Wednesday, September 22, 2010

We all Have Baggage: UPcycled Vintage Luggage for the UniquE & the GeeK

Once a day I will troll my newest tweet-hards to see what they do for a living or for fun or whatever.  Yesterday I was stalking @getreadysetgo I came across her shop on Etsy:        

http://www.etsy.com/shop/GetReadySetGO

Immediately fell in love.

Per the Etsy description, she sells items that are:

"UPcycled, refurbished, transformed Vintage Luggage. All artwork hand drawn & crafted by me, Rachel. "

Upon further inspection (read: trolling the internets) I was overjoyed to learn that my sister Colleen's long lost Best Friend of many years, Rachel Braboy (nee Demsick) is said artiste!

Broooooooding Artiste


The Interrogation:

Kelly: What is your background (pretend I don't know) and how did it lead you to such a specific job/hobby/passion?

Rachel: Born and raised in the suburbs of Detroit, MI. and somehow got myself graduated from high school in spite of my severe "artist depression."

K: Yeah, I remember you being a moody little teenager.

R: Some things don't change.  In college I dabbled in photography, drawing, psychology and sociology.  I always have been determined to create a job where I could listen to music all day long, make my own schedule and make some cash-money as well.  I've never been the type to settle for anything that i wasn't passionate about. I'm determined. When i want something i will get it so please do not get in my way.

K: What is it that you DO? 

R: I SCOUR the planet for bags, train cases, suitcases etc. I clean them up - a makeover if you will - to bring out their best qualities. I outfit my model, take the best possible pictures I can and then list them on Etsy.com.  All of this in hopes of getting my customers to not be able to LIVE without owning something from my shop.


K: SAUCY. How do you ensure the quality of your product?  They are vintage after all...

R: I am picky, to the point of annoying. I do my very best to describe each piece to the FULLEST! I am really sensitive to smells- CIGARETTE SMOKE IS NOT A VINTAGE SCENT PEOPLE- i cannot stress that enough.

K: What the hell is Etsy?

R: Everything you could ever imagine under and over the sun.
     Tempting things you may never need but find yourself buying.
     Satisfying any style.
     Yes this is lame, but you'll see what I mean.

K: Was that a Haiku? Never mind. 

What sort of special artsy fartsy stuff do you add to the luggage to make it your own?

R: Whatever the people want.  I love antique skeleton keys, a good quote, initials and lots of my customers like flowers and animals so I go with it.  I LOVE taking custom orders and drawing logos. these are challenging but I welcome them.

K: How long have you been doing this and how has growth been?

R: Going on my 3rd year and the growth has been mind-blowing. a good way to explain this is that while pretty much every person in our country is being affected by our horrid economic state my sales have just been increasing. I haven't felt the blow at all.

K: I hate you.  You mentioned you are the first person on Etsy to have sold vintage luggage with an added artistic touch...is that a big advantage?

R: It made a name for my shop before i even knew it! I don't mean to sound cocky.

Kelly: Yes you do.

R: Have you met the back of my hand? Grr. Anyway, it really took me by surprise. I get e-mails from people I don't even know telling me how they saw a vintage piece of luggage and immediately thought of me. It sounds small but it's a HUGE compliment. Who knew?!?!  Certainly NOT me.

K: What bag are we gonna give away????

R: this little gem:


All details about this dope bag HERE.  And remember that Rachel will personalize it for you!

There are lots of ways to enter and each entry will give you a better chance at winning so lets get on with the different ways you can participate...

TO ENTER
● "Like"my blog HERE
●  Follow me on TWITTER
●  Follow GRSG's Blog HERE
●  tweet about this GIVEAWAY
●  blog about this GIVEAWAY


Leave me a comment below letting me know all of the ways that you've entered. Also, make SURE to include your e-mail address so we can contact you should you be the winner:)

Ends Wednesday September 29th.  Winner will be announced on both blogs, Twitters, Facebooks, Faxes, Carrier Pigeons etc..
*THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED*

122 comments:

  1. I follow rachel's blog! :D
    virtuebathandbeauty@gmail.com

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  2. I like you on facebook
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  3. I tweeted about this giveaway @virtuebusiness
    virtuebathandbeauty@gmail.com

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  4. I blogged about this contest.
    http://measuremeprecious.blogspot.com/2010/09/jump-on-it.html

    virtuebathandbeauty@gmail.com

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  5. I followed GetReadySetGo's blog and tweeted about this giveaway.

    My email is iheartbeads@yahoo.com

    Thanks so much!

