Stella Spotlight: Nashville Boutique - MADE

If you're on my holiday gift list this year, chances are good you'll be receiving a gift from East Nashville's newest boutique, MADE.  This shop is truly a Stella dream.  It's super affordable and stuffed to the ceiling with tons of goodies made by local crafters, artists and some of our favorite designers like Amanda Valentine, Shea Steele and Shannon Lea. Our photog, Jessica McIntosh, said it best, MADE is like a real-life local Etsy.

Ashley Sheehan, owner of MADE, stocks the store with an assortment of art, housewares and jewelry, some of which is made by her, as well as a well-edited collection of vintage apparel for men and women.  She can even paint a portrait of your favorite pet in a suite.  This is one very busy lady!  Ashley graciously took some time out of her afternoon to tell us more about MADE.

What is your concept for MADE? I want Made to be a very accessible shop for both the customers, the crafters and artists. A laid back spot where you can find one of a kind gifts that were made right here in the ‘hood.

Describe the vibe of the store in five words or less. Quaint, cute and charming.

If MADE had a mascot who or what would it be? It would have to be a fawn, sweet and a bit mysterious. Deer have always inspired me.
Some of your own handiwork can be found around the store.  What goodies in the shop are 'made' by you? I have been embroidering a lot lately so the men's ties, the colorful embroidered necklaces, the pillows, the collage art, including animals in suits, along with other random pieces throughout the shop.

There are some fabulous gift items in the store.  What are some of your favorites? I love the candles from Alchemy of Sol, the handmade shirts by Shannon Lea’s People Like Art, Amanda Valentine's altered vintage dresses, the feather hair flair by Emily of Craftville, the totes and prints from Pine Street Makery, wow I just keep going…

Is everything in the store sourced from Tennessee? 95% of all the creations are made right here in TN.
What are five of your favorite places in Nashville? Southern Thrift, Gas Lamp, Silly Goose, Ugly Mugs, and Pre to Post Modern.

What inspires you? Grey Gardens (the documentary), anything from the 60’s, people doing good for others (a trait I have watched my parents carry out through the years), outsider art, vintage children’s books, great magazines like Lula,my favorite bands like Belle and Sebastian and the Magnetic Fields, my friends and sisters, the little things in life like a great laugh with great friends…

Visit MADE this Saturday, December 4 on the East Nashville Holiday Vintage Boutique Crawl.  Select items will be 20% off.  Make sure you receive Stella in your Inbox.  We have a coupon this month good for 20% off your purchase of $20 or more.

MADE

717 Porter (Portland & Eastland in East Nashville)
Hours:
Wed-Fri, Sun 11 am - 5 pm
Sat 11 am - 6 pm

For more photos from our MADE shoot, visit the Stella Facebook page. Photos by Jessica Rai Photography.

Stella Spotlight: Nashville Boutiques – Goodbuy Girls

I see a few lazy Saturday afternoons in Mizzie and my future spent hanging out on the couch at the Goodbuy Girls  sifting through all of their fabulous finds.  Neatly merchandised in this cozy space on N. 16th Ave in East Nashville is a pretty amazing selection of designer vintage and contemporary resale apparel, accessories, shoes and boots.  I spent a Saturday morning with GG's Tanya Coe and Kim Davison talking vintage and learning what makes up the GG's fabulous aesthetic.


We love the name Goodbuy Girls. How did it evolve and what has been your best buy/find this year?
Our boyfriends are in a band, (of course, this is Nashville right?) The Branded Sons, and they have a song called "Goodbye Girls" that we've probably heard 500+ times, so it was a spin off of that. Our best good buys this year are probably any pair of over-the-knee boots.  We have had vintage Italian red leather 5 inch stacked heeled ones, a Stella McCartney canvas and Vegan-friendly pair and an Amanda Smith black suede over the knee flat boots which you can currently find in-store and on-line.  They make any GG (Goodbuy Girl) look tough as nails. (Psst...click on the Goodbye Girls link above for a free music download!)

What made you decide to finally open a store?
The answer to this question varies depending on who is asking.  Sometimes the answer is Tanya's mom's hidden closet full of vintage stage clothes, embellished cowboy boots and suede fringe jackets.  Sometimes the answer is that we wanted something of our own to do while our boyfriends were having band practice (Sister's Doing It For Themselves a la Annie Lenox), also the books, How To Make A Living Without A Job by Barbara Winter and My Life and Other Unfinished Business by Dolly Parton were very helpful, but mainly, this is something we both have been passionate about for a long time and we were ready to make it happen!  It's now or never.

Describe the vibe of your store in four words. 

Cozy, relaxed, Dolly, Americana
If you had a mascot for your store what would it be?
A wild mustang

What is your favorite era of vintage clothing?
The Woodstock Era - Awesome styles, but also because that's when you could finally do whatever you wanted in fashion and go to the grocery store in it.

What three items should we all be hunting for this summer?
Native American style Jewelry (Beaded, Turquoise, Coral)
Modified Vintage Tees with fringe and beads
The perfect pair of Vintage Cowboy Boots with a boot-kerchief 

 

Let's talk about the cowboy boots.  We see at least a few pairs a week on your blog and you have quite a collection in the store.  What are your favorite ways to wear them?
There's only one thing you're not allowed to say in the store, "I can't wear cowboy boots."  Everyone can wear them - with skirts, dresses, jeans, leggings, shorts - no excuses.  Every GG deserves to have one cool pair!

 



There is such a variety of items in the store.  We talked about how you find a lot of them when you travel to small towns.  Is it hard to edit everything when you get back and decide which items actually make it into the store?
We are very selective on the front end, especially since we are a small store, no room for fillers.

When vintage shopping, are there any tips you can give our readers on how to spot a "good buy"?
Look for high quality, well-made and hand-made items, genuine fabrics, vibrant patterns, embellishments, etc.


What are five of your favorite places in Nashville?
1. Manuel's Studio- We stop by to say "hi" and end up staying for 5 hours pretending like we work there.  It's fun.
2. Brown's Diner- It's classy like us and there's only one beer on tap which reduces our risk of consumer anxiety
3. Robert's Western World- when we want to get our honky tonk on. They always have live hillbilly, rockabilly and classic country music playing and their veggie burger is exceptional.
4. R Squared Salon- Hair Ecstasy!  They have custom mixed organic oil and aromatherapy hair treatments that will make you not want to get out of the wash chair, and a blown-out style that will have you sporting a whole new attitude.
5. Lauren Wray's Backporch on the East Side- it's kind of like our tree/club house where we girls check in with each other.  Neil Young on the record player, pizza from Italia and cheap red wine.


What inspires you?
All the amazing people we get to meet in our everyday adventures!  Whether it's a GG customer who is kicking ass on a non-profit project to help the community, the fabulous classy Golden GG's who supply us with vintage goods or the local merchants who have taken us under their wings because they believe in us.  We don't think these people know how much of what they are doing truly inspires, motivates and helps us. We're going to have a party for them one day soon. You're totally on the invite list Stella!



We can't wait for the party!  Make sure you visit the Goodbuys Girls this month and if you receive Stella emails, you will have a sweet little deal in your Inbox very soon.  You should also check out the GG's blog and follow them on Twitter.  They post special items all the time, so you have no excuse to miss out on all of this fabulousness. 

For more GG photos, visit Stellashops.com on Facebook.
   
Goodbuy Girls 
307 N. 16th Ave in East Nashville
Hours:
Thursday & Friday 12pm-6pm
Saturday 10am-6pm. 

Photos courtesy of Jessica Rai Photography.