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Daily Inspiration: Meet Anna Kinsey

Today we’d like to introduce you to Anna Kinsey.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I bought a little modern coffee table second-hand from a reseller on Instagram. I loved her mix of vintage coastal and colorful decor. I drove several hours to pick the table up because it had taken me so long to find this particular size table.

She is a darling southern woman and we had a great conversation about loving what I’ve come to know as Palm Beach Chic or Coastal Regency.

She encouraged me to open a booth in my local antique store, and when I approached the owner she was excited about the concept and moved me ahead of the waiting list, as no one was featuring mid-century furniture in her store.

I also started posting on Instagram and made connections with a very colorful and interesting group of sellers, pickers, shippers, and clients all over the country. My business is now moving towards estate sales, and my passion remains mid-century modern furniture, art, and decor.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
My business is still evolving, and there are many challenges!

Furniture reselling is competitive, shipping is expensive and customers can be demanding! It’s not a business with a clear plan or outline, and it really feels like I’m just making it up as I go along sometimes.

Also, as a single mother, I don’t have the resources to put money into it as I’d like to grow, and so it remains my side hustle for now. But the goal is always to be able to make it full time, and successful.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
My daughters laugh at the number of jobs I’ve had over the last few years since my divorce. I was a stay-at-home mom for 10 years, but before that, I was a landscape designer and have a degree from Clemson in horticulture.

The furniture thing has been a prominent part of their upbringing, they love to talk about the different art and objects I bring home, and it’s a running joke how many times I’ve changed out our dining room chairs.

I’m proud that they’re seeing me work hard at something I’m really interested in because that’s what I hope for them as well. I’m most known for having great taste!

Is there a quality that you most attribute to your success?
Still trying to figure this one out.

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