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  6. Already follow Rachel's blog!

    faith@ordinarymommydesign.com

    Thanks a bunch!

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  7. Tweeted!

    http://twitter.com/OrdinaryMommy

    faith@ordinarymommydesign.com

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  8. I liked, followed and tweeted. Couldn't believe it - I have hearted Rachel's shop for ages :) Fingers crossed.

    quirkz88@hotmail.co.uk

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  9. Wot cool bags! Have joined on facebook and retweeted this for you hun :o) xXx

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  10. following on twitter! @thecuttingetch
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  11. Liked on FB!

    Doniree at gmail dot com

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  12. Tweeted! http://twitter.com/doniree/status/25303638050

    doniree at gmail dot com

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  13. followed on twitter! (@doniree)

    doniree at gmail dot com

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  14. I follow/heart the shop :)

    doniree at gmail dot com

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  15. Blogged about it! (Can you tell I want this bag?!)

    :)

    http://girloutloud.com/2010/09/23/vintage-luggage-bag/

    doniree at gmail dot com

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  16. I like your blog on Facebook - I'm Amanda Moore
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
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  17. I follow your blog on Twitter - I'm @AmberGoo
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
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  18. I tweeted about the giveaway: http://twitter.com/AmberGoo/status/25308097616
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
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  19. I follow GRSG's blog with google friend connect
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
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  20. I like you http://www.etsy.com/shop/Sumikoshop

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  21. twitted http://twitter.com/SumikoShop/status/25310645965

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  22. Liked your blog on facebook. :)

    Randi Moulton
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  23. Following GRSG's blog. :)

    Randi Moulton
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  24. I follow you on Twitter
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  25. liked your blog on Facebook
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  26. I "like" Kelly on facebook.
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  27. I'm a Twitter follower.
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  28. Following GRSG's blog
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  29. the shop is one of my etsy favs
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  30. following on twitter
    jhitomi
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  31. Rachel's shop is fantastic! Thank you both for giving us the chance to win one of her lovely creations. :)

    I liked you on Facebook

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  32. I follow you on Twitter via @hellcatvintage

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  33. I now follow Rachel's blog

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  34. I'm following you on twitter!

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  35. Added you on Twitter! @malkatz

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  36. Following you on Twitter (@glasscastle)
    That bag is AMAZING and I would carry it everyday. Hello lovely!

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  37. Follower of GRSG blog with GFC (oona)
    Radness!
    Thanks! foxsquirrelrabbit at gmail dot com

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  38. Tweet:
    http://twitter.com/glasscastle/status/25341344250
    Thanks! foxsquirrelrabbit at gmail dot com

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  39. I liked Rachel's blog on fb

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  40. i follow on twitter

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  41. tweeted!

    http://twitter.com/hellcatvintage/status/25345835193

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  42. I follow the blog!

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  43. I 'liked' your blog! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  44. Any giveaway with something of Rachel's is a great one!

    I "liked" your blog. :-)

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  45. I am now following you on Twitter!

    http://twitter.com/Flowerleaf_Art

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  46. I am already a follower of Rachel's blog - and an awesome one it is! :-D

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  47. Tweeted about this giveaway!

    http://twitter.com/Flowerleaf_Art/status/25357275677

    jocelyndpryor(at)yahoo(dot)com

    (Thanks for this giveaway and the interrogation was so much fun to read!)

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  48. i 'like' your blog on FB. :)
    jill roberts

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  49. i follow gsrg (via gfc).
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  50. Already following Rachel's blog!
    love love love her bags <3
    ~ randomonymous(at)gmail(dot)com

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  51. I liked your blog on Facebook.
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  52. I also twittered about it here:
    http://twitter.com/LaVieDeRose

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  53. ciao~

    let's see...
    "liked" your blog on FB (andi shelton)
    now a tweeter follower (raleigh vintage)
    now following GRSG blog (raeigh vintage)

    raleighvintage {at} gmail {dot} con

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  54. i tweeted about the giveaway! (alicia_nieto)

    aliciamnieto at yahoo dot com

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  55. Can I just buy the bag now?! haha! I follow you on twitter @MsKellyIrene. Thanks for the non-boring interview (I actually read it)!
    irenedesign@ ymail.com

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  56. I tweeted this (@MsKellyIrene) but I have to admit I didn't want to...I want that bag!
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  57. Liked your blog

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  58. Twitter follower

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  59. I liked your blog on Facebook-Rae Pavey
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  60. follow on twitter @throuthehaze
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  61. I absolutely adore (if I could make that bold and underlined, I would!) that bag!

