Yes.

Do I own a house? Yes.

Do I have a master’s degree? Yes.

Do I have a wiener dog? Yes. (Ok. That is maybe no one else’s measure of success but mine. But I mean, I do keep him in kibble & sparkly bandanas. )

 If Max Wiener in his rhinestone bandana isn't the picture of success, I don't know what is. :)

If Max Wiener in his rhinestone bandana isn't the picture of success, I don't know what is. :)

Now some other questions.

Am I married? No. I’m divorced.

Do I work full time as a writer? No.

Do I work full time as a vintage shop owner? No.

Have you had any of your fiction published lately? No.

What about your nonfiction stories? No.

Maybe some poetry? Nope. Not that either.

What about dusting? When was the last time you dusted the living room, Pam? Uhhhh…

My list of failures is always much longer than my list of successes. There is ALWAYS something that I am failing at. Usually there are many things I am failing at, all at the same time.

So I get discouraged. I convince myself I am a terrible writer. A terrible housekeeper. Just a terrible person in general that will never succeed at anything she wants ever again in her life.

But I’m sure none of you can relate to that, right? You are all wonderfully, happy people who get the raise, do the laundry, walk the dog and cook dinner from scratch EVERY NIGHT.

I mean, that is what the rest of the population does, I just know it. Or maybe not. Maybe there’s another possibility.

A friend recently told me maybe I am too hard on myself. It wasn’t necessarily a revolutionary thing to say, and yet, WOW, did I need to hear it.

I spend an enormous amount of time worrying about the things I don’t do well, or the things I don’t do at all (like maybe dusting the living room on a regular basis).

When you spend all your time worrying about ways you haven’t succeeded, it doesn’t leave a lot of time to acknowledge the things you have accomplished. And you have accomplished things obviously. And we can see from the first round of questions, I have too.

And also maybe more importantly, you and I should realize that success doesn’t always look like what we thought it would.

Am I Toni Morrison? No.

Will I ever be Toni Morrison? Well for obvious reasons, no.

The bigger point is, even if I don’t publish multiple, award-winning novels, I can still be a success.

So you really want to know the #1 secret to success?

Defining it for yourself and acknowledging it when it occurs in your life.

My success doesn’t have to look like Toni Morrison’s success. Your success doesn’t have to look like your next door neighbor’s success. Or your sister’s. Or your best friend’s.

And maybe that doesn’t mean writing a novel. Or having a perfectly mowed and landscaped yard. Or becoming a lawyer.

And you get to decide when you have achieved it.

It could be getting a raise, or it could be finally asking your boss for a raise (even if you don’t get it).

It could be cooking a fantastic meal from scratch, or it could be deciding you’d rather order pizza and spend more time playing with your kids (or your cat).

The important thing is to not be so hard on yourself all the time. It is great to set goals and work toward these things, but you should also give yourself credit for that— working hard. Putting in the effort is worth something too.  

So I am going to give it a try…

Have I had my writing published? Yes.

Am I being paid to write? Yes.

Do I own a vintage store? Yes.

Ok! Now who’s buying the pizza?

 

Hey Girl (And Guy), Did You Know I Write a Blog?

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Hi friends.

Here's a confession: I am not the best salesperson. 

But I own a vintage store?! Yep. I do. 

Because I love refinishing furniture and finding vintage gems. 

I am particularly not the best salesperson when it comes to selling myself. (And not in a lady of the night kind of way.)

It makes me uncomfortable to list off my accomplishments or talk about my best qualities. I am not particularly great in an interview. (And let’s not even get into giving a presentation.)

I'm an introvert, and all of these things fight against all my wallflower tendencies.

It is much easier for me to tell you how great my best friend’s band is (really it is) or talk about how I just discovered this amazing writer.

This puts the person I am talking about in the spotlight, and lets me hover comfortably in the shadows. 

It is one reason I love writing so much. It is a solitary activity. It is just me and my laptop.

And if you are writing fiction, you can disappear into your characters. Your characters can say all the beautiful, clever and brave things. Which is a truly lovely thing for an introvert, believe me.

But I write things other than fiction. I write creative nonfiction (which is essentially about me), and of course, I write this blog.

This blog is certainly not all about me, but as the owner of this shop, it is about me connecting with my customers and providing them useful content.

Since I am the one writing the beautiful, clever things on here, it is probably time I took ownership of that.

Don’t worry because there is no chance I am going to become one of THOSE salespeople. I just don't have it in me. But I am going start acknowledging that what I provide here is helpful and interesting. (There I said it!) And I am going to be a lot less shy about sharing it.

Because I think you’ll like it. But if not, that’s cool too.

 Who doesn't love a good Ryan Gosling meme?!  Source

Who doesn't love a good Ryan Gosling meme?! Source

So hello again! I’m Pam Dewey, and I own this online vintage shop based in lovely Minneapolis, MN. I also write this blog.

And I am going to keep writing and sharing my content. Wallflower tendencies be damned.

