Irridescent Carnival Glass Teacup - Normandie (Bouquet and Lattice) Pattern $10
Q. Tell us a little about yourself:
I am a theatre design specialist and I've been designing costumes and sets for over 20 years. I like to collect vintage items to re-use and re-purpose and I've been using recycled materials in my designs whenever/wherever possible since I began.
Q. When did you first start to sell depression glass?
I opened my Etsy shop Manique Depression Boutique in April last year to help clear out some space and keep the treasures I don't have room for out of the landfill.
Q. Please describe your items in detail. What's your favorite type glass/antique?
The glass in my shop is all vintage and mostly antique. I am fascinated by very old, very fragile things that have traveled through the years and remain beautiful. I am particularly fond of colored glass and pressed patterns that were considered inexpensive, daily-use dishware and now seem quite elegant and extravagant.
6 Inch Candlestick in Green - Moon & Star $15
Q. How has your stock evolved from your pieces?
I have found that having a shop on etsy allows me to pick up special finds that I might have left behind in the past so that I can help them find a home. I am now able to learn more about patterns and companies that I wasn't familiar with through my own personal collection.
Q. Where do you buy your items?
I find my items at garage sales, thrift stores and even the trash sometimes. I have friends and acquaintances that will either give or sell me items or have me sell the items for them.
Q. Where are your products sold (online/stores)?
Currently I am selling my glassware through my Etsy shop. I am working toward getting a gallery opened with a friend who re-sells architectural salvage and furniture called "Simone's Vision Garden" as well. We will offer all sorts of architectural elements and home furnishing with a gallery full of displays adorned with antiques and glassware. I'm very excited about the possibilities!
Large Irice Perfume/Cologne Bottle - Art Deco - Art Nouveau $49
Q. What advice can you give other vintage sellers when selling their items?
Learn as much as you can about the pieces you find and share it with your potential buyers. Half the fun is learning the history and collectors are usually very intrigued by it as well!
Q. Describe yourself in three words:
Energetic, artistic & detail-oriented (does that count as four?...)
Q. Is there is anything else you'd like to share with us?
I opened Manique Depression Boutique to help me keep my other etsy shop, Tranzendental Arts , focused on handmade, original designs and vintage clothing. I have a hectic schedule working in the theatre acting, directing and designing. I feel like I've found the perfect "day job" in offering my creations and finds through these shops and love working for myself and meeting more artists and entrepreneurs along the way.
Block Optic Teacup - Green with Angled Scroll Handle or Pointed Handle $9
To find out more about Manique Depression, you can find them online at the following places:
Manique Depression on Etsy
Tranzendental Arts on Etsy
Tranzendental Arts own website
This post was contributed by Heather of Texas Vintage Things.