City & Sea Vintage

American Made Since 2013

Lisa Quinn

San Francisco, California
Altered Antiques, Original Art and and Re-Imagined Industrial Lighting by Lisa Quinn.

Tell us about your business.

More than just an everyday vintage shop, C&S offers Altered Antiques, Original Home Decor and Industrial Lighting--mostly from items found in junkyards, landfill, and recycle centers.

What makes your business stand out?

Last year, I had a mid-life crisis and abruptly quit my high profile, well-paying, corporate job--with absolutely no Plan B. JERONIMO! It's a rough road, not knowing where you fit anymore. I've spent the last twelve months neck-deep in the Seven Stages of Grief (and Poverty). And you know what? It's true. As bad as it gets, you do come out the other side---Eventually. City & Sea Vintage is the dream I didn't even know I had. It's what I did when I felt completely helpless and didn't know what else to do for myself. It was what came naturally. My true passion was revealed only when all the distractions were ripped away. C&S is a collection of everything I love: chippy, rusty, mossy and tarnished. My passion is finding beauty in things cast away because in my mind, everybody deserves a second chance. Lisa Quinn was an Emmy Award-winning TV Host, Best-Selling Author, and National Brand Spokesperson. Now she sits in her backyard and makes pretty things. And she's happy.

What's the best business advice you've received?

Always buy your materials wholesale. ALWAYS!!!!

Mark Your Calendar

  • Nominations
    June 3–Aug. 29, 2014

    Nominate yourself or other aspiring makers.

  • Judging
    June 23–Sept. 9, 2014

    Judges will select finalists throughout this period.

    Meet the judges
  • Online Voting
    Sept. 15–Oct. 13, 2014

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  • Winners Announced
    Oct. 17, 2014

    2014 Award Winners and Audience Choice Winner announced.

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  • American Made Event
    Nov. 7–8, 2014

    Join us for our annual event in New York City.

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