How long have you been in business?
Since February of 1999.
What motivated you to go into the vintage & vintage pattern business?
I love the fashions of times past. Back then clothing was made to last and great care was taken in the construction of clothing. I also enjoy sewing with vintage patterns and modern patterns. Sewing allows me to show my creative side. As a plus size woman I like being able to get exactly what I want when I sew. Why pay a fortune for a dress I don't love and that doesn't fit me right? I can custom fit my own clothing and pick out exactly the fabric I want to get the look I want.
What did you do before this?
I worked for the phone company for 20 years and then retired. I then worked as a medical transcriptionist at home for 6 years after I had my daughters. I started out selling their party and holiday dresses and then fell in love with vintage clothing again. I used to wear vintage clothing when I was in high school.
Where are you based?
My shops, Born Too Late Vintage and Born Too Late Vintage Patterns are based at http://specialistauctions.com. I'm the vintage and antique clothing moderator there as well. Physically, I'm in northeastern Pennsylvania.
More fun questions:
What's the weirdest/best/craziest/most beautiful thing you've ever
What do you have in stock that you can't believe hasn't sold?
I have a variety of mens and ladies fedoras that are in just beautiful like this one.
What do you dream about finding?
I'd love to find a Claire McCardell. My mom was born and raised in Frederick, Maryland, the home of Claire McCardell and I definitely feel a connection with Ms. McCardell.
What do you enjoy most about working with vintage patterns?
When I'm working with patterns I'm listing I really enjoy it when there's a scrap of fabric in the envelope from the former owner or when the former owner has made some notations on the envelope or a piece of paper inside the envelope about what the pattern was purchased for or how the fit of the dress was. That's a treasure to me.
What do you wish someone would ask you about your site?
Why I am selling on Specialist Auctions rather than another site.
It's a good day at work when …
I've been able to get my listings done, sold a few things, received some positive feedback and of course being mentioned on A Dress A Day.
If I ran the internet for a day I'd …
Get rid of the pornography.
The blogs I read (other than ADAD) are …
You'd laugh if you knew this about me …
I adore Tom Jones and Sean Connery. Could I have been a Scottish or Welsh lass in my past life?