Tiny Vintage Shop

Let's Chat with Stacey of Vintage Dollhouse Shop

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I had the privilege of talking with Stacy about her Vintage Miniatures. Stacy is very knowledgable when it comes to Vintage Miniatures as you will hear in this episode. You may also have recently seen the hashtag on IG… #Summerminifun. Stacy curated this challenge where each day on IG you posted a pic (miniature of real life) on your feed, where each day was themed. She had numerous giveaways and it was so much fun! I can’t wait until she does another one! Just a hint if you are listening to this Stacy! 

You can find Stacey on IG- her handle is @vintagedollhouseshop

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Hello friends, and welcome to my miniature obsession podcast. I'm your host, Rachel Karpf. This podcast is about all things miniature, we will explore the world of minis. And all its raw talent, dedication, patience, and the new energy of this art form. hear from miniature hobbyists and professionals from all over the world, we will gain a deeper insight into the creative processes that drive them. We will also explore what their biggest struggles are their most devastating failures, and the most uplifting successes, I hope to encourage and inspire you in your miniature hobby. Because even the ordinary become extraordinary in miniature. Nice to meet you, Rachel, nice to meet you. And thank you for coming on here today and talking minis with me. So always a fun conversation. So I have to say I came across your stuff on Instagram. I was like, you know, scrolling and then I saw your page and I it's one of those things where you stop and then you have to scroll back up because I love thrift stores, flea markets, things like that. And I'm like, Oh my gosh, a thrift store for doll houses. How cool is that? So I guess let's start. Can you tell us how you got started with this? Well,

Unknown Speaker  1:35  

like you I had some childhood exposure to miniatures. But that didn't last, you know, into adulthood, obviously. And then one day I was at this yard sale, and I looked down and there was this box of kind of broken miniatures. Um, and you know, dollhouse furniture like maybe bedroom furniture bed me or things like that. Not anything super special. But you don't often see dollhouse miniatures at yard sales. And it made me sad to see that these miniatures that had been obviously cared for for decades, were now in a broken box. And so I bought them and took them home. And that kind of started my miniature obsession to you know, quote, you're saying, and it Sorry, I'm petting my dog. She's looking like licking on me because I'm talking and it's confusing her. She went to your attention. Who am I talking to? Right? Usually, I'm talking to her.

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Um,

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but you know, so that's when I started collecting. And I collected for a few years. And then I had a life tragedy, which we won't go into depth today, maybe sometime. But it forced me to start selling off my dollhouse miniatures. And rather than being a sad experience, I got a lot of joy from it. I found that sending things that I found and treasured to other people was like sending them a little package of joy in the mail. And so after my life completely fell apart, and I had everything in my life change. I kind of went back to what had given me the most joy during this really tumultuous and tragic time. And realize that one of the bright spots was interacting with the miniature people who I sold miniatures to and I was like, wow, these are some really kind, awesome, creative, fun, community minded people. And I want to be more involved in that. That seems like a healthy mentally healthy thing for me. dollhouse miniatures really acted in part as therapy for me during that time. And I think like a lot of us when we can't control this greater external world miniatures gives us a way to have something small that we can hold in our hand and even for that moment, control, like it gives us some feeling of world makers. I love that. So yeah, that's how I kind of started and, um, so I have had a lot of different kinds of businesses in my career. I've done retail, I've done Etsy and online shopping before. And I found you know, that that I could continue to do that. And then so I started on B two years ago in July, and that's when I opened my Etsy shop, and at first I was mostly selling off my collection and now I purchased And buy other people's estates and help them find new homes for minis that they no longer can care for.

Unknown Speaker  5:09  

Okay, yeah, that was once going to be one of my questions is how do you find the miniatures? because like you said, You don't just go to Roman sailun Oh, there's a box of miniatures. I mean, I wish I could find that I, I try. So is it hard to find miniatures then to sell?

