Today we’d like to introduce you to Liz Lawrence.
Liz, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I’ve been thrifting since a kid with my Dad. Whenever he picked me up from my Grandma’s house after school, I always looked forward to going to Goodwill with him. Everyone at the thrift store knew my Dad by name and he would always introduce me to them. My Dad’s passion for thrifting definitely rubbed off on me. I always enjoyed thrifting because I could always find unique items from clothing to knick-knacks. When I was in college people always asked me where I got my unique pieces of clothing from and I would always tell them I thrifted it and they couldn’t believe it and asked if I could find things for them. From that point, I decided to make a business out of it my freshman year of college in 2012 in Chattanooga, TN. My mom actually helped me come up with my business name. She’s Oh So Thrifty.
In college, I would have Pop Up Shops on campus and local events. I was the vintage clothing dealer on campus providing vintage clothing and custom clothing. I have always been a one-woman show. I would print flyers in the Art Department and hang them around campus and utilize social media to promote. People on campus knew me as Liz or She’s Oh So Thrifty.
Has it been a smooth road?
At times it can get discouraging because you may not make any sales or as many sales as you would like online or at a Pop Up Shop, but you have to remember why you started your business and why you’re so passionate about it. I definitely can say I have enjoyed the experiences of being a black female business owner and I always look forward to the future and opportunities. You have to be open to learning new things and meeting new people. One thing I can say is to not be afraid to take chances, ask for help or ask questions!
We’d love to hear more about your business.
As of today we have incorporated a brand name under She’s Oh So Thrifty called Been Thrifty Apparel. Our brand is inspired by art, culture and vintage clothing. I now create wearable art, one of one apparel from handpicked thrift store items and limited quantities of Been Thrifty Apparel and merchandise. I still thrift typically for myself and boyfriend and put some vintage items on our Depop account. She’s Oh So Thrifty now resides in Colorado Springs, CO and participates in Pop Up Shops for local business owners.
My biggest accomplishment with my brand was during my year of service with Americorps. I worked at a local thrift store called PFCA Thrift, now known as Cause Cloth in Chattanooga, TN. I was able to sell my vintage clothing and custom pieces in the thrift store and I gave 40% back to Partnership programs.
Is our city a good place to do what you do?
I definitely feel like Colorado Springs is a great place for a business like mine. The vintage clothing scene is definitely growing here slowly but surely. Since being here for a year and some change I have met awesome vintage clothing business owners that have welcomed other vintage lovers to participate in their Pop-Ups such as The Hause + The Racks, Womxn of The Future, Revival Vintage and more!
With more opportunities like these, we can create a scene where we won’t always have to go Denver, but create our own sustainable local vintage scene!
- Website: lizigns.co/beenthrifty
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/shesohsothrifty
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ShesOhSoThrifty/
- Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/shesohsothrifty
Thrifty Seinfeld picture taken by Tia Roach