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Molly Salvi in Elgin TX

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Where did you grow up?​

In the gold country outside of Sacramento, California.​

What brought you to Austin?

I came to play music and stayed for love.

What do you do for a living?

I collect and sell vintage for my online shop Squashblossom Vintage as well as curating collections for private clients and designers. I do some freelance styling too.

How did you get started?

It took me a little time to accept that I could do what I love and what comes naturally to me for a living. I thought I should be doing something traditional and “responsible” with my college degree but felt so uninspired by the jobs I had in the fashion industry. I quit my job one day and began working for Cindy Spade at Ver Unica in San Francisco and learned so much from her. When I moved to Austin I started my business and have never looked back.

What’s your favourite thing about your city?

Elgin is a sleepy little country town just outside of Austin so we really get the best of both worlds. We have a quiet old farm house but are just 20 minutes away from some of the best music in the country when we need that.

What’s the last treasure you found?

Matching vintage Hungarian embroidered blouses for my girls.

If you were going to eat your last meal in Austin, where and what would you eat?

The chicken Pipian mole at El Meson on Burleson.

If you could have a sleepover with anyone who has ever existed, who would it be?

My dad. I would have loved for him to know my girls.

If your life was a TV show, what would be the theme song?

Honky Tonk Girl by Loretta Lynn.

What does Austin need that it doesn’t have now?

A train to Elgin!

Visit Squashblossom Vintage online and follow Molly on instagram @squashblossomvintage.

© 2012 Arden Wray