Friday, July 31, 2009

Rice and Beans Vintage: Interview and $50 gift certificate giveaway!

Anywhere but Here is proud to present you with an interview (and giveaway!) with Sarah Korsiak Cellier, the hard-working owner of one of the coolest vintage shops around: Rice and Bean Vintage. This unique online botique caught my eye a few months ago after I started lusting after a pair of Ferragamo shoes....then started lusting after a vintage Gucci bag...and then a Chanel one...it just goes on! So I was thrilled to have a little tete-a-tete with Sarah herself.

What did you do before you started Rice and Beans Vintage?

I became a vintage & designer clothing dealer while I was in graduate school studying Traditional Chinese Medicine! I decided that while I loved Acupuncture and Chinese medicine, I actually like getting it more than giving it and so the choice was easy.

What lead you on the path to opening up your own store?

I opened Rice and Beans Vintage as it is today after the birth of my son. I wanted to continue working with my love of fashion, have a creative outlet, and be able to spend as much time with him as possible. And so Rice and Beans Vintage was born!

Vintage clothes used to be associated with not having enough money to afford new clothes, but that couldn't be further from the truth these days. Why do you think vintage clothing has become more popular over the years?

Wearing Vintage and Vintage designer clothing, not only sets you apart from the run of the mill big store fashions, but really allows you to get creative. Personally I love to mix vintage with modern clothing to achieve my perfect look. I also really appreciate the history of each vintage piece. I think people are also thinking more about the enviornment and their bugets now as well and buying Vintage and pre-loved designer clothing is a great way to care for both.

Which is your favourite time period for vintage finds?

The 60's and 70's. I love the Luxe rock star look.

You have an impressive selection of vintage shoes on your site - what should people know about vintage shoes, especially if they are buying online and can't try them on? Like clothes, I know the sizing is a little different.

Thank you! I have huge love for shoes of all styles and time periods. Yes, that is a really good point. For the most part, vintage shoes (here I mean shoes prior to 1980) tend to run a bit smaller than modern day shoes. Generally around a half size smaller. It is really important to pay attention to the measurements that each store should offer. Take these measurements and compare them to one of your current pairs of shoes to make sure the fit is right.

What was the fastest selling item on your website?

Anything Chanel, hands down!

Without spilling all of your secrets, what are some of the best places to score some fabulous vintage finds?

Ohh....let's just say I have many different places I source my vintage and designer clothing from and I am very fortunate.

What is the best way to keep vintage clothes from looking too "costumey?"

I suggest trying to avoid dressing head to toe in vintage, unless you can pull it off.

Do you have any advice for potential vintage or online clothing store owners (like me!)

Do it because you love it!

Since vintage clothes provide uniqueness in a cookie-cutter world, how do you manage to keep Rice and Beans Vintage different from other similar stores?

I think Rice and Beans Vintage has the advantage of being a small company (very small, I am the only employee), the attention to detail is not lost. I handpick each and every piece that comes to be at Rice and Beans Vintage and that is very important to me. I also take great pride in our customer service.

What items always sell out? Anything "on -trend?" Chanel bags?

Yes, Chanel especially Chanel bags do not last long at Rice and Beans Vintage! I do pay close attention to the current trends and buy appropriately. I spend many nights pouring over the latest fashion magazines so these vintage & designer pieces usually run out the door as well.

Have you ever loved an item so much, you ended up keeping it for yourself? What was it?

Yes, oh this is that hard part of my job, letting things go! I have a Vintage 60's white leather Gucci bag with bamboo handle and gold wings on the front. This piece never made it on & never will!


THE CONTEST

To show her appreciation, Sarah is doing a giveaway through my blog for a $50 gift certificate to her store. This contest will run from now until Friday, August 7th where a winner will be chosen via the randomizer. This contest is open to anyone.

To enter, all you have to do is visit her store: Rice and Beans Vintage and take a look around - if you find something you'd want to spend your $50 gift card on, come back here and leave a comment below. Tell me what it is! Either link to it or just say "I would die for that Pucci dress" I wanna know what my readers are craving these days :)

I'm not eligible for entry, but these are some of the stuff that I would pick out:

Gorgeous 60's coat - check out that colour and the piping!


YSL Fringe Sandals - YUM!


These Etienne Aigner boots and leather jacket




So what are you waiting for - tell me what YOU want to buy and you could win $50 towards it!!

PS sneakpeek at Wanderlusting Style's Shoe Sale coming up on Sunday - everything's under $25:


Steve Madden Houndstooth round-toe pumps, size 37 $20


Did you know that on Wednesday Vancouver had its hottest day ever on record? EVER!? And that these last few days it's been hotter than most places in Texas, even Florida?? CRAZY!

