For starters, please tell me your name, what shop you represent, and where you are located:
I'm Betsy, owner, founder and creative director of Scout Salvage and Vintage Rescue-a vintage shop in Old City, Philadelphia
Are there any specialties your shop is known for?
Scout is known for having really well-priced vintage clothing, housewares and furniture, with a selection of new and handmade items that compliment our vintage selection and brand. We sell all of it via our website at www.scoutsalvage.com or via Instagram @scoutsalvage.
What are five things I'd be sure to see if I wandered the neighborhood where your shop is located?
Old City is a really funny little neighborhood, it's the historic district of Philly, so it's full of tourists and tour groups all day. The Liberty Bell is right down the street, and we are around the corner from The Betsy Ross House and our shop is smack dab in the middle of it all. If you were here, you'd see dudes dressed as Benjamin Franklin all over the place, horse drawn carriages with families in the backs taking lots of photos. One of my favorite sights is to see a tour-guide caught out of character with headphones on or smoking a sneaky cigarette in the alley. Another favorite sight in Old City is the window display of the tech company Weblinc-which is a totally bizarro scene with little clown mannequins holding butcher knives and fake plastic steaks-people are always staring in trying to figure out what kind of company would have that window.
Our shop mascot is either my van, or our resident taxidermy Jackalope, which was a gift from my father when I opened the store. The crew he had managed when he owned a business gave it to him when he retired, and he gave it to me when I opened the store. We're making t-shirts later on this summer with him on them. (the jackalope-not my dad)
Describe the most exciting or weird customer you have ever had.
My most exciting customer was Tina Fey. I had to stop myself from screaming LIZ LEMON!!!!!!
Our coat of arms would be my vintage 1988 Dodge Van with crossed antlers underneath, that would be so Scout....
And lastly, because I'm Betty Turbo, I must ask: What is your favorite dessert?
Desserts....oh boy...I have recently discovered my love for Mochi and I'm kinda obsessed. My boyfriend keeps it in his freezer at all times, he's such a good dude. I have a soft spot for Tastycake cupcakes and shoo-fly pie cause I'm a true Pennsylvanian at heart. I grew up in a very PA Dutch household so anything with that molasses flavor is right up my alley.