It’s no secret to those around me that I like vintage! I also like to shop online! So today I’m going to merge those two ideas together to tell you about a delightful Vintage Shop I found on Etsy. Let me introduce you to Harriett Kroplinski, the shop curator for Sobells Boutique…
(1) Harriett, tell me a little bit about who you are.
I am a southern lady born and raised in Greenville, SC, in the Upstate South Carolina, very close to the Blue Ridge Mountains.
I have three children and three adorable grandchildren. My grandchildren call me Grammy. I wanted to be called Mimi but that is not what they wanted, so Grammy it is! Grandchildren always get their way with grandmothers!
My background is in the beauty industry for over 30 years. I am a licensed esthetician. I was previously a salon owner. The name of my salon was Sobells. It means to me, so beautiful. So that is where I got the name of my Etsy shop.
My favorite activity when I am not working on my Etsy shop is sewing. I have the most pleasant memories of sewing with my grandmother. She taught me how to make doll clothes. Some of those I still have to this day. I have made it my mission to share those special moments with my two granddaughters. This past summer we made American Doll furniture and handbags. I want them to cherish those special memories of me as I hold dear of my grandmother.
(2) What made you decide to open an Etsy Shop?
After I retired from the beauty industry I started to frequent antique shops and estate sales. My goal was to start a collection of vintage especially from the 1950s and 1960s. I have always treasured the long gowns, the hoop skirts, the gloves, the hats, the jewelry and the elegance of vintage from that period. Realizing my collection was growing day by day, I knew I wanted to share my findings. That was the beginning of SobellsBoutique at Etsy.com.
(3) And why did you decide to sell vintage items?
I can sum this up in one word. Nostalgia! I grew up when life was less complicated than it is now. I have such fond memories of the past and my vintage takes me to that place. When I am shopping for my Etsy shop, I am looking for items that will bring fond memories to someone and touch that person personally. You see, vintage isn’t just selling old things! It is so much more than that and behind every piece is a story. It is fascinating to explore the history behind each treasure. Vintage is one of a kind that can never be replaced! It is to be loved and cherished!
(4) What has been your biggest challenge and/or biggest reward since you became an Etsy shop owner?
Selling vintage has been very rewarding. I have found that Etsy is a unique community of sellers both for homemade items and vintage. What makes it so special are the other sellers. Etsy is made up of teams where we share ideas and give each other support. Everyone will have an off day occasionally but on Etsy there is always a listening ear and lots of help.
The biggest challenge to me has been patience. Allowing my shop enough time to develop and to be found by people interested in what I’m selling.
(5) Do you have a special vintage item in your personal collection?
One of my favorite vintage items that I have collected is this crystal Czechoslovakia miniature perfume bottle. I acquired this perfume bottle in the 1970s. I have always been drawn to fancy vintage perfume bottles. This perfume bottle is cut lead crystal. The stopper has been etched in a floral design. It is so delicate and feminine.
Crystal Czechoslovakia Miniature Perfume Bottle
(6) Do you promote your shop with social media?
Yes, I do promote my shop on social media. Sobellsboutique can be found on the web at:
Thank you, Harriett, for the wonderful interview. It was great to learn more about you and your shop. Wishing you much success with your vintage shop on Etsy!!
12 thoughts on “Sobells Boutique — It’s All About Vintage”
- JD at ThirdShiftVintage.com| October 26, 2016 at 11:35AM
I’ve enjoyed this interview and seeing all the photos. You have a fun shop, Harriett – I especially love the rhinestones!
Thanks for introducing me to this shop, Mrs. A!
- Mrs. A.| October 26, 2016 at 11:47AM
You are welcome for the introduction, JD. Harriett has such a wonderful vintage shop.
- Harriett Kroplinski| October 26, 2016 at 3:47PM
Thank you so much, JD. I really enjoyed the interview and working with Mrs. A.
- Elise at VintageCarolina.etsy.com| October 26, 2016 at 3:19PM
I’ve loved checking out Harriett’s shop. She definitely has an eye for feminine vintage items.
- Mrs. A.| October 26, 2016 at 4:31PM
Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting, Elise. I agree that Harriett has a good eye. I really love the vintage hats in her shop.
- Mimi| October 26, 2016 at 4:54PM
Harriett, your shop is lovely. I enjoyed your interview and learning a little more about you. Best of Luck to you!
- foxann| October 26, 2016 at 6:22PM
What an awesome interview, Mrs. A!!
Harriet, I loved hearing your story and getting to know you a little better. Your shop is beautiful and I wish you all the best : )
- Mrs. A.| October 26, 2016 at 10:07PM
Mimi and FoxAnn, thanks for stopping by the blog. I’m glad it gave you a chance to get to know Harriett and learn about SobellsBoutique.
- Linda Stanchik| November 2, 2016 at 2:48PM
Finally got a chance to stop by and read the interview – love it! I enjoy hearing other people’s stories and their inspirations. Good job Mrs. A and Harriet, I love your shop.
Have a great day!
- Mrs. A.|November 2, 2016 at 10:58PM
Thank you, Linda.
- Joanne| November 6, 2016 at 5:57PM
Nicely done… And a lovely shop!!
- Mrs. A.| November 6, 2016 at 10:45PM
Thanks, Joanne. Harriett does have a very nice shop!!