Elizabeth Andersen's Profile

About

If you asked me about myself I'd tell you that I am a hunter, a gatherer, a hoarder and a maker. I love seeing old things given new life and new things made from scratch.

If you asked me about how I arrived here, with a shop on Etsy, selling vintage and handmade things for the home, I'd say that the foundation for my Elizabeth Andersen shop was laid years before it became a reality.

I was 19, with my first apartment on the north side of Chicago. There was nothing hot or trendy about my neighborhood, it was where I could afford a decent sized studio. Across the street was an empty lot, with scraggly grasses trying to grow on pads of gravel. There were bus stops on either side of this lot which made it popular for old ladies with rickety metal carts and homeless folks seeking shelter. I was waitressing at night in a little French restaurant…

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  • Female
  • Born on August 19
  • Joined February 14, 2012

Favorite materials

Wood, Old Brass, Metal, Interesting or Simple Textiles, Paper, Paint, Stain, Things From Nature, Concrete

Shop

TheEAShop
Hand-Crafted & Vintage Pieces For The...

About

If you asked me about myself I'd tell you that I am a hunter, a gatherer, a hoarder and a maker. I love seeing old things given new life and new things made from scratch.

If you asked me about how I arrived here, with a shop on Etsy, selling vintage and handmade things for the home, I'd say that the foundation for my Elizabeth Andersen shop was laid years before it became a reality.

I was 19, with my first apartment on the north side of Chicago. There was nothing hot or trendy about my neighborhood, it was where I could afford a decent sized studio. Across the street was an empty lot, with scraggly grasses trying to grow on pads of gravel. There were bus stops on either side of this lot which made it popular for old ladies with rickety metal carts and homeless folks seeking shelter. I was waitressing at night in a little French restaurant which left my days pretty open. There were a couple of thrift stores within a block or two. The benefits if living in a not-hot neighborhood is that there is no competition at the resale shop. The rickety cart ladies weren't eyeing what I was.

I was seeking the unique, the overlooked quality, unappreciated design and missed beauty. I was finding these diamonds in the rough through inspirations from all times and facets of my life: the graceful contemporary home of my childhood, camping with my family, the windy beaches of North Captiva Island, art class with Sister Mary, books by Kipling, Kerouac and Seuss, the bustle of the city, Italy, Uncle Barry, a sailfish and a bubble light Christmas tree, wind in the sails and water rushing past the bow, crafts at the counter with mom, Architectural Digest, the tall oak trees, a father who can craft and build anything from furniture to a house, jazz radio, the cool seasons in St. Paul, a sister who shares inspiration and sees the beauty under the dust with me, grandma's jewelry box, a pink Schwinn bike, taking Christmas trees to the pub and music with Larry.

Those early days in the city were a time when I learned a way to bring inspirations to reality though treasures I found and made. Now, Elizabeth Andersen as become my outlet.

I hope that in the pieces I've collected as a result of inspirations in my life you find something inspirational for you to call your own. Visit my shop, Etsy.com/shop/TheEAShop.

My best to you!
Liz

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