Friday, April 22, 2011

Featured Etsy Designer -- Ashley, The Vntage Queen -- Plus a giveaway!

Coming across this Etsy shop changed our life. Okay, maybe it didn't really change our life but it certainly made it just a little bit more amazing! Ashley, the super-sweet Queen of Vintage is one of the nicest people we have ever worked with and we just can't stress that enough. She adores her customers and wants everyone to be happy when they shop at the Vntage Queen. We are so excited to share this shop with you and the beyond FABulous lady behind it! Read on to get all the details on the shop we have fallen in love with -- plus, win $50 to get your shop on! 








{1} Tell us a little about yourself, the true Vntage Queen. 

My name is Ashley!  I am a mother, full time college student, girlfriend and Etsian. I am a US Navy Veteran!  I served 4 years and was aboard two Destroyers, USS Stout and USS Gonzalez.  And yes did the whole 6-month out to sea bit! I am back in school for a second time!  It is quite a bit different being older (and yes wiser) and being a mother!  I originally planned to become an Earth Science teacher.  With all of the nation wide cuts lately, I have decided to follow my dream and become an Interior Designer.  Thanks to my Etsy shop, I now have the confidence to know I can do it and be great! 

I have always loved Interior Design.  I used to play Sims just so I could create and decorate the house!
I am a mother to Brianna (who I call Boopy), a cute and sassy little 4 year old!  She is amazing and a genius, literally.  My favorite part of the day is taking her with me on errands and she asks the most random person if they want to talk about dinosaurs.  She then will go on about every detail she knows (which is quite a bit).  She amazes me!

I am a girlfriend to my soul mate, Jeffrey.  He is so amazing!  He too is a veteran, Marine Corp.  Which I think helps us click better. We just get one another!  He is also a full-time college student and is Civil Service for the Air Force.

Jeffrey is super supportive and expects nothing from me.  He puts no pressure overhead just gives me room to grow.  I couldn’t ask for a better partner! 


{2} Where do you find the items in your shop? Flea markets, yard sales? We are dying to know where you score such awesome vintage treasures? 

I travel all over the state to find my goodies (as I call them).  I have three favorite places that I frequent each week.  Two are thrift stores and another is an antique shop.  The key to finding great vintage is staying away from big name and over browsed thrift stores.   It’s the hole in the wall, maybe in a not so great part of town places that have the treasures! 

I also love flea markets.  The flea markets in the country are the best!  You usually have the sweetest little lady that call you sugah, or honey! 

{Ashley's own wall of art collection}
{3} What made you decide to start a vintage shop on Etsy? 

I stumbled upon Etsy one day when I was researching an item I purchased.  Checked out a few stores and said, wow I can do this!  I have a collection of vintage items at home that all of friends have asked, “where in the world did you find this?” So I knew I could find great vintage pieces for a shop.  It was perfect timing too with being in school.  I didn’t want to work, but wanted a little extra spending money and voila, there you have Vntage Queen. 


{4} Do you have any personal faves in the shop currently? We do! All of them! 

Oh goodness, where do I begin?  Hold on, let me browse….

I absolutely love my goddess cocktail glasses.  I just think they are so different and amazing!  And my Moschino Cheap and Chic velvet skirt!  The pictures just do not do that piece justice.  It is amazing!
My two all time favorite pieces have sold though, the Lucite Pyramids and the Mid Century Horse lamp. Those are the two that I second-guess myself about selling. 

{cupcakeMAG fave: Fabulously Ornate Brass Candle Sticks, $38}
{5} What are your favorite Etsy shops?

I just recently ordered a bracelet from monpetitchouboutique.  It is super cute, nicely made and was packaged in the cutest box.  I also have a dinosaur necklace (thanks to my daughter and boyfriend) from ANORIGINALJEWELRY.  It is super cute!

My favorite vintage shops would be AMradiofabulousmessexperimentalvintageshavingkitsuppplies, and littlebyrdvintage.  And many more!  There are some really great Vintage shops on Etsy. 


{You may notice this Milk Glass Vase from our Birthday Feature on Pizzazzerie.com, $12}
{6} How would you describe your own personal decorating style at home? 

I like a neutral background with pops of uniqueness.  I want to be able to change with the seasons, with my mood or if I find a piece that is so amazing I need to redecorate to build around it. And I love pops of color!  I lean more towards Hollywood Regency and Oriental pieces for myself.



