We had the good fortune of connecting with Elizabeth Lawrence and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Elizabeth, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I started my business She’s Oh So Thrifty my freshman year of college. I always thrifted with my Dad as child and I loved every bit of it. I never liked dressing like everyone so in college a lot of people would ask where I got my clothes from and I said I thrifted and they didn’t believe me. People started offering me money to thrift for them so I decided to make a business out of it. I printed off flyers in the Art Department and hung and gave them out around campus to promote my Pop Up Shops on campus. Then I started my first website with Storevnvy and continued to have and participate in Pop Up Shops in Chattanooga, TN. Now I currently live in Colorado Springs for the past 2 years and I’ve been welcomed with open arms with the vintage community. I’ve made new friends and met other like minded Vintage Resellers and Creatives. I am happy to be a part of my friend Chelsea’s vintage collective called The Hause which houses different vintage curators/creatives in Colorado Springs in two mall locations, Citadel and Chapel Hills Mall.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
So I started by business off as thrifting then I slowly started customizing the thrifted pieces. Since a lot of people thrift now I wanted to find my niche in thrifting which is Wearable Art. When I say Wearable Art I am thrifting pieces and giving them a new life with some type of artwork on them that I create. There have been times where I have pieces for a while and I’m like dang no one wants to buy them. I ended up putting them in my friend’s shop and sold so fast. A guy even came back looking for more. With that being said sometimes you will create something and it won’t sale for awhile, that doesn’t mean it’s bad. It just means the right person hasn’t seen it yet. Definitely when it comes to creating you have to stay patient and continue to create. The main lessons I’ve learned along the way is to know your worth and consistency is key! I want people to know with my brand is I truly enjoy what I do, thrifting and creating are definitely my passion and purpose. It’s a great feeling to know there are people out there in the world that love what you do and create. My biggest supporters are people that I didn’t even know. My brand’s purpose is to provide sustainable fashion and give people the knowledge of other options of shopping.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would of course bring my best friend to the shops I work at, take her thrifting and stop by Eclectic in Old Colorado City and show her my items they carry. I am a cannabis enthusiast so of course we would smoke the entire week, go to dispensary so she can get the experience and I would have my boyfriend make us cannabis dinner, he’s a cannabis chef. I would have to take my best friend to this new restaurant collective in downtown Colorado Springs called COATI. After all the good food I would take us to Red Rocks for the views and get a hike in with my dog Medi.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would honestly have to give credit to dad Mosie Lawrence. He is the one that ensiled the concept on thrifting to me. I’ve been thrifting with my dad since I could remember as a child. He would pick me up after school from my Grandma’s house and we would always go thrifting. Everyone in the thrift stores knew my Dad by name. He’s such a people person and has never met a stranger which has definitely rubbed off on me. He would always introduce me to them because he was always bragging about my grades and me playing sports. When I came home from Christmas Break my freshman year of college I told my parents about the business I wanted to start. My Mom Rubye actually helped me come up with the name She’s Oh So Thrifty. Both of my parents have always supported me with my business and are both very much proud of me and how far I have come and sticking to it.
Other: Soundcloud Monthly Playlist: https://soundcloud.com/beenthrifty Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/lizigns
Photo of me taken by my boyfriend Bradlee Holloway. All other images where taken and edited by me.