If you’ve ever met Angel at a Rummage you will know her for her friendly and upbeat personality. She’s often sharing her knowledge of producing stickers or negotiating a discount for a returning customer. So sweet! Angel started Veevo Charms at the start of what has been a chaotic year, but that certainly hasn’t dampened her popularity. Her stickers, keychains and totes are equal parts colourful, cute and cool. Her creativity and talent for producing creative products just keeps growing. Have a read!
What is your name? Hi! My name is Angel Vo (V-oh), nice to meet you.
Can you tell us a little bit about who you are and what you do? I’m a post graduate medical science student, I got into a job working as a personal support worker but then was made redundant due to COVID-19. Since the first wave of COVID-19 in Brisbane, I have been at home playing games on the switch or watching Anime! These hobbies encouraged me to open an Etsy surrounding games and anime I love and that’s how veevocharms was born in July 2020.
Can you tell us about your wares? I make hama bead keychains and earrings. Hama beads are made of polystyrene, which is a fancy word for plastic, and I make my designs on an app called 8-bit painter before I go ahead and melt my beads. I add the silverware myself and package them for my Etsy store. I recently started adding stickers to my business and it’s been real fun learning the different sticker paper and laminates you can add to make them unique to your style.
Why do you do what you do? It was simply because I used to work at Anime Conventions before COVID-19 was around and love interacting with customers who also loved anime or games. I was able to bond with them over something I have read, watched or played and it was super fulfilling to be able to talk to others about these the things I am interested in. I was helping a friend sell t-shirts at these conventions and thought maybe one day I could open my own stall and sell.
How did you get into it? I used to always want to open a store, I was in the makings of one but it didn’t work out because I was studying full-time and wasn’t able to express myself creatively while juggling assignments and exams. Once I was done and graduated, I felt I was able to focus on the finer details of opening a store. Of course, I did my research before jumping in and it took a lot of courage but I think I did the right thing and I absolutely enjoy every second of it. Seeing reviews, packaging orders (super therapeutic), replying to comments and all. It really makes me feel warm inside!
Who are some other artists, crafters, creatives that you love? And why?Some local artist I like are Sumithreads/Henry Feng (@sumithreads on instragram) and Kyo (@kyojimuro). But I also like Makoto Shinaki who has worked in Weathering with You, Your Name, Garden of Words, Children Who Chase Lost Voices and 5 centimetres per Second. I also like the works of Hayao Miyazaki who is a cofounder of Studio Ghibli, he is a Japanese animator, filmmaker, screenwriter and manga artist.
What excites you? Almost everything. It would be easier to name things that don’t excite me. I adore all art styles, drawing techniques, finished products like pottery or woodworks. Being able to see the joy the artist is in when they completed their project is truly amazing. It brightens up my day. But I also like food, movies, games, dressing up/cosplaying and cute animals!
We think of a rummage stall as a mini shopfront, how do you make your rummage stall your own? I would set it up with metal cube units to make it visually appealing. It helps attract customers to look what’s available in my store. I also try to stick to my colour theme of baby blue through my packaging or my business card.
Can you offer any tips on setting up a rummage stall? I believe having organisation with your set up helps customer see what you have to offer and can see clearly what they are buying. A lot of the time when items are just tossed into the suitcase it isn’t visually appealing, customers are less likely to approach and interact (even if you have good deals!).
What do you like about attending Suitcase Rummage? How relaxed and chilled the environment is, how I can also meet locals who enjoy my products and give them discounts only they will have since they attended the Suitcase Rummage. It allows me to get my name out there through customers and create a fanbase. I love interacting with all my customers and enjoy chatting to all of them, that’s the best part about Suitcase Rummage.
What is the next step for you? What does the future hold? I want to be able to open my own stall at one of the local anime conventions (e.g. Supanova/Madman festival). I also want to move from Etsy interface to my own website. These are all plans I have but I don’t know when it will all happen. I’m just going with the flow.
What’s your favourite place or thing to do in your city? Probably visit GOMA or eat food. GOMA is always changing their art exhibits and art works so it’s always inspiring to go see what other local artist have done and come up with my own interpretation of what the meaning of their art is or just admire how cool it is.
Where can we find and follow you? My Etsy is VeevoCharms: https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/VeeVoCharms