Vintage Packstocks is one of my favourite vintage blogshops. I am privileged to get up close and personal with the owner, Ana. She is going to be 22 and is on job hunting whilst running VP on a part time basis. Ana enjoys indulging herself in manga, cosplaying, photography, bike, architecture, vintage and thrift finds, Korean and Japan stuffs, blogging, cats and mammals, money and travelling.
1. How and when did you start Vintage Packstocks (VP) – what inspired you?
At first I started selling me and my sister's pre-loved stuffs in Paperpuppet Closet, a year ago. I just knew about online business at that time. A bit late, isnt it? :D Then I fell in love with vintage and thrift finds after knowing my boyfriend. We like to travel and find some vintage clothes at that time. I started VP at the end of January 2010 after graduation.
My dad inspires me a lot to do this business as he used to sell RM1 clothes at the street when he first came to Malaysia in 1980 (I think) to start a living here. I want to be like him, to be able to do something valuable for myself and family by taking things one step at a time.
A VP girl loves vintage clothes and enjoys adding modern touch in her look. For example a batwing top tucked in high waist pants and paired with tan oxford heels. An oversized denim top, with stripy pantyhose and a pair of boots. Or a vintage dress with electric blue vintage blazer and paired with Mary Jane shoes :)
3. There are many vintage blog shops in the cyber space, how does VP stands out from them?
Firstly, VP concept is vintage in modern way. We recycle the clothes that have some history. Regardless whether it’s petite, medium or plus size, just pair it with a pair of killer shoes, or roll the sleeves up, tuck in the high waist skirts or pants, these make it alive. VP logo portrays it - vintage, yet modern. :D
Secondly, VP prices are affordable and reasonable. Shine your image, get your confidence even you only have RM10 in your pockets.
4. In any businesses, customers are very important. How do you keep your customers?
By being honest and considerate when dealing with customers. Sometimes I do make mistakes but I will try to improve myself to have more regular customers :D
That is all for now. Don’t worry, the interview did not end here. In the next entry, Ana would share about her future plans for VP and something about fixie bike. Stay tuned!