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Well, I have in the past focused on vintage miniatures. And just recently, I also started selling makers miniatures. So I'm working with some artists who want to make the miniatures but they don't want to actually run a business running online business. And so we're partnering so that they are making things that I put in my shop and I'm helping local manager as well. Not local but local to Etsy, and Instagram.

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Okay, it's kind of what I'm doing in my subscription boxes, I really want to give back and so I thought about having a featured artist every, you know, so often, so I can pay it forward for other managers too, because, like you said, it's such an awesome community, the manager were out there. It's just such a great community to be in. I totally agree with you on that one.

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we all benefit from a growing from the growth of the hobby, like I saw this morning on Instagram. One of the tick tock accounts that I follow MC makes minis is a woman who's re modeling her childhood doll house for her young daughter. And I think she has half a million followers on Tick tock, tick tock of people who have been excited to watch her make little things and build this dollhouse. Anyway, I saw her post this morning that the Boston Globe is coming to photograph her dollhouse That is right, like they're going to be on her and it's like, that helps all of us. Right. Like that helps turn more people on. To what, um, your Was it your grandmother in law? Yeah. Or turn one into? Yeah, my Yeah, I had a family member, right. Your husband? My husband's grandma. Yeah,

Unknown Speaker  7:26  

she was a manager. So she loves it. She loves to collect more than create. But yeah, I fell in love with her. I just do remember that day when she opened up the door because I've never met another minute dressed and she opened up that door and like my heart fell to the floor. Like I was so excited that oh my gosh, there's there are other weird people out there like me, because at the time, I knew no one that likes miniatures. So yes, that was definitely a day I'll never forget. So that's so amazing. You help other people too. So I did see that on your Instagram, that you you know, you had a few things on there. Like, do your commission work, things like that. So that's so awesome. So I have to ask what is like the best selling vintage mini What do people go gaga over?

Unknown Speaker  8:16  

Oh, that's a tough question. I try to curate items that that I would like to put in doll houses. So you know often what's in my shop is what I personally would pick or collect. So I often have a lot of German mid century modern dollhouse furniture when I really was getting into doll houses, so much of it was Victorian, and I don't want to knock the Victorian or the colonial but I really liked more modern pieces. And so I had to import most of what I wanted. And and I find people still love that. You know beautiful cool little lounge chairs from like the 1950s and 60s, you know, kitchen tables with actual Formica on top. Just things that really kind of harken back to those 1950s and 60s, really popular on the shop. Let me dollhouse furniture is always popular. That's a dollhouse brand that was made in Sweden. They are still active while they're reactive today. They were closed for a while. And their dollhouse furniture is not what we would refer to as 112 scale. It's a three quarter scale 116 we call it and you know, like the mid century modern lumbees dollhouse furniture provides more of a modern feel to the house. They really did a good job of taking things that were life size and trending at the time and making small versions of another dollhouse company. Go ahead.

Unknown Speaker  9:55  

I just gonna say Judy, my husband's grandma. She is loved that she must I've had, oh, I don't know, eight to 10 of those houses. She loved a Lundy's. Yeah. She loved that series

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people. There's some people who only collect one v lumbee has some associated lines with it like Lisa of Denmark was a similar brand as was Barton's had a Caroline's home. And that was a similar scale. And a bunch of those designs all eventually got bought by lumby, which is why you find similar trends over time. I have like three different one of the bathrooms on my shop right now. And like, one is blue tile. One is like red and orange tile. And the other is like wood paneling, you know, those are all just things that you would have found in the 70s. But they got a great vibe to them. And a lot of things that are out of the mass market today are mostly like pink and white. And so I have a lot of people who want the vintage pieces because of the vibrant colors.

