I opened my shops inbox one day to find a letter from a shop fan. They loved it enough to write me and commend me for having plus size vintage clothes. After all, the big girls need a touch of trendy too! It was touching enough I wanted to post it (after asking permission that was granted) on my blog for all to read.
I just had to tell you how happy I am that I found your store today! – while I was doing an Etsy-wide search for vintage plus size clothing for women.
I am really excited about the clothes you offer in your store! You have fantastic taste and a wonderful selection to choose from. Thank you for the affordable pricing. Your store is a fabulous treasure!! I found so many things I’d love to purchase (that unfortunately were not my size, but definitely my style, so I’ll be back to see what you have in the future!!)
I was in a car accident several years ago, which resulted in disability and limited mobility. Because I can not move much (or exercise), I’ve gained weight and am now a plus-size woman — but I’ve never lost my desire to express myself through clothing, whether fun or fancy. I always had my own eclectic style, and really enjoyed it. It was so simple and such a great pleasure to do find a great selection of clothes before I gained weight; it is very difficult, very challenging and ultimately very frustrating after I’ve gained weight. I am not able at this time to lose weight or get in better shape due to my physical limitations.
I bravely share these personal thoughts in order to, first, thank you for including the plus size clothes that you have, and to give you a personal testimony from someone who knows why it is so meaningful that you include plus size clothes. Secondly, I want to really encourage you personally to please consider seeking out more plus size clothing to offer in your store. I know your inventory varies day by day, so you may have quite a selection of it at other times, and again, thank you! But with your taste and your eye, you are in a unique position to offer those of us who NEED stylish plus size clothes, not just to serve a function but to inspire our souls, too.
I dare speak for “most of us” (plus size women) when I say, we’re tired of wearing solid black with bold accessories. Wearing cool, stylish, expressive clothes (like the silk black and white blouse in your store today) does so much for the mind and spirit! It can really help a person like me THRIVE.
I honor that you have a vision and plan for your store, and recognize that you’re a re-sell store and not a designer. I don’t imagine (or want) to impose on that, or step on toes so to speak. I’m writing to you with my story, my perspective, and my hopes. I’ve shared from my heart, and I realize that you may feel inspired by that. Truly, after looking at what you offer in your store (overall), I truly felt inspired to write this to you. I think someone with your eye for clothing would really know just how what I’m feeling — that great clothes, and expressing yourself with them, does so much more than just cover the body. Plus sized people are challenged to find these clothes — but I think you have the eye and the avenue (your Etsy store) to meet the challenge.
You have a fantastic amount of feedback, all of it positive. I hope that my ‘feedback’ adds to your bank of helpful information.
Inspired by your store and style,
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I am still looking for plus size clothes all the time and I try and rescue as many as I can. There is a taffeta wedding dress coming soon and a few others. Once I get my Plus Size model (my cousin) set up and them all photographed I can list them and make them available to the world. Yes, the world. (Except those countries the US doesn’t trade with). Pesky little rules…
Have a Trendy Day!