And so I am glad to be going to a cool and refreshing island - Salt Spring, of course - for this long weekend. So excited to hit up the market too, really wanting to get some local, unique art. It's SO much more refreshing to buy art from real artists as opposed to wannabe, try too hard to be "weird and arty" hipsters fresh out of art schools like Emily Carr. I prefer art with an honest message and the market has tons of great finds :)

I probably won't be able to check your blogs as usual but I will have scheduled posting. Hope you all have a good weekend!

72 comments:

janettaylor said...

I love YSL fringe sandals...

XoXo

Nicole said...

The floaty, 70s sheer floral dress is SO cute. I may buy it with or without a gift card!

ZombieLace said...

Since I had such luck with the other giveaway, I'll try this one out! The interview was inspiring especially as a hopeful someday vintage salesperson myself. I really am into this gunne sax victorian looking blouse, I could definitely see myself in it for fall looking all serious and orderly for the new school year! http://www.riceandbeansvintage.com/catalog/item/4289436/6252858.htm

OceanDreams said...

Have a fun weekend looking around and what a delightful interview and giveaway darlin! XO

Sandra said...

I'm in love with this scarf and I want to have its babies. OMG! How freaking amazing is this????

http://www.riceandbeansvintage.com/catalog/item/4364560/7068759.htm

Tracy said...

I just discovered your blog...LOVE your style! A keeper for sure!!
(And LOVE those boots, too!)

kay said...

Oh my goodness, I found so many things I want to buy, I have definitely bookmarked Rice and BEans. I am oogling the vintage 50's alligator handbag which I will likely end up buying whether I win or not (http://www.riceandbeansvintage.com/catalog/item/4364560/6957030.htm). As well as the Vintage 60's Koret handbag (http://www.riceandbeansvintage.com/catalog/item/4364560/6957085.htm). Love this store , thanks again Wanderlust!!!

Hillary said...

I'd buy this dress: http://www.riceandbeansvintage.com/catalog/item/4289436/7039361.htm

Have a great weekend!

Couture Carrie said...

Fabulous interview and giveaway, darling! Would definitely buy one of those fab dresses with the gift certificate!

xoxox,
CC

Kaiti said...

Wow where to start, she's got amazing stuff in her store.

Personally I love these two dresses the most:
http://www.riceandbeansvintage.com/catalog/item/4289436/7130799.htm

http://www.riceandbeansvintage.com/catalog/item/4289436/7068767.htm

And I'm surprisingly a big fan of these clogs ...
http://www.riceandbeansvintage.com/catalog/item/4289461/7019990.htm

I've never thought to buy clogs before but those look super cool.

Also, I must be tired (or just dirty minded), because my "word verification" word on this comment is "gentali", and I thought for sure it was trying to get me to type "genitalia".

karisap said...

Save some shoes for me!!! We fit the same size...or at least the steve maddens you gave me fit like a glove! >>> willing buyer!

Tiffanie said...

The fringe sandals

K said...

OMG. I'd love to carry this with me on the plane...

http://www.riceandbeansvintage.com/catalog/item/6257997/6314400.htm

:)

Eyeliah SS said...

The red dice skirt! Though I think it may be the wrong size.
http://www.riceandbeansvintage.com/catalog/item/4289436/7068878.htm

CAMILLE said...

i love the ysl fringe sandals also

collegechick said...

I love the malcolm star white gown!
clarissa at digitaldeacons dot com

JennTRC said...

Vintage 70's Floral Bohemain Embroidered Peasant Blouse :)

geisharock said...

Oooh I would LOVE to win this!

I'd buy this amazing bomber:http://www.riceandbeansvintage.com/catalog/item/4289436/5544006.htm

And I'm also contemplating buying these shoes right now, whether I win or not!: http://www.riceandbeansvintage.com/catalog/item/4399397/6252894.htm

And these boots... I'm DYING for a pair... such a boots addict: http://www.riceandbeansvintage.com/catalog/item/4875204/7188800.htm

And this gorgeous vintage handbag to top it off! http://www.riceandbeansvintage.com/catalog/item/4875204/7204052.htm

Love your jumpsuit by the way.. what size would you say it was? I presume you're selling it without the belt, right? xxx

The Budget Babe said...

great interview, great shop. i'm loving the "Vintage 70's Black Pleated Evening Handbag w/Shell Clasp" -- i love anything with a shell motif. felix rey's recent line for tar-zhay totally had a vintage vibe with the shell clasps so it would be nice to get an "original." enjoy your weekend, sounds lovely!!

