We had the good fortune of connecting with Raabia Jawed and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Raabia, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
When I first started selling vintage I was just selling items I no longer wore. I sold through EBay for fun and after my first sell I became more confident in the items I sourced. As I developed my personal style I found people asking me where my clothes were from. This led me to the idea of sourcing items for others. I eventually began selling in person at vintage markets in San Diego. I have had to take a step back from markets due to COVID-19 but I am still selling online. I am constantly curating my shop with items that are vintage but can be worn in a modern way.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Take a chance. You will never know till you try! Selling vintage is not as easy as it may look. Once I started sourcing items for my shop and markets the process became more difficult. I am sourcing, cleaning , modeling, photographing, measuring, processing, and provide customer service by myself. Burnout is real and stepping back to take a break is okay. I do not want to lose the passion and love I have for what I do. A few quick tips: be organized and do not source more items if you have items to process.
I started my shop while attending SDSU full time and I am graduating this semester. Anything is possible.
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.
There are so many things to do in San Diego. I would take them to balboa park or Kate Sessions for a picnic and people watching. To eat we would have to go to Buona Forchetta, tribute, Lola 55, or El Cotixan. There would need to be a day where we go to North County. There we could go to the beach in Encinitas and grab lunch at Modern Times. Last but not least I would take them out to Julian.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My friends have been the most supportive people throughout my journey. Without them my shop would not be what it is today. They are with me at most markets or help me source items throughout San Diego. I look to them for advice and they even partner with me to source the best home goods. Thank you!
Other: Personal Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tinyraabia