Unknown Speaker  11:01  

For you said they're no longer Is that what you said? Are they still

Unknown Speaker  11:05  

there is lumbee today? Yes, they still make them they do make dollhouses today, they're different than the vintage ones in terms of style, but still, you know, a cool experience and, and their doll houses were made for children to play with. So they're kid friendly, in terms of like ovens that open and close and cabinets that open and close and how frustrating like you actually are a kid that wants to play with miniatures, and the cabinet doesn't open and you can't put anything in it. You know, like nobody wants that. You know, kids want stuff that works and opens and they did a good job of that. And that's, that's what's that.

Unknown Speaker  11:44  

And last because I get that with my kids toys these days. It's like they just break right away. It's not like when we used to have toys and they'd last forever.

Unknown Speaker  11:54  

Forever Forever. There is a company too. That made dollhouse furniture in the 1930s here in the United States and they're based in Moline, Illinois and they're called strome Becker, Tulsa tiny, you should talk to him he has like a wonderful collection of this company. Okay, anyway, their furniture was like solid wood but beautiful colors and it's still really held his its colors today. And you know, it actually came in a three quarter scale and a full one inch scale. So like I have a dollhouse that's like a turn of the century 1900s type dollhouse that I have almost completely furnished with strohm Becker three quarter scale. But then I've also used stone Becker pieces in my lundby dollhouse because I like to mix and match. I like to mix a bunch of different brands together. Kind of quirky. Yeah, I

Unknown Speaker  12:46  

see that like in your photos on Instagram. I love it. It just makes me your photos make it's kind of like I spy like Oh, look at that over there. Now look at that. I love I love your your feed on Instagram. Hello. Better. Yeah, I tried even like there was like this weird lag going on. And I tried to shut off my camera to see if that would help. I'm glad we're back. So yeah, I can always edit this. So I think we're we were as you were saying how you started with the vintage shop.

Unknown Speaker  13:23  

Right. So at the top of the show, you mentioned finding vintage dollhouse shop through the tiny thrift store. And you know, that kinda is born out of my own love of thrifting. And during COVID when I couldn't go thrifting I started thinking about how others might also be missing their thrift store shopping. So I created the tiny thrift stores a way for miniature enthusiasts just to be able to pop into the thrift store and browse around, maybe find something that'll work perfect for a project or maybe just enjoy the Browse. And so it's updated every Wednesday. So after we get off here I'll go redo the listing. It's the same listing every week, but on Wednesdays I deactivate it for a few hours, update it with new thrift store items and launch it between one and 3pm Eastern time. And I have people that wait for the thrift store to go live each week so they can pop in and you know take a browse and look around and enjoy some mini thrifting is that on Etsy Are you do that too? How do you how do I sell my it's on my Etsy shop Okay, so a lot of people they go to Etsy and they maybe bookmark it or favorite that that listing and so it's always at the same place but it'll be deactivated while it's being updated. So if you look for it, it's not there. You think there's no tiny thrift store. That means that the magic is happening.

Unknown Speaker  14:52  

Yeah, more things are being added. Awesome. So how do you know how to price a miniature I guess I've never really been Not at that, like, Oh, this is a really nice piece or you know this. How do you do you have books? Do you? How do you

Unknown Speaker  15:10  

make a really interesting question I, I listened to this podcast the other day about why we own things, why we have things. And they were talking about how they did a study where they put out a bunch of items, and they asked people what the value of these items were. And then the people all gave these pretty realistic numbers of what they thought the item was worth. Then they gave these items to the people and asked them again, what it was worth. And the people were all thought it was worth more than because now they owned it, it was worth more. So I point that out as kind of a constant, you know, a little challenge just to say, you know, sometimes you know, we overpriced something, because we love it so much. I'd much rather err on the side of someone getting a great deal on something, then, you know, and if it doesn't sell, then I probably price it too high. So I

Unknown Speaker  16:10  

don't know, though, like how, if you have a valuable piece, I wouldn't even know the difference. or would I I don't know, maybe I'll you

