We had the good fortune of connecting with Sara Kiser and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sara, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I’ve always loved vintage things; clothing, accessories, furniture. I used to dig through my grandmother’s drawers to look at all her vintage jewelry and trinkets. When I started high school, I realized everyone was dressed the same and that was boring to me. I wanted to stand out, so I started thrift shopping and I’ve been hooked ever since. Combine my love of all things vintage and my obsession with thrifting and a business was born! Each thrifting trip is like a treasure hunt, you never know what you’re gonna find.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
For me, it’s been a long, and sometimes difficult journey but I’ve learned the lessons and I’ve been immensely blessed along the way. If it’s too easy, it’s probably not worth it, right? Just like fashion, life is ever changing, but I think that’s what makes it beautiful. Find your passion and pursue it with everything you have. I don’t want to have any regrets when I reach the end of my earthly life so I intend to experience as much as I can while I still have breath in my body.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I’m a coffee addict, so let’s start there. I would take them to Toasted Coffee + Kitchen for a cortado and breakfast toast. My favorite brunch spot is Company Cafe, they have delicious gluten and dairy free options. Best lunch spot is HG Supply; you have to try the vegan queso. As far as vibes go, Vantina Desert Racer has the best of all, they have great appetizers and good drinks too. Vintage shopping is a must of course. First stop would be Dolly Python and then Lula B’s in the Design District. If you have a dog, you need to check out Mutt’s Dog Park. You can drink, eat and play with dogs all day and who doesn’t love that. My favorite part of Dallas is The Bishop Arts District. I don’t get down there as much as I would like, but it’s always a good time.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
First and foremost, I have to recognize my parents. From day one, they have always encouraged me to pursue my passions and have been supportive of all of my endeavors. Next, I have to shoutout to my fellow women entrepreneurs. I have never been so welcomed and loved by a group of women. Every single person has been kind, supportive and willing to give any advice I’ve needed to help advance my business. It’s never once seemed competitive or cutthroat, it feels more like having a second family. And last but not least, my customers! Nothing makes me happier than to see the items I’ve curated fit someone perfectly and put a huge smile on their face.