We've been dying to share this! As a startup shop, blog....whatever we may be.... we are happy to be able to share another start up shop! "PearseRoad" is an Etsy shop started by Dory Cooper. Courtney met Dory back in high school and they've remained in touch ever since. In addition to sharing her Etsy shop with you, you'll soon be able to purchase her items through the Budgeted Bliss shop as well! We were able to ask Dory some questions so you can learn more about some fun vintage finds and what Dory's up to! Find our interview under, "read more". Let us know what you think!
(The interview was done during the summer, so things may be a littttttle off!)
Q: Hi Dory!
Q: How are you doing?
A: Great! Loving the summer and keeping very busy.
Q: How did you meet Courtney?
A: We went to high school together, but I do not remember the first time I ever met her. One of my first memories though is when we were in our theatre company’s costume room when I was a freshman. Courtney had on this bright yellow sweater and leopard print shoes and she was critiquing all of the costumes. I thought she was hilarious and
Q: What’s your favorite post or category on Budgeted Bliss?
A: I love to see the posts related to interior design. I think it awesome to see how simple items can really make a room look great. It has never been my forte, so I enjoy being inspired from the posts.
Q: You have recently started a shop on Etsy called PearseRoad. How did you come up with the name?
A: It’s actually the name of the street I grew up on. When I was creating my account, I was trying to come up with a simple and cute name. It was just the first thing that popped into my head and I chose it because it really means a lot to me.
Q: I love your style – you always make the cutest things work. How do you choose which items to keep and which to put in your shop?
A: Thrift-shopping is one of my favorite activities because I love to “save” the garment from a place where no one can see its potential. However, my closets are full and I can no longer keep holding onto these great pieces that I find. That’s why I decided to turn my hobby into a small business. I can continue my hunt and search for highly wearable vintage and I can share it with others who may not have the thrift-shopping gene. It is very rewarding when someone purchases one of my finds and tells me how much they love it. So when there is a piece that I love, I just try to keep thinking about how much someone else will love it or else I would keep everything!
Q: Do you style your models, or does your model (Mary) style herself?
A: Mary and I collaborated to come up with the looks for our photo shoot. Her sense of style is always wonderful and tends to match mine, so it came pretty naturally for the both of us to put the looks together.
Q: We’re excited to have you as part of our shop! What do you hope to gain from being on Budgeted Bliss?
A: I am very excited to! I’m hoping to gain more exposure, since it can be hard to get much attention simply on Etsy. The more items I sell, the more I can buy and my little shop/hobby can continue to grow!
Q: What types of things do you hope to add to your shop? Do you plan on making anything yourself or continuing with your vintage finds?
A: I would love to start adding jewelry because there are so many beautiful rings and broaches out there. I just need to find the perfect place to purchases vintage jewelry at a good price. I have been thinking for a while about what I could make myself to sell. I have always loved crafts, but I currently lack the confidence that my handmade items are worth
purchasing. If I ever come up with something that I think is great, I can guarantee you will see it on the shop!
Q: Any advice for our fellow budgeters on where to find adorable dresses that will make us look like model?
A: The best thing to do is to keep an open mind! You wouldn’t really think that your grandmother’s closet or a church consignment shop would have today’s trends, but that is where I find a lot of my favorite pieces. Trends are always coming and going and almost everything will come back into style some day. I do a lot of my shopping when I travel
to cities that do not have a huge fashion industry. For example, when I was in Alaska this summer I went to a big thrift store and found great skirts and dresses that would never have been available in Boston or Providence where thrift shopping is popular. My biggest secret: Go where the hipsters don’t.
Q: Thanks Dory! It’s always a pleasure!
A: Thank you! :)