johnny vintage

johnny vintage carries some fun 50s, mid century mod, and shabby chic along with other upcycled vintage goods.

Tell me about how you originally got interested in vintage goods, Johnny.
My grandma had one of those old school Trans Ams, the ones with the huge bird across the hood; the whole car was hot pink, with a huge purple bird across it. In the house she had a player piano, bright orange shag, and an orange pleather booth. Every time we went there I thought, "home!!" and, "why does everyone but granny live so boring?"

What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
My favorite used to be sticking my hands into the flour dish inside the refrigerator while nobody was looking. My current favorite is working on plans for a ridiculously elaborate houseboat that will hopefully look like a gypsy wagon when complete... I like the idea that I'll have to glue down all the decorations. Oh, and there's one other thing: spray painting. I can't get enough!

What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your business?
As compared to past jobs:

Glamour Shots
Dollar General
waiting tables in Vegas
pizza delivery

I can't find anything I don't like about selling stuff on Etsy. It's currently my sole source of income, but every time I think back to working some of those other jobs, I have to smile.

What item in your shop would you most like to receive as a gift if someone were shopping for you?
Hmmmm, I love my stuff, but I'll actually stiff myself by saying that if someone were buying for me, I'd sure want some fabrics from fabric worm or fabulous soaps from dirty ass soaps!

When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
All I ever wanted to do was design clothes.

What other shops or artists out there do you love?

What does your future hold?
I might be a psychic, or a gypsy, or I might stalk Robert Earl Keen, Billy Joe Shaver and Todd Snider in hopes of some of their goodness and/or badassness rubbing off on me. Also, I may learn to play the guitar. My garden might finally grow. Also, maybe I'll finally build that rocketship to the moon I've talked so long about. Probably I'll drink whiskey. Lots and lots of whiskey.