{All Things Vntage Queen}

Now, it is your lucky day! cupcakeMAG readers have a chance to win $50 to the Vntage Queen. Read on to enter and start marking your favorites now! 



Giveaway: Enter to win a $50 Gift Certificate to the Vntage Queen!




Enter now! Head over to Vntage Queen on Etsy and tell us what would fill your cart. This comment is mandatory. You also MUST be a follower of cupcakeMAG and cupcakeMAG for Littles! 

For extra entries you can do the following below and leave us a separate comment for each letting us know. The more you comment the better chance you have to win!

1. Follow cupcakeMAG on Twitter.

2. Follow Vntage Queen on Twitter. 

3. Make sure you "Like" us on our Facebook page.

4. Subscribe to our updates (top right corner above) - just sign up with your email!

5. Tweet about this giveaway and include @cupcakemag -- you must tweet, not just follow.

6. Tweet about this giveaway and include @vntagequeen -- you must tweet, not just follow. 

7. Write a blog post about this giveaway on your blog and send us the link.

We will select a winner via random.org on Friday., April 29th at 11pm. Please make sure you enter the mandatory comment first before doing the extra entries.

104 comments:

  1. I am totally in love with the "Vintage 1948 Framed Art Print Japanese Woman Fetching Water Gold Bamboo Wood Frame"

    (also, I am a a follower of cupcakeMAG and cupcakeMAG for Littles)

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  2. I follow cupcakeMAG on Twitter. I am @purplelarkspur

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  3. I f ollow Vntage Queen on Twitter. I am @purplelarkspur

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  4. I tweeted, and included @cupcakemag

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  5. I Tweeted and included @vntagequeen

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  7. Follower of both blogs via GFC - Atoxim

    I adore the Boudoir Beaded lampshade and the Etched Glass Display Box

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  8. Following cupcakeMAG on Twitter - Atoxim

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  9. Following VntageQueen on Twitter - Atoxim

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  11. I follow both blogs (megancrose at gmail dot com)

    I would buy the Vintage Etched Display Box, Vintage Brass and Enamel Dish, and the Vintage Teal Glass Wired Canister. Beautiful.

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  12. I follow CupcakeMAG on Twitter (megancrose)

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  13. I follow VintageQueen on Twitter (megancrose)

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  14. I like CupcakeMag on Facebook (www.facebook.com/megan.crose)

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  15. I subscribe to CupcakeMag email

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  16. GFC follow back
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    Vintage Silver Salt and Pepper Shakers
    Vintage Blue Mountain Pottery Rearing Horse
    Vintage Copper Chief Salt and Pepper Shakers

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  19. Liza767 [at] roadrunner [dot] com
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  20. Thanks for sharing this store! I love the Thinking Man bookends and the Vintage Rose Wood mail sorter.

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  21. I follow cupcakeMAG on twitter.
    @Chelyea

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  22. I follow Vntage Queen on twitter.
    @Chelyea

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  23. I subscribe to your email updates.

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  26. I'm a follower of both. I want the Vintage Mid Century Modern Austrian Brass Candlesticks from her etsy shop.
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  27. I like you on FB.
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  28. Oooo, I might get the french liquor set! There are a lot of things I like though. :)
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  29. I am in love with the Vintage Cowhide Leather Brown Attache. It's perfect!

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  30. I liked CupcakeMag on facebook!

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  31. I would get the Metal Golf Ball Basket and the Instant Collection Mini Bottles!

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  32. I'm following you on Twitter!

    @ElfRenee

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  33. I'm following Vntage Queen on Twitter!

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  34. I love the Vintage Amethyst Iridescent Glass Vase, thanks!

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  35. I subscribe to your updates via email!
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  36. I love the Vintage Instant Collection of mini Glass Bottles. I'm a new follower of both your blogs. :) If I win (and I hope I do!!), you can contact me through my Etsy shop:

    http://agentjane.etsy.com

    or leave me a comment on my blog:

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  37. I'd fill my cart with the Purple Quartz Globe and Antique Brass and Copper Velvet Lined Jewelry Box. They are so sophisticated and lovely :)

    Ria
    rottenrapture@gmail.com

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  38. Following cupcakemag on twitter

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  39. I'd love to get the vintage signed oil painting!