The Clothes Horse said...

Those fringe shoes are awesome. Great interview, I enjoyed her answers and she always does have such wonderful finds.

Annie Spandex said...

Without a doubt, that Vintage Late 70's Braided Metal & Leather Belt Arts & Craft Style Inspired!!! So awesome

http://www.riceandbeansvintage.com/catalog/item/4364560/7102078.htm

Vegas Princess said...

Have a great time on the Island! It sound sliek a lot of fun. :)

Those last pair of shoes are great. You have spurred my interest in shoes again. NOw I want to go buy some new ones. :)

Sarah =) said...

THESE AWESOME RED BOOTS!
http://www.riceandbeansvintage.com/catalog/item/4289461/6252832.htm

Great interview btw :)

Kristiana V said...

I love the shoes :)

Dane said...

The boots are amazing!



http://trustme-itsparadise.blogspot.com/

f.sarah said...

i would love to have "Vintage 70's Floral Bohemain Embroidered Peasant Blouse"

fsarah09@gmail.com

KelleySayWahh said...

I hink I would die for the Vintage Tooled Leather and Ostrich Bag:
http://www.riceandbeansvintage.com/catalog/item/4364560/6975960.htm

Emma said...

There are so many things I love!!! These are a few of my favorites:

*Vintage 70's Boho Chic Cotton Print Sleeveless Fitted Shirt w/ Peek-a-boo Back
*Vintage 60's Indian Hand Block Printed Cotton Mini Dress Tunic Top
*Vintage 80's Cotton Floral Sundress from India w/Criss Cross Back

oceangirl621@gmail.com

Cecilia said...

This store is AMAZING! There is so much awesome stuff. I am definitely bookmarking this!

There are too many things I want, but I think I would be able to narrow it down to the vintage 80's Etienne Aigner brown leather heels or the vintage 70's brown leather saddle handbag.

Carlotta said...

hi dear, there's something for you on my blog :))

julz said...

Fantastic Vintage 60's gold chain link & pearl necklace.
This such a classy fun piece, i could wear it all the time!!

STARR said...

Great interview! I would love something like this blouse for fall:
http://www.riceandbeansvintage.com/catalog/item/4289436/6252858.htm

Marian said...

i love the name of her vintage company! the ysl fringe sandals are yummy!!
xx
marian

Underfunded Heiress said...

I'm loving the diane von furstenburg silk abstract skirt1!!!! It so stylish and I love the colors. I also like the brown saddle purse from Greece!

marb said...

http://www.riceandbeansvintage.com/catalog/item/4875204/7174137.htm

perfect!!!

Aik said...

I'm so loving the Vintage 80's Black Nautical Inspired Sun Dress!

http://www.riceandbeansvintage.com/catalog/item/4289436/7068841.htm

aikychien at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

The Vintage 50's Grey Silver Mink Fur Collar is the one thing I would like to own.

~Evelyn~
eggyc@hotmail.com

sd0126 said...

The Vintage Late 70's JOHN WEITZ Black Leather Jacket w/Amazing Detail, http://www.riceandbeansvintage.com/catalog/item/4399382/7074349.htm

pretty*pink*rat said...

The black leather belt with the bow! (http://www.riceandbeansvintage.com/catalog/item/4364560/7076933.htm)

And it's my size!

I just found your blog and you are such a lucky girl! Too many cute clothes! Plus the photography is great!

AsianCajuns said...

Oo, oooo those Frye harness boots!!! They make me drool.

Great interview too! I'll definitely be checking out her store lots ;)

fashionfrugality said...

I would love to own the Vintage 60's Clear Vinyl Flats wedges w/White Leather Bow!
kkondek at gmail.com

Lizzie said...

Love this gold mesh bag... http://www.riceandbeansvintage.com/catalog/item/6257997/7020092.htm

smrtmouse at yahoo dot com

Sher said...

First Choice would be:

DVF dress here: http://www.riceandbeansvintage.com/catalog/item/4289445/7159781.htm

second choice:

that leather jacket:
http://www.riceandbeansvintage.com/catalog/item/4399382/4805215.htm

myedit said...

So, if I won the $50 voucher,I would still have to scrape, beg, borrow and steal the $1450 for the Chanel chain-link dress. so beautiful!

Catherine said...

I like the Vintage 80's Bold Floral Graphic Skirt w/Great Detail

garlandofroses@gmail.com

JessicaMM said...

I love the vintage Frye boots (size 9.5) the beautiful dark brown ones and would so snap them up!

Kim said...

1. love your blog, never commented but now i am!