Unknown Speaker  16:17  

know, it's not really about that, for me, it's more about being able to get back my investment and to earn some money to live off up because I'll be honest, vintage dollhouse shop is my primary source of income, it's how I pay my rent, it's how I, you know, feed myself and Lily, how I you know, keep the lights on. And so I do need to make a return on my investment. But I'm not so worried about like, squeezing every value of dollar out of every item. So like if I sell an item and someone else turns around, and like resells it for three times what I put what they bought it for me awesome. I love that. Um, so I'm more about phrasing things so that it's, you know, a factor of what I paid for it. The important thing that people need to you know, remember about vintage stores is that we're holding inventory that we've invested money in. And but that inventory doesn't pay the bills. So our goal is to sell the inventory, and finding the right price to do that, but also at a price that people can collect. So that's why I carry a broad range of price items, you know, like I have a sofa, that's $124, it's an artisan maker sofa, to me, that is a lot of money to spend on a dollhouse miniature for someone else that might not be, but I also haven't have a sofa that's $20, actually less than less than $20 sofa on my shop. So I really try to provide a broad range of cost levels, because I don't think that miniatures should be cost prohibitive. And you know, there's so much that we can make ourselves. But my mission with vintage is that these things have been treasured for decades. Some of them are over 100 years old. And I see it as my responsibility to help take that little item and safely put it in its next chapter where it'll continue to be treasured for another long bit of time. And if someone decides they're done with it, they can give it back to me and I will do that, again, will help it find a new home. These things are not being made again, right? The you know, if I have a little pottery bowl, for example, from Germany from you know, 1920 there's not many of those that are left or that are like that, and so want to treasure it and keep it forward. And it goes also an environmental thing, right? If you can buy something vintage that something mass produced that you know, you're not feeding. So quite often we're you know, able to incorporate a lot of different great, you know, values into the miniature world.

Unknown Speaker  19:09  

Can you talk a little bit about Malin your misfits?

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Yeah, so my misfit program is kind of born out of that box of broken dollhouse furniture that I mentioned on the front end. Um, you know, what I, what I realized is that I always had a box of misfits sitting around that were like projects or things that needed to be fixed or repaired or that were broken bits of things. And eventually I got a lot of these and I started thinking about how they were kind of like a box of guilt of projects that I wasn't getting to. And so I created misfit Mondays as a way to kind of lessen my guilt load and get rid of projects and people loved it. Because it was a place for them to get super cheap dollhouse pieces that maybe just needed to be cleaned or a little repair or maybe to like, totally repurpose something and just use it as a place to get raw materials. So when I started misfit Mondays, it was a year ago. So we're in the second year now it was March of last year also during COVID. And now I have a program where people can mail me a box of their misfit of their broken pieces that they're not going to get to their projects that are just, you know, not feeling fun for them. And then I give a $10 store credit to cover the cost of shipping. And I put those items in with other misses this week was really fun. I did an Instagram Live. And some of my followers came on and helped pick which items they wanted to see in this week's misfit Monday. So we'll probably do that again. That's fine. I just talked about the Misfits, but it's great people repurpose them and they find value. It's hard for me to throw something many away. And my grandma always taught me that, you know, one person's trash is another person's treasure. And, you know, she had a basement full of treasures. Every drawer was full of treasures. You know, she saved every scrap of you know, wrapping paper, every scrap of fabric that came through the house, you know, bottles and that she used it all for crafting. So that kind of has inspired me and so the Misfits is a really fun way. And the different thing about misfits is there's a different listing every week. And so you can go back and look at previous week's misfit listings and see like what's still available on the shop and generally those get marked down and get put on sale.

Unknown Speaker  21:44  

You must have to be really organized because I can't you must have tons of stuff on your Etsy site. So my organization?