Not Leaving the Couch during a Netflix Binge is Okay, but Sitting Still on Your Business is Not

Women in Business, How to Suceed in BusinessPamela DeweyComment

Hi friends.

“If you sit still, you die.”

Taken out of context, this phrase seems a little dramatic. Ok. Very dramatic. And what does it mean? That if I keep sitting on the couch, bingeing Orange is the New Black, I’m going to die?

No, no. Of course not. Binge away. (The newest season is great. Seriously.)

When I was completing my degree in Strategic Communication, I took a Media Management class, and our professor taught us ten axioms to help us succeed in the business world.

Number three on the list was the above, that if you sit still, you die. The idea is that to remain successful in business, you and your business must be willing to evolve with the shifting market/economy.

The business landscape is always changing. So your amazing product that is selling so well now might not be doing so hot after your competitor comes out with a new, improved version.

Or maybe the economy takes a dive, and suddenly no one can afford your $2,000 dog house. (I’m sure it’s a great dog house, but I mean, Fido could settle for something a little more economical?)

And if your company doesn’t react as the economy plummets, or your competitor puts out a better product, you know what’s going to happen?

That’s right. Your sales are going drop. And you could be at risk of going out of business.

Because why wouldn’t people want the better, new product? Or the cheaper product?

It makes sense, right? Changing market = the need to respond to that change.

I had this in mind when I launched the Vintage Modern shop in November.

I can’t say the market or economy has suffered any drastic changes in the last eight months. But I have paid attention to what vintage goods are selling best, and I’ve reacted to that.

When I first launched, I had a small offering of used clothing, culled entirely from my own closet. There were some great pieces in there because not to brag, but maybe even more than home design, fashion is my thing.

But the clothing didn’t sell.

Admittedly, I was spending a lot more time promoting the furniture than the clothing.

But selling the clothing wasn’t happening. And I didn’t want to sit still. I wanted to pivot and focus on what was working.

So I removed the clothing from the website.

Will I revisit selling vintage clothing someday? Maybe. I’m not sure what the future will hold.

But I know I made the right decision for my business at the time. I didn’t sit still. 

So unless we’re talking a Netflix binge, sitting still is not a good thing. It can prove incredibly detrimental to your business.

But if we are talking about bingeing Orange is the New Black, then by all means, pass the popcorn ‘cuz I’m not going anywhere.

 

 Amazingly, this  dresser  is still for sale. But I wouldn't sit still on this for long. This beauty won't last.

Amazingly, this dresser is still for sale. But I wouldn't sit still on this for long. This beauty won't last.

My #1 Way to Stay Organized (And Not Freak Out)

Women in Business, Organizational TipsPamela DeweyComment

If you’re like me, your life is awfully busy sometimes. Even a little overwhelming.

While I was in school, I often felt overwhelmed. I had homework to do, a full time job, various writing projects like composing a blog, editing a blog, writing press releases and working on my flash fiction. Plus the regular stuff like doing laundry, mowing the lawn, working out, visiting family and let’s not forget, having fun! (Having fun should always be a priority.)

I had a lot on my plate.

Even now that I’m out of school, I still have a lot on my plate. I have the shop now, and I still have a day job. And my various writing projects + all that regular stuff.

That means staying organized is incredibly important. And how do I do that?

The answer may not be revolutionary, but it is effective.

I make lists.

 This was my packing list for Saturday's Minne-Mile NightMarket Event. I surely would have forgotten something important without this little list. But I didn't, and the event turned out great! It was so wonderful to get out and meet new people.

This was my packing list for Saturday's Minne-Mile NightMarket Event. I surely would have forgotten something important without this little list. But I didn't, and the event turned out great! It was so wonderful to get out and meet new people.

You might be surprised how satisfying and effective a list can be. Not to mention multi-purpose.

Going to Target? Make a list of the things you need to buy. And then stick to it. You will save $$$. (I occasionally make this happen.)

Taking a trip? Make a list of all the things you need to pack. Then check the items off as you place them in your suitcase.

Getting ready for a big event? Make a list. This can be a simple To-Do List, or you can go all in and create a more elaborate Excel document or calendar.

When I was getting ready to launch the Vintage Modern shop, I made a list of all the things I had left to complete, created an Excel document and then I divided these tasks into groups, grouping about 3 tasks into each week. Not only did this keep me on track time-wise, but it also made my VERY long To-Do List seem doable.

And that is probably the best thing about making a list. Even when it seems like you have a million things to do, if you write it down on a piece of paper and then start crossing things off, you have a visual reminder that your gigantic list now has one less thing on it.

And it is a great feeling to drop it down from 1,000,0000 to 999,999. I mean that is a whole digit off your list, right?

Let’s Take Our Relationship to the Next Level…Come Shop the Vintage Modern shop in IRL!

the Vintage Modern shop, Women in Business, Minne-Mile NightMarket, Minneapolis vintage storePamela DeweyComment

Hi friends.

Whew. We’ve been busy. Our apologies for being a little MIA lately.