2. love love LOVE the braided metal and leather belt!

http://www.riceandbeansvintage.com/catalog/item/4364560/7102078.htm

3. AND the D&B handbag!
http://www.riceandbeansvintage.com/catalog/item/4875204/7204052.htm

Sal said...

I'd love to get my hands on these awesome heels: http://www.riceandbeansvintage.com/catalog/item/4289461/7027749.htm

FaithJ said...

Wow, I love the RARE Vintage Early 70's GUCCI Suede Skirt w/Chain Detail! It is beautiful, and in my size too!!!

http://www.riceandbeansvintage.com/catalog/item/4875204/7174120.htm

fjthoma@hotmail.com

Courtney said...

any of those boots
*drool*

Meghan said...

After trolling the entire site and drooling all over my keyboard I have to say I would give this necklace a good home, given the chance. :)

http://www.riceandbeansvintage.com/catalog/item/4875204/7190795.htm

Hope you had a good long weekend.

Joby said...

Oh wow, I never thought I would get back here, the vintage section is so good, love the dress in lace but not my size, so I would choose the MAGGY LONDON Silk Bright Geometric Sleeveless Dress w/Black Bodice. I would really get a lot of use out of it as I have a wedding to go do, and it would be perfect. Thanks for the opportunity.

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Mary said...

I am hyperventilating over this:

http://www.riceandbeansvintage.com/catalog/item/4289436/7039361.htm

Damsels said...

woulddie for this vintage beaded reversible bag
why? cuz i need a new one so bad . but love this one hmm if i win i would only have to pay like 15 dollars .more for it
http://www.riceandbeansvintage.com/catalog/item/4364560/6882641.htm

issa said...

these boots would be perfect!

http://www.riceandbeansvintage.com/catalog/item/6257986/7119768.htm

Ashley said...

Oh this is tough! I think i would put the $50 towards this vintage Chanel sweater:

http://www.riceandbeansvintage.com/catalog/item/4399382/7102149.htm

KikiZoe86(at)yahoo(dot)com

Annie said...

ugh, I would DIE for the etienne aigner boots (http://www.riceandbeansvintage.com/catalog/item/6257986/7119768.htm) or the eighties royal blue jacket (http://www.riceandbeansvintage.com/catalog/item/4289436/5708301.htm). what a great giveaway!

Monica said...

I love the Vintage 70s brown suede moccasin shoes with fringe. Gorgeous!

FashionUnder100.net said...

I love this 80's purple clutch.

http://www.riceandbeansvintage.com/catalog/item/4364560/7068762.htm

Talk Pretty To Me said...

Seriously that Chanel Red Wool Chain Dress! Ow Ow! I want!

xoxo
J

www.talkprettytome.blogspot.com

eithlinn said...

I would get the red Mexican dress with embroidery (pretty much the only thing that could fit me!) or maybe the 50's-60's floral bag with a kiss lock....

Faye said...

Great store! I would love to get that blue Mexican circle skirt.

Meg said...

This skirt is so bright and happy and amazing. I want it!

http://www.riceandbeansvintage.com/catalog/item/4399382/4535764.htm

thumbelina said...

ooh there's soo much on the rice & beans store I'd love to have, but I reeeeaally like this bag: http://www.riceandbeansvintage.com/catalog/item/4364560/5921920.htm

ange said...

Since I'm budgeting, I pretty much live on rice and beans! And the clothes are quite adorable as well. J'adore the Steve Madden Houndstooth shoes shown on your blog-- and Madden is one of the only mainstream designers that consistently makes vegan shoes features in the Madden Girls collection.

Merci!

FarmFreshFem said...

Since I'm budgeting, I pretty much live on rice and beans! And the clothes are quite adorable as well. J'adore the Steve Madden Houndstooth shoes shown on your blog-- and Madden is one of the only mainstream designers that consistently makes vegan shoes features in the Madden Girls collection.

Merci!

lydia said...

there's this wonderful 60s aztec mini dress on her site that i'm dying for...it's perfect!

JBalloon said...

I like the Vintage Late 70's LANZ Red, White, & Black Floral Print One Shoulder Dress w/Bow, though it would be a tad too big. I also like the Vintage 50's Black Silk & Lace Dress, which would fit me much better!

Caroline said...

Wow tough choice! I'd probably get this http://www.riceandbeansvintage.com/catalog/item/6257997/7104198.htm

Or at least put it towards the cost of it :)

Btw, my email is tigger_tiger45@hotmail.com

Joby said...

I would die for this Vintage floral frame handbag, its stunning

http://www.riceandbeansvintage.com/catalog/item/4364560/7068908.htm

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