Unknown Speaker  21:52  

Yeah, I have about 400 active listings on Etsy. I try to keep between four and 500 active listings. Just to appeal to a variety of different tastes and styles in terms of the scales, right. Some people want super small, I actually have a lot more to list I always have more than what's on the shop. And right now I'm kind of trending into this new zone where I'm creating little shops within my shop. So in addition to the tiny thrift store, and my misfit Monday listings, I've all also recently launched a Little Red Rooster market, which is my listing that sells dollhouse groceries and market items so it's a little mini grocery market a bluesy market I call it that you can tap in we only play blues music and the Little Red Rooster market. And then I also have recently bought the Bitsy birch cottage which is like the first room box I ever made from scratch and like did paneling and stuff i have i've been more of a collector than a maker but I'm really working to try to balance that and also be more of a maker because I love I just enjoy it. So the Bitsy birch cottage is a place where I highlight shabby chic miniatures, some vintage that are repurpose and refinished. My neighbor actually tarnished Halo vintage is a real life sized vintage shop on Etsy. She during the pandemic wasn't able to sell big pieces of furniture because all the shops were closed. So she started refinishing my mini. She does you know three or four coats of chalk paint sands and between those waxing and they just come out soft and beautiful. She uses beautiful colors. And I'm also in the Betsy birch cottage featuring mini craft by Abba which is a Poland artists, post artists that I'm working with and she makes beautiful, tiny little doll houses for your dollhouse and little toys as well as beautiful floral summer reefs and she makes the best orchids that I've ever seen in the miniature world out of paper. So there's a few other shops coming. I do have the little copper kitchen also right now which features copper utensils that is getting a makeover. I'm in the process of creating my new proper space. And soon I'm going to have a sewing shop opening to honor my grandma, whose name was Dona and afford to be called Jonah's notion that is going to sell miniature sewing room and craft room items.

Unknown Speaker  24:41  

I have to say I think you have the best job in the world. It sounds so fascinating and what i what i would love about it is like looking at on Instagram at your cottage, like setting it all up, taking a picture rearranging things like to me that would be so fun. What is That one of your best

Unknown Speaker  25:03  

you know how you've talked about when you were young, you really enjoyed setting up the Barbie houses far longer than you enjoyed playing with Barbies. That was me too, right? Like, I love creating the little scene, and, you know, putting the items in and finding the items. I mean, that's why my vintage shop is a little bit different than others. Because I curate, I pick things that I like, and and I have a lot of different diverse tastes so it's not all just one, you know, farmhouse Mini, which I love. But I also have, you know, monitoring minis and you know, retro and colonial and just all different styles because it they just encapture they capture and encapsulate different time periods. And I think it's a way for us to kind of walk in history to

Unknown Speaker  25:59  

would you say most of your items are 112 scale

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um, probably 60 to 70% or 112 scale I do carry a lot of the 116 three quarter scale you know, like one brand that people really still like a lot is this spring called petite princess and they were put out by a company called ideal 1964 in 1967 it is a three quarter scale that works with a lumbee and they didn't make a lot of different styles but the furniture they made was really cool like a cheese lounge you know with little feet on it and you know a super cool like turquoise velvet kind of like tall modern wingback with a little footstool Ottoman that went with it. And so you know, I always try to have a little bit of that brand in the on the shop because I just adore it. And, and also, like I said, I really liked it early American stuff too, like the strohm backer, the solid wood pieces, which are, you know, just timeless and still have held up really great even though they're at nine years old.

Unknown Speaker  27:16  

So is there any pieces that come through that you're like, Nope, can't sell this, this is going to my collection.

Unknown Speaker  27:23  

I do that um, I have an area where I put things while I'm trying to decide if I'm going to sell them or not something's making into my collection for a while and I enjoy them and then I decided one day that I'm going to sell it That happens a lot or you know and I just do I just say oh you know this would look really cool on the shop because I do try to mix things into the shop with like different colors that are coming together different seasons and so sometimes the perfect item didn't make it to my shop is something from my own collection and then sometimes I put things on the shop and then continue to play with them until they're actually sold. So you'll see in my houses some things that are on the shop and listed now but they're getting used that's okay I will sell them and you know good condition and and I try not to say that there's anything that I won't sell because as I said at the at the top of this you know actually giving somebody selling somebody something that they truly love brings me so much joy, more joy that actually holding the item brings

Unknown Speaker  28:33  

How big is your collection? Like how many houses Do you have everyone boxes pretty large?

