Meet Molly Hottle, a vintage seller in Seattle, Washington.
What attracted you to vintage? Buying it? Wearing it?
I've worn vintage clothes for several years now, but there was always a twinge of sadness when I would find the most gorgeous vintage pieces that just weren't my size. I finally stopped leaving these pieces behind and decided to open up a shop to share them with others who could love them, too!
What inspired you to open your vintage shop?
I kept finding gorgeous vintage dresses, sweaters and tops that didn't fit me, but which pained me so much to leave behind. I wanted someone to love them like I did! My partner offered the idea that I open up a shop to do just that, and Seamless in Seattle was born.
Tell us a little about your collection? Is it decade specific? Size specific? Themed in any way?
I mostly specialize in vintage clothes from the 1950s to the 1990s. I especially love to sell 80s dresses with big sleeves, Pendleton wool blazers from the 50s and mod statement pieces from the 60s and 70s! While my shop is still in its beginning phases, I strive to find size-inclusive pieces from petite to plus size and everywhere in between. I believe everyone of every size and shape should be able to wear beautiful vintage clothing!
If you could dress any celebrity or public figure (past or present) who would it be?
Oh definitely Gillian Anderson! She's got such a classic beauty, and she could literally wear pieces from any decade! Have you seen the shoulder pads she wore as Dana Scully or the pieces she's donned as historical figures like Catherine the Great's mother and Eleanor Roosevelet? I just love her, and I would love the chance to dress her!
What is the hardest thing about being a vintage shop owner or collector?
With vintage clothes, sometimes it can be difficult to find out more information about brands or the style of clothes you're selling. Sometimes brands no longer exist or the historical information doesn't live on the internet. I find myself sometimes yearning to know more about a brand or a piece and not finding much, which can be disappointing.
Why did you decide to join Thrilling?
I learned about Thrilling via other vintage clothing resellers. When I was doing my research on what platforms are best for vintage reselling, Thrilling came highly recommended by many again and again by resellers. And I really love the clean and simple layout of the platform. It puts the emphasis on the pieces being sold, which was important to me. I also love the seller support provided by Thrilling to shops and shop owners.
Is there anything interesting, special we should know about your shop or collection?
I aim to source and sell a wide variety of items from many decades, so there's usually something for everyone!