But we haven’t forgotten about you! We’ve just been busy scouting new-to-you vintage home décor, as well as refinishing more fabulous, vintage furniture.

We added another vintage dresser to the site last week. Our Stormy Sky Chic Upcycled Wood Dresser is painted and distressed with a light grey chalk paint. We also added some sparkly, crystal knobs to amp up that shabby chic factor. Grab it here for just $140.

We also have a beautiful buffet that is almost finished, and we are super excited to show it off.

Show it off we shall, and that’s where you come in. We know you love shopping online, but we also know you like to get out from behind that computer screen sometimes.

So if it feels like it's time to take our relationship to the next level, we have to say, we couldn’t agree more. 

The Vintage Modern shop will be selling our vintage wares, including furniture, clothing, accessories, home décor and a small crop of succulents, at the Minne-Mile NightMarket on Saturday June 3rd from 5-10 pm.

The event is hosted by the Minneapolis Craft Market, and along with our shop, there will be over 25 vendors selling vintage and upcycled merchandise. 

So don’t be shy! Come out to South Minneapolis on June 3rd and shop the Vintage Modern shop IRL.

And don’t worry, we always bring flowers. ;)

 This cute little cactus and other vintage merchandise will be available exclusively at the Minne-Mile NightMarket on Saturday June 3rd. See, we said we'd bring flowers?!

This cute little cactus and other vintage merchandise will be available exclusively at the Minne-Mile NightMarket on Saturday June 3rd. See, we said we'd bring flowers?!

3 Strengths that Help Women Crush the Business World

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Hi friends.

“For years, as I said earlier, I sort of fought the idea that women are ‘different’ than men…Hey, we’re all just people, and each one of us unique…I always resisted the notion that either gender-men or women-might possess inherent qualities that made it inherently ‘different’ or ‘better’ at business than the other. But as recovering research analyst, I always try to let the research speak to me, and when I started to drill down on these issues, what I found surprised me. The research shows that women do bring ‘different’ traits to the office that are good for business.” –Sallie Krawcheck Own It: The Power of Women at Work

I am with Sally here. I have also fought the idea women are inherently different than men.

I think it's safe to say many of differences between men and women are caused by how the differently our society treats men and women. (Like how we are paid differently, how our bodies are viewed differently, etc., etc.).

But if we accept that men and women are inherently different, we can reject the idea that women need to act like men to succeed in business.

In her book Own It: The Power of Women at Work, Krawcheck shares her experiences as the former CEO of Smith Barney and Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, as well as the current CEO of Ellevest. She explores how women can use their traditionally female traits to their advantage.

More specifically, she lists 6 strengths that position women for more business success than their male counterparts.

For this post, I focused on 3 strengths that resonated particularly with me.

1.        Women are better at relationships.

Krawcheck writes, “There is research to back up the claim that women are more empathetic, better connectors, and natural relationship-builders- all skills that matter enormously for success in business.”

Before I launched my business, I took a strengths assessment to determine my top 5 strengths. I thought learning my strengths would help me leverage these skills to build my business.

The assessment revealed my number one strength is empathy.

I use my empathy whenever I am thinking about how to improve my customers’ shopping experience. It is the reason I keep my prices low, as well as why the shop offers free shipping and free delivery.

2.        Women love to learn.

Krawcheck writes, “Increasingly, I’ve recognized that we women love to learn and that we do better at jobs which we’re acquiring new skills. We’re 57 percent of college graduates and 62 percent of master’s degree grads. And we don’t just love to learn; we’re also good at it: a recent analysis found girls making higher grades than boys overall.”

Like I said, before I launched my business, I completed an assessment to learn my top strengths, a move I thought would teach me more about myself.

But before that, I was working toward my master’s degree in Strategic Communication. I developed the idea for the Vintage Modern shop as a Capstone project for the program.

3.        Women are more risk aware. 

Krawcheck writes,“So what can women’s risk awareness offer to businesses? For one a lot more transparency. For another, a lot better decision-making. Our risk awareness not only means we make fewer mistakes, it also means we have a greater ability to dial back from the mistakes we do make. As leaders and managers, it means recognizing the difference between confidence and competence. It means us actively working to know our blind spots.”

The business and marketing plan I wrote for the Vintage Modern shop was incredibly thorough. My professor jokingly referred to it as “the Moby Dick of Capstone projects.”

I wanted to make sure I understood how much it cost to start a business. I also wanted to understand the market I would be entering, my competition and my target customer.

Evaluating all these things helped me figure out if my business could be successful.

Happily, I learned that the market wasn’t oversaturated, and my Moby Dick of a paper led to opening the Vintage Modern shop.

As previously mentioned, in her book, Own It: The Power of Women at Work, Krawcheck gives an additional 3 strengths women can use to their advantage in the business world. She also includes a lot of other useful information about succeeding as a businesswoman.

If that interests you, I would recommend grabbing a copy from your local library or bookstore

  

 Own It: The Power of Women at Work by Sallie Krawcheck

Own It: The Power of Women at Work by Sallie Krawcheck