Unknown Speaker  28:39  

Well I have a really big house called the cat's house which is a double sided dollhouse it's from the 1970s artists and quality beautiful house that I actually saved it it was in full size house that sold and when the new people moved in this house was in a room and they didn't want it so I got it which was perfect I have yeah yeah I got it that one off offer up it had been on offer up for three days so I am not very many people look on offer up for doll houses. And I do have some Instagram people on here who are my followers who are in my market and we compete for like doll houses that are you guys, I got this one um I have a 19 and early 19 hundred's architectural model dollhouse. It's very shabby, perfectly shabby. That's a three quarter scale. I have a lease of Denmark modern house which I just got recently. It's a little beat up on the outside but the wallpaper is fantastic. I love it. I have a 1d dollhouse. Like I only have three stories. I sold one of the stories because it was the garage and I just one day decided to sell it I have a room box for my little Red Rooster market a room box for my Bitsy birch cottage a room box for my thrift store. And I also have a 1970s dollhouse to 1970s doll houses that I'm working on. One of them is going to become kind of a little mini mall with little shops in it, that are going to be real shops that you can shop. And then the other one might end up serving that purpose too. I haven't totally decided so I don't know how many that is I have another one be that I'm probably gonna sell because I just don't have room for it. And just last week, I gave a huge Victorian dollhouse to sweet tea studio, who lives about three hours away from me. And she came and picked it up and she's doing a random now starting around on Instagram that people should follow. Nice. Where do you live? I should have should have asked. I live in Florida. I live in Central Florida on the Gulf Coast. So we're in thunderstorm season today. And I know there's some thunderstorms getting ready to move in it might get loud outside. She lives a little north in Orlando. And it's a nice area to live. It's very good. I have the heat. I love heat though. I love I lived in Oregon for a long time and a lot of rain there and a lot of cool summers being so far north, so I'm actually really enjoying the heat. I'm originally from Illinois. Okay, so yeah, so I'm you know. And besides I decided if I'm going to live in humidity, I mean, at least we'll have the beach pretty close, like less than a mile from the beach as the crow flies. So I do get a kind of a nice coastal breeze here.

Unknown Speaker  31:50  

So in Florida, is there any good shows you can go to? Or maybe?

Unknown Speaker  31:56  

It's such a good question. Like I don't really know, because I only lived down here a few months before COVID hit. Okay. And I know that there's a Lakeland miniature show, I'm not sure what it is, I think it's like early spring like February or March or something that I'll probably do next year, or at least go attend to like I don't really sell it shows anymore. I used to do one in Oregon, but it's so much work and vintage items are just very fragile. And so to package them up and take them to a show and set them up on a table and then pack them up and take them home. It's just all chances for them to break. And so I try to be really careful with vintage miniatures, you know, after I photo them I pack them up into individual boxes, I label the boxes with a number so that they're for the most part packed away safe except for those few that I'm using.

Unknown Speaker  32:48  

I think I would have to keep everything it would be hard to part but maybe not. So can you talk what do you think so with a pandemic, the manager world kind of blew up what do you think the future of miniatures holds? Do you think it'll continue

