Thursday, June 26, 2014

Meet our Members! -- Archaica from Archaic Studio

The SPS Team is an international team of artists, artisans and creators working together to promote their finest work!

Every week we are happy and proud to introduce a member of our outstanding team! They come from different backgrounds, countries, cultures and artistic horizons, but they all have one thing in common : they are driven, creative, dynamic, and dedicated to their Etsy business and to their team, SPST!


Today we are excited to introduce Archaica, a shop owner who has a true passion for vintage books, magazines and ads. She opened her Etsy shop, called "Archaic Studio", in May 2013.

In Archaica's shop you will find an amazing selection of vintage books, magazines and advertisements, from beer ads to Hollywood glamorous magazines and appliances ads.

Let's meet Archaica and learn about her Etsy adventure, her passion for vintage memorabilia and the challenges she faces as a vintage seller on Etsy.

Why do you sell on Etsy? As a hobby or full-time job, etc.

My shop at this time is a hobby and has been created in honor of my Dad...a talented illustrator, draftsman and history buff. The items offered in the shop have been accrued over the years... files and files of historical vintage advertisements and memorabilia.

1942 Rita Hayworth "You Were Never Lovelier" Vintage Ad / Ready to Frame / Paper Ephemera

What are the specific challenges of a vintage seller on Etsy?

Initially the challenge faced upon opening the shop on Etsy was becoming acquainted with the process and also educating myself with shipping and handling costs. Since paper items are very fragile, I really wanted to make sure that the buyer is happy with their vintage purchase, receives the item when expected and that it arrives in one piece without being damaged. 

How did your Etsy adventure begin? 

I began by posting just a few items and becoming acquainted with similar shops that sold paper ephemera and vintage advertisements. 

My first sale was long awaited but very rewarding. The prospective buyer's purchase would eventually become a birthday gift for her daughter who was a fan of Lucille Ball.

1954 Vintage New Moon Mobile Living Ad starring Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz in "The Long, Long Trailer" / Ready To Frame / Paper Ephemera

Where do you find your vintage treasures? How do you decide what to offer in your shop?

It all started in the early 40s with my Dad's interest in classic automobiles and continued when he was a student at the School of Visual Arts. Back in the day students collected magazines and created art files from the advertisements for illustrative references. Illustration was much more popular and many students went on to rewarding careers in the advertising industry. 

The items in my shop are just a sampling of a vast collection from decades past. I sort through the files and pull out what I feel would attract someone's interest ads for that beer connoisseur, Hollywood ads for movie star buffs, brand items such as Coca Cola and 7Up for those who would like to decorate their office or home with vintage memorabilia.

1960s Vintage Coca Cola Advertisement Collection / Paper Ephemera / Set of 4

What is the one thing you would like to change most on Etsy to accommodate your business?

I wouldn't change anything right now, the current update was unexpected when it occurred, but I do feel that the admins are trying to help assist sellers with a much smoother process.

Which is your favorite social media to use and recommend to other sellers for cross-promoting and why?

Right now I utilize Facebook and have created a page where I like to post historical spots and team treasuries.

How does a team like SPS Team helps you with your Etsy business?

Joining the SPSTeam has been a rewarding experience. It is a fun team, an interactive team and a team of knowledgeable sellers who would not hesitate to help a team member. 

The SPSTeam has given me the knowledge and courage to promote myself along with other team members.

Thank you so much Archaica for your generosity and your insight!

Visit Archaica's shop today at or connect with her on Facebook!


If you are a member of the SPS Team and wish to be featured on our Team Blog in the series of articles 'Meet our Team Members' do not hesitate to contact our Leader, Natalie!

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My name is Natalie. I am a French-Canadian gal, but I live in South Korea. My passion is called "Hanji" : sumptuous Korean paper made of mulberry pulp. Hanji has been used for a thousand years in Korea to create decorative or ceremonial objects. For me, it is essential to offer useful and practical objects, that can enjoyed on a daily basis. Tissue cases, pen holders, jewelry, fridge magnets, hair accessories: let the beauty and unique character of Hanji paper make our everyday life objects irresistible!

Hanji Pen Holder Pencil Case Desktop HANDMADE Pink Fuschia Purple Hand dyed Rainbow Wheat Country Style  

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