    I like you on Facebook.

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  62. I follow GRSG's Blog.

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  63. Following GRSG's blog via GFC

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  64. Tweet! Tweet! Following you...

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  65. I'm following you on twitter!!

    @ love for dinner

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  66. I'm following GRSG's blog via GFC
    -cherie

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  67. I'm following you on twitter @ohmydarlingblog

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  68. Following you on Twitter and Tweeted!

    http://twitter.com/#!/peasebstudio/status/25511474468

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  69. I tweeted about it as http://twitter.com/jenni20designs

    YAY!

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  70. Have always followed GRSG on Twitter, but now I follow you, too! :)

    as jenni20designs

    :)

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  71. I liked your blog on Facebook

    thursday@mygirlthursday.com

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  72. I now follow you on Twitter as well!

    thursday@mygirlthursday.com

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  73. And I follow the GRSG blog too!

    I wanna win that bag!!

    thursday@mygirlthursday.com

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  74. i "lik" you on FB as:casey Lee flick :)

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  75. i follow the GRSG blog via GFC :)

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  76. twitter follower @MissLeeThatsMe

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  77. tweeted :)

    http://twitter.com/MissLeeThatsMe/status/25531254906

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  78. I like your FB page ~ Silver Bella
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  79. twitter follower ~ @silverbella11
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  80. Following GRSG's Blog ~ Silver Bella
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  81. tweet @silverbella11
    http://twitter.com/silverbella11/status/25541896609
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  82. I follow GRSG!

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  83. I'm following on twitter-@flyingaceetsy

    arryder@gmail.com

    I just LOVE your shop Rachel! Keep up the awesome work!

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  84. I follow Rachel's blog.
    sammybigtoesure@gmail.com
    P.S. the bags are so wicked, i hope i get to score this goody.

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  85. I follow you on twitter! thelittlereddoor@yahoo.ca

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  86. ● "Like"my blog - done!
    ● Follow me on TWITTER - done!
    ● Follow GRSG's Blog - done!

    Love her stuff!
    Rach@balancedcrafts.com

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  87. I follow GRSG's blog :) thelittlereddoor@yahoo.ca

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  88. I tweeted this here: http://twitter.com/littlereddoor/status/25695517175 thelittlereddoor@yahoo.ca

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  89. LOVE rachel and her bags are aMAzing.

    i like you on FB.

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  90. i follow you on twitter.

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  91. i follow rachel's blog.

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  92. Liked your blog on FB and RT the giveaway! Cute bag! outodry@gmail.com

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  93. I follow you on twitter (@pepi_designs)

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  94. I follow you on twitter (@pepi_designs)

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  95. I like your blog!

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  96. I follow you on twitter :)

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  97. I follow GRSG's Blog!

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  98. I follow GRSG's Blog!

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  99. I "liked" you on facebook!

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  100. I follow you on twitter, username slowclublover.

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  101. I tweeted: http://twitter.com/slowclublover/status/25817388724

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  102. I liked your blog on Facebook and am following you on Twitter. I'm a regular stalker, now give me that bag!!!

    bethanyandjesse@gmail.com

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  103. I follow GRSG's blog! And now yours, too. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  104. I like you on FB Michele Pineda
    micaela6955 at msn dot com

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  105. tweeted http://twitter.com/micaela6955/status/25840209893

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  106. I:
    Twittered
    Blogged (www.leshasworkshop.com)
    Facebooked (leshasworkshop)
    Followed both this site
    and GetReadySetGo
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    Love it!!

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  107. I 'liked' your blog on Facebook (Kate Ryan)

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  108. I'm following you on Twitter (@NTFancy)

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  109. I tweeted about it:

    http://twitter.com/NTFancy/status/25873532870

    Kate1485 at hotmail.com

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  110. I follow her blog... that's how I landed here :)

    sallybway at suddenlink dot net

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  111. I liked you on FB- Lauren Sanchez

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  112. Tweet tweet: http://twitter.com/luckylauren06/status/25890352297

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  113. I heart Rachel and already follow her blog. Awesome interview, btw! :) gonna go follow your blog now too.

    ngan [at] envedesigns [dot] com

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  114. im a new follower...
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  115. I am following you on twitter as babysocuteblock.

    babysocutedesigns@yahoo.com

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  116. I am following GRSG's Blog via GFC as babysocute.

    babysocutedesigns@yahoo.com

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  117. I tweeted about the giveaway!

    http://twitter.com/babysocuteblock/status/25982643139

    babysocutedesigns@yahoo.com

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