Unknown Speaker  33:06  

I think that it's a good hobby that is becoming more cross generational I think that we I want to describe that is you know for a while everybody's all houses were in the attic right? You know, their their doll houses or grandma's doll house or mom sell houses. Those were in the attic, just gathering dust and the pandemic got people to go into those attics and go into those basements and pull those doll houses out and start thinking again, like hey, this would be something we can do at home. Miniature is not the only hobby that happened to I think that hobbies overall have experienced a resurgence that's you know, really good for our mental health. We've become a society in a culture where hobbies looking at our phones, you know, our hobby is posting on Instagram, which I love Instagram too. But actually having hobbies and things that we can build and create and get a sense of accomplishment from that's really good for ourselves for our self esteem for mental health. And if you're in a situation where you can share that with you know, like I share it with my four year old niece she loves coming over to Auntie Stacy's house and seeing my miniatures and she has her own doll house here she can play with and just being able to share that I think people are realizing like that's good, healthy fun. So I hope that it's going to continue and grow. I'm encouraged by all of the new shops that I see coming into Instagram or people that are launching their own miniature lions. I think that the more we can grow our industry, the more people will find us and find that miniatures are not just for doll houses. They're not just for girls. You know, they're not just for little old ladies like me. But what I'm seeing, you know, on my Instagram feed, although it is very heavy female, I'm sure you see the same thing on yours. When I look at the when I do the breakdown and I look at like the different ages, I see that more young men are getting into miniatures, right, like between their 20s and 30s. And they're doing you know, dioramas and mechanical miniatures and all these different versions of things that are tiny. But we love tiny, right? That's not gonna go away. It's that's a centuries old obsession. tiny things are cute.

Unknown Speaker  35:48  

And I think it helps having two shows on now. I know there's more, but the two that I've watched, you know, having the miniature shows on regular TV on NBC and HGTV, so that really helped. For sure. Well, I hope it continues to grow. Also. One thing, one last thing before we wrap it up, I wanted to talk about you just posted. I think today actually, it's very new. Can you talk about the little summer mini fun that you're doing?

Unknown Speaker  36:20  

Yeah, thanks so much for asking about that. But July 23, is the two year shopping anniversary for vintage dollhouse shop. But it's also, you know, a summer after last year, we didn't get much of a summer. So I thought it would be fun to bring that summer experience to Instagram and offer a monthly challenge of prompts that people could participate in to bring the summer to the Mini World and Instagram. So you know, offering prompts like family reunion, or you know, favorite chair, you know, grilling and chilling, and just little thoughts and ideas that we can share as a mini community. And my hope is that people will join, they'll follow the hash tag, but then they'll also go and follow the accounts that participate in the hashtag, like other people's posts, comment on other people's posts, and provide support and encouragement to the mini community because there's new people joining every day.

Unknown Speaker  37:25  

So when you like so chillin and grillin, grillin and chillin. That should be like a picture of a miniature scene, or just real like,

Unknown Speaker  37:37  

it could be either. I don't want to limit people to just doing miniature scenes because we also want to get to know each other. So if that particular day you're grilling and chilling with family, and you want to put a picture of you know, you and you know your grandma who introduced you to miniatures, or you know, your niece or something, you know, a member of your family, like share that it's it's, it's not about creating guidelines or limitations or rules. It's about you know, sparking inspiration and finding ways to share our lives with the mini community.

Unknown Speaker  38:11  

So awesome. I will definitely try. I love challenges. Sometimes if I miss a day, then I get down on myself, but I'll do my best because I'm a little. Yeah, what's what's inspiring. It's not meant to be a chore. I know. I know, I just I'm a little bit of a perfectionist. So I always get down on myself about the stupidest things. So to find that though, they would go to your Instagram page, vintage style house shop, and they'll see like all the listings every day of the month, or every day for the month of July. And then the hashtag is summer mini fun. Correct. And it's highlighted on my profile on Instagram. Okay, oh, yeah, I see that too. So anything else you want to add? Where else can people find you? Maybe your Etsy shop or anything else you want to share about your business are

Unknown Speaker  39:01  

you I'm also I'm also on tik tok. So if they're on tik tok, they can also look for his dollhouse shop. I'm on Pinterest. I haven't used Pinterest as much the last couple of years but I'm starting to use it more. I'm starting to use it more myself. So I'm posting more there. And I'm also have just started a YouTube channel.

