We had the good fortune of connecting with Molly Shea and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Molly, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
Get ready for the cliche… honestly love. I’m a mother of 2 and I wanted to be able to be with them constantly. So that was the original draw to all of this. I could take my 2 year old with me while sourcing, my 6 year old loves doing so much of the refinishing and staging with me. It was just perfect for what I needed at the time. And then, I just started to fall in love with everything about this. The pieces themselves, the stories behind their time periods, the makers, all the different styles, the community, oh my gosh, the community of small business owners and vintage lovers I have met along this journey is absolutely incredible. Once I fell in love with it, everything fell into place. And don’t get me wrong, sometimes this line of work can get super stressful and there’s such ebbs and flows you have to acknowledge but never really know how to plan around… but as long as you have a true passion for what you’re doing and know what/who you’re doing it for, it will show and it will pay off.
What should our readers know about your business?
Dandelion Decorium has kind of taken off in so many ways that I could have never really imagined. I started out as just “your local boho/mid century dealer” and slowly I came to realize the importance of what I was doing in the aspect of sustainability and recycling. Then even my own style/inventory evolved as I began to learn more about design. I never went to school for interior design, I just had an eye for what I liked and thought looked good but then I started to learn so so much while doing this. I’m most proud of what I’ve been able to learn doing this and how I’ve been able to evolve, thru the vintage selling market, style wise, mindset wise… the evolution is also what I’m most excited for. I can’t wait to see where interior design goes. I can’t wait to see where the concept of shopping sustainably takes us.
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.
How exciting, a week of showing someone all the best spots around. I would love being able to show off all the cool little secret/not so secret local gems.
First off, I survive on coffee so let’s get that list out of the way. We would obviously need to go to Luana’s for some breakfast pizza and an iced “it’s not you it’s me”, and I would have to show off some of the mirrors and decor that were purchased from me that hang on the walls. Since I live in and love downtown Gilbert we would have to grab a Rosie Girl from the new Spce Coffee and walk around downtown and check out the water tower. I’m also an absolute sucker for a Vietnamese coffee and Liberty Market has one of my absolute favorites, not to mention some of the yummiest breakfasts around.
Then, of course, we would obviously have to go check out some vintage shops. Some of my favorites are Main Street Antique Mall, Buckhorn Vintage and Retro Bungalow.
When it comes time for some happy hour, really any of the Upward Projects concepts is a must. The best happy hours and so many locations. Joyride for some tacos and margaritas, Windsor for some cocktails and fondue. Postino for some wine and bruschetta.
At some point I would have to show off some of the incredible small shop owners around the valley including Ivol for some truly unique goodies and Pueblo, to admire all the beautiful plant babies.
Dinner must haves would include Clever Koi in downtown Gilbert for some classic cocktails and incredible ramen. We would have to sample so many of the locally owned concepts in downtown Chandler as well. Hidden house, the Perch, Crust…
When it comes to cocktails we would have to find our way to the speak easy underneath Crust, the Ostrich, to drink and feel as if it’s the roaring 20’s. At some point we’d have to make our way to Murphy’s law for some frozen peanut butter shots. One night would be dedicated to an evening at Valley Bar experiencing downtown Phoenix and it’s amazing night life,
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I absolutely wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for all the others small business owners I’ve met along the way. It was thru so many of them I found inspiration and discovered my love for this world of design and sustainability and vintage. There’s too many to mention; there’s some I have never even had a real conversation with and they’re solely just a role model to me without even knowing it. There’s some that have become such good friends to me and who help with so many little aspects of the day to day of this business, they probably don’t even know how impactful they are. It’s truly such a beautiful community that I couldn’t not acknowledge it and not take the moment to say “thank you”.