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  40. Following vntagequeen on facebook

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  41. Liked on facebook

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  42. following you on twitter @mrsclutterbuck

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  43. following vintage queen on twitter @mrsclutterbuck

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  44. I like the glass dome

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  45. I follow Vintage Queen on twitter

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  46. I like your fb page

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  47. I subscribe to your updates

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  48. Love the Vintage Made in Italy Oval Mirror:)

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  49. Like you on fb:)

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  50. E-mail subscriber:)

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  51. Love the vintage marble mortar & pestle!
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  52. I would get the Collection of Vintage Silver Plate Soup Spoons and Vintage Brass and Enamel Dish!
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  53. I like you on fb!
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  54. I would get the Vintage White and Silver Noritake Sugar Bowl and Teapot.

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  55. I follow you on twitter.

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  56. I follow Vntage Queen on Twitter.

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  57. I like you on FB.

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  58. I subscribe to your email updates.

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  59. Tweet with Cupcake Mag tag

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  60. Tweet with Vntage Queen tag

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  61. i like the Vintage HUGE Brown Glass Apothecary Bottle and the spring letter press block

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  62. The vintage metal golf ball holder is fun, and I like the milk glass, too.
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  63. I follow google connect "anash"
    Thank you kindly.
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  64. I follow google connect "anash" for littles
    Thank you kindly.
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  65. I love the Vintage Art Deco Brass Cordials..Thanks for this splendid giveaway
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  66. I subscribe via email
    Thanks for the shot at winning your contest!
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  67. I follow you on twitter @anashct
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  68. I follow them on twitter @anashct
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  69. I tweeted at http://twitter.com/#!/anashct/status/63052491029352448
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  70. I tweeted at http://twitter.com/#!/anashct/status/63052372380884992
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  71. that vintage metronome is awesome! what a great shop!

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  72. i follow cupcake mage on twitter (bethtroncoso)!

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  73. i follow vintage queen on twitter (bethtroncoso)!

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  74. i love the Vintage Etched Brass Bud Vases and i also love the Vintage Brass Lion Ashtray Dish

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  75. i'm following cupcakemag on twitter as ravencolours

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  76. i'm following vntagequeen on twitter as ravencolours

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  77. i "liked" cupcake mag on facebook as kate s.

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  78. i have subscribed to your e-mail updates

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  79. i tweeted the contest @cupcakemag http://twitter.com/#!/ravencolours/status/63100370964070400

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  80. i tweeted the contest @vntagequeen http://twitter.com/#!/ravencolours/status/63100370964070400

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  81. Tough call! Probably this (http://www.etsy.com/listing/64733717/sale-vintage-1970s-greek-mini-caftan) and this (http://www.etsy.com/listing/72189341/vintage-pedestal-brass-dish) — but everything is totally snazzy. I follow both your blogs.

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  82. I love the Vintage Shabby Chic Hand Carved Wood Floral Frame! I am also a follower of both blogs!

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  83. Those amazing Thinking Men Bookends are to die for!!! And Ashley is awesome too :0)

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  84. I am also now following Cupcake on Twitter under MTheoryClothing on Etsy :0)

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  85. Since Ashley is a teamie of mine on Etsy, I am already following her on Twitter :0)

    Thanks! Christine

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  86. I'm a Google Friend (follower): Cori Westphal
    And I love the Vintage Brass Milk Jug Style Vase!

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  87. I follow you on Twitter @coriwestphal

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  88. I follow ashley on Twitter @coriwestphal

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  89. I follow you on Twitter @coriwestphal
    Tweet: http://twitter.com/coriwestphal/statuses/63657386338037761

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  90. I follow both blogs and I love the Vintage White and Gold Dessert Pedestal Arnart Creations!


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  91. I follow you on twitter - smartbottomkids

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  92. I follow Ashley on twitter - smartbottomkids

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  93. I would love the tea set in my basket

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  94. Follow Vntage Queen on twitter

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  95. I subscribed to Cupcakes updates

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  96. Tweeted about the giveaway and Cupcake magazine

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  97. I would have to have the horse hook and the globe@
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  98. I would really like the Vintage Instant Collection of mini Glass Bottles for my mothers kitchen window. I also would like the mother goose pictures for my sisters baby's room. ambrerose at(aol) dot(com)

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  99. i love the .Vintage Found Lamp Part Repurpose Picture Holder

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