Unknown Speaker  39:23  

Okay, awesome. Well, I love the concept of your business. It's so awesome. And I can't wait to see what else you come up with. I feel like you're so creative and other things that you do so

Unknown Speaker  39:36  

that's so sweet. Well, my mission is to help vintage miniatures find loving new homes. So the more people that can, you know, follow share, like my posts, you know, it's connecting me to more loving homes for my miniatures.

Unknown Speaker  39:50  

I love that. Well thank you for your time and share. I'll see you on Instagram. All right. Let me know if you need anything else. Have a good day. You To buy, buy. Hello, it's me, Rachel. And I'm back for another episode of my miniature obsession podcast. I'm so glad that you were here. Thank you. I was just sitting here thinking, I can't believe how a summer is almost over. You know, beginning of August, that means three weeks kids will be returning to school here in Wisconsin. It's so crazy. And even though I love the seasons, and I want my favorite season is fall, so you think I would be happy. But after fall comes the dreaded winter. And I asked my husband, why do we live in the frozen tundra.

Unknown Speaker  40:42  

And he just, he loves it here. I have a love hate relationship with winter. And I know that someday I will move where it's warm, I just know it. But I'm not gonna let that get that get me down because I have been on cloud nine today. And the reason being is I sent out my first subscription box this morning. It was so exciting. Because I've been creating and planning this for what feels like years, but really, it's months. But it's It was a long time, it was a lot of planning and creating, but I loved every second of it. So I was just really excited to get them out the door. So if you haven't heard, it's a subscription box that's delivered to your door every other month. And then inside you'll find fun and festive miniatures for your dollhouse. They will be seasonal though range from DIY projects, items to decorate the inside outside of your doll houses or miniature scenes with I'm also going to be doing a front door project and some of the boxes. And the most exciting part some of the boxes will contain creations from featured artists from around the world. This has been my favorite part, by far because I get to meet so many amazing people. So the next box was shipping October, I've already been planning and creating, it's going to be a themed Halloween party. Like game night is what I'm gearing it towards. I'm really excited. There's some amazing things that are going to ship in this box. So if you would like to find out more or order yours and get signed up so you can be on the list because it will be limited. I have to close the cards because as you know, miniatures take some time to make. And so I have to be really limited on the quantity that I send out. So if you'd like yours, simply head over to mini subscription box comm to get signed up. And also I wanted to tell you that I will be revealing this month this first box next week, so I didn't want to ruin the surprise for my subscribers. So I will be revealing that box next week. So head over to my Instagram my handle is at Mike drop managers. And you can see this month's box. I do have a few leftover that I made a few extras. So if you if you need one, please reach out. And I'll get you set up with that. So let's chat a little bit about today's episode. I had the privilege of talking with Stacey about her vintage miniatures as you'll listen Stacy very knowledgeable when it comes to vintage miniatures. She I could learn a lot from her for sure. And you if you've recently been on Instagram, you might have seen a hashtag of mini summer mini fun. Sorry, the hashtag was summer mini fun. So Stacy curated this challenge, where each day on Instagram you post a picture whether it be of miniature items or real life items on your feed, and each day was themed. It was so much fun. She had numerous giveaways from not only herself but other managers managers on Instagram. And I can't wait until she does another one. So Stacy, if you're listening to this Hinton's, it was fun. So you can find Stacy on Instagram her handle is at vintage dollhouse shop. So I hope that you enjoy this conversation that I had with Stacey and if you did, would you please share it with a friend and other managers let them have a listen also. And I would love if you could leave me a review. I'd love to. I just love to hear from my listeners. See what else that they would love to hear in this podcast. And also when you're there please don't forget to subscribe so you don't miss out on future. I can't talk tonight. It could be because it's one in the morning and I need sleep. But please don't forget to subscribe so that you don't miss out on future episodes. Alright, take care and I hope to hear from you soon.

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