July 23, 2015

Shop Spotlight: Scout Salvage

It's shop spotlight time again!  Today we get to visit Scout Salvage in Philadelphia.  I wonder if Betsy's dad and my dad want to start a Dads Who Love Jackalopes club?  Is it totally weird I am working on a jackalope shirt design for my dad right now??  My connection with Scout Salvage must be destiny!


For starters, please tell me your name, what shop you represent, and where you are located:
I'm Betsy, owner, founder and creative director of Scout Salvage and Vintage Rescue-a vintage shop in Old City, Philadelphia

Are there any specialties your shop is known for?
Scout is known for having really well-priced vintage clothing, housewares and furniture, with a selection of new and handmade items that compliment our vintage selection and brand.  We sell all of it via our website at www.scoutsalvage.com or via Instagram @scoutsalvage.

What are five things I'd be sure to see if I wandered the neighborhood where your shop is located?
Old City is a really funny little neighborhood, it's the historic district of Philly, so it's full of tourists and tour groups all day.  The Liberty Bell is right down the street, and we are around the corner from The Betsy Ross House and our shop is smack dab in the middle of it all.  If you were here, you'd see dudes dressed as Benjamin Franklin all over the place, horse drawn carriages with families in the backs taking lots of photos. One of my favorite sights is to see a tour-guide caught out of character with headphones on or smoking a sneaky cigarette in the alley.  Another favorite sight in Old City is the window display of the tech company Weblinc-which is a totally bizarro scene with little clown mannequins holding butcher knives and fake plastic steaks-people are always staring in trying to figure out what kind of company would have that window.


Does your shop have any resident pets or mascots?
Our shop mascot is either my van, or our resident taxidermy Jackalope, which was a gift from my father when I opened the store. The crew he had managed when he owned a business gave it to him when he retired, and he gave it to me when I opened the store.  We're making t-shirts later on this summer with him on them.  (the jackalope-not my dad)
Describe the most exciting or weird customer you have ever had.
My most exciting customer was Tina Fey.  I had to stop myself from screaming LIZ LEMON!!!!!!




If your shop had a coat of arms, what images would be on it, and what would your motto be?
Our coat of arms would be my vintage 1988 Dodge Van with crossed antlers underneath, that would be so Scout....

And lastly, because I'm Betty Turbo, I must ask: What is your favorite dessert?
Desserts....oh boy...I have recently discovered my love for Mochi and I'm kinda obsessed.  My boyfriend keeps it in his freezer at all times, he's such a good dude.   I have a soft spot for Tastycake cupcakes  and shoo-fly pie cause I'm a true Pennsylvanian at heart. I grew up in a very PA Dutch household so anything with that molasses flavor is right up my alley.

July 22, 2015

Ice Cream, Again. Forever!


Wellllll National Ice Cream month may be on the downhill stretch, but I'll never stop thinking about it.  Here are a few recent contributions I made to They Draw And Cook and They Draw And Travel in case you missed them!




July 20, 2015

An Ice Cream Transmission from Camp Corndog


Hellllooooo out there, ice cream lovers.  This #allicecreamallthetime obsession has fully saturated our consciousness here at Camp Corndog, resulting in a smashing series of hand printed posters which we are almost ready to unveil.  I will be returning to the sweet and lovely Frite & Scoop ice cream shop in Astoria on August 8th along with Hairy McSpecies and Christopher Adams of Corvidopolis.  We shall cover their walls with more ice cream goodness!


We're up to our armpits in posters and have determined the consumption of Talenti gelato should definitely be a business expense because their containers are perfect for ink storage as we pick the perfect pantones to portray our ice cream dreams.  A few copies of each print will be for sale in person from Frite & Scoop, and we will also list them online in our respective shops after the opening reception.  Editions are limited, so stay tuned to get the goods!  We've also produced new shirts for Frite & Scoop which you can pick up in real life or from their web shop!

xoxo, Betty Turbo / Mixed Species / Corvidopolis


July 3, 2015

Shop Spotlight: MADE

Heeeeeere I am with another shop spotlight for you! I've sure got travel on the brain lately and I realized when typing this that I've never been to Wyoming! Here's a fun place I'd visit.



For starters, please tell me your name, what shop you represent, and where you are located:     John Frechette & Christian Burch. MADE, Jackson,WY.

Are there any specialties your shop is known for?  
We work with about 200 handmade artists from all over the USA
What are five things I'd be sure to see if I wandered the neighborhood where your shop is located?  
The Tetons are a can't miss, the Antler Arches that surround the town square, Gaslight Alley is the little boardwalked alley that we are on.  Next door is The Valley Bookstore (our local independent bookstore) and our other shop Mountain Dandy.



What occasions do you think are most underrepresented in the world of greeting cards? 
We love a good location specific card, but as for holidays maybe uncle and aunt cards.


Are you an artist or craftsperson yourself?  If so, please tell me a little bit about what you create:  

I am...I make a line of handcrafted glass belt buckles.  Each one is custom designed and crafted through a five day process.... http://www.madejacksonhole.com/collections/glass-belt-buckles


Does your shop have any resident pets or mascots?  

Sadly no. although we are dying for a good shop dog.

Describe the most exciting or weird customer you have ever had.   

We see a lot of weird ones, but that is what keeps it fun.  Being a pretty well know vacation destination we see a bunch of fun celebrities. Leonardo DeCaprio, the cast of Modern Family, Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart, Julianne Moore and some other super fun ones!
If your shop had a coat of arms, what images would be on it, and what would your motto be? 

MADE to be Handmade    
And lastly, because I'm Betty Turbo, I must ask: What is your favorite dessert?

Favorite desert is Creme Brûlée - or a good old fashioned donut from Dunkin.

July 2, 2015

Betty Turbo All Over Everything

I spent a little time recently culling my illustration archives for bits and pieces I could recycle into new designs for fabric patterns.  I mostly use Spoonflower for making my pillows, but based on the popularity of my donut fabric design, I figured more foodie doodles would be a welcome addition to their marketplace!


I've made scarves and tote bags from my custom fabric, and occasionally dresses just for myself.  Lots of people ask for garments but I was never ready to fall down the rabbit hole of all the additional skills and up front costs required for that kind of production.  Enter my NEW favorite website... PrintAllOverMe!  You can upload your digital art files to their site and offer them for sale on a whole selection of garments.


If you balk at the prices, please keep in mind: 1) Their garments are all printed & sewn to order and many have XXS to 4XL available.  2)  Some of the production is in China, but as explained on their website, all employees work full-time, get health insurance, and receive at least 4x a living wage.  This is not fast food fashion! 3) A percentage of the sale goes to the artist, so you are definitely placing your vote FOR independent artists instead of Certain Popular Clothing Brands who notoriously rip off independent artists every chance they get.


I am already fantasizing about what head-to-toe look I will sport for the holiday craft show season. Candy covered jumpsuit? Scope out my shop on PAOM - I will happily add any designs you see in my Spoonflower shop to the garments of your choice on PAOM, just let me know.  There are lots of choices for dudes too!  Suit up, Betty Turbo Army!  I haven't ordered any pieces yet so be sure to let me know what you think if you pick some up.  I really hope it's all as cool as it sounds!!

(Please also note: PAOM is undergoing a massive site update so some pages & pictures may be slow to load or glitchy, but please don't give up!  I hope it'll all be smooth sailing soon.)