Hi Everyone, we would like you to meet Jamie from Owl Really, one of our vintage sellers that you can see in person on Sunday.
Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I am from Louisville, KY but have called Nashville home for 6.5 years. I live in the up&coming Woodbine neighborhood and love it but I secretly dream of moving to East Nashville. I have an amazing full time job in which I get to interview musicians, spread the word about meaningful music, and share in so many fun experiences like music video shoots and tour rehearsals. I'm always looking for new adventures and that's how Owl Really found me!
Compared to others, I am pretty new to the handmade/vintage world. I have been devouring handmade/vintage blogs for about 2 years and have been so inspired to venture into this world myself. I am addicted to thrifting and finding good deals but I knew I'd become a hoarder if I didn't start selling my great finds! I opened my Etsy store, Owl Really, in September and have had 4 (woohoo!) sales so far. I'm really excited to take Owl Really "to the streets" and interact in person with others who are passionate about vintage items!
Have you always loved to create?
My mom is really creative and I've always been somewhat creative but never very focused. I'm a phase-girl; I jump from one obsession to another. I've done a little bit of painting (for my house and for gifts), I've done a little bit of crafting, I've done a little bit of sewing. I dabble in creating and love to try anything at least once. I think I've really found my calling in thrifting, though, and I love the opportunity to upcycle the items I find.
Where can we currently buy your creations?
My dream is to sell my items in person but until I get immersed in the art fair circuit, my items are available at OwlReally.com.
What is the story behind your business name?
It's a little inside joke and it might be one of those "you had to be there" things, but myfiancé, Andy, was helping his friend, Chris, go through some old boxes from when he was in middle school. Andy discovered notes that had been written to Chris from a girl who wrote "ow" instead of "oh"." She consistently wrote "ow really" and "ow my gosh." It was funny to us to replace "oh" with "ow" and it seemed like a natural transition to metamorphose it into "owl really." Later, I discovered the internet meme of an ASCII owl with "O RLY?" typed underneath it. It all comes full circle!
where do you get inspiration from?
Honestly, when I'm thrifting, I tend to think "Would Elsie (of Red Velvet Art) carry something like this?" I have to admit that I find it hard to not covet the new vintage store she just opened in Springfield, MO. I would love to take a pilgrimage to see it in person!
I also find mega-inspiration in Design*Sponge sneak peeks. I could look at house interiors ALL DAY. I love seeing how people express their creativity in their homes and I hope that I can provide items via Owl Really that help people express themselves in new ways.
What is your favorite blog?
Design*Sponge and A Beautiful Mess (Elsie of Red Velvet's blog)
and just for fun, what is your favorite picture book?
I can't think of a particular picture book, but the children's book that still delights me is "There's A Monster At The End Of This Book." I love how dramatic Grover is as he tries to stop the reader from flipping the pages because he's scared of the monster at the end of the book! The interaction and how Grover speaks to the reader is so innovative and fun.