A few months ago after scouring the internet for all things vintage, I delightfully stumbled upon Thrifty Threads run by the very sweet and talented Kayla. We since have become insta friends and we had the pleasure of speaking with this absolute stylish babe about her life, store and beach living.
Kayla can you introduce yourself to our readers – who you are, where you live, and a little about yourself?
I am a young Australian spending most days by the beach with my puppy and my fiancé. I own a small online clothing store called Thrifty Threadz.
How did Thrifty Threads come to fruition? What’s the story behind the business?
I used to thrift shop for fun in my spare time for my own closet. I use to get heaps of questions of where I get all my clothes from and heaps of people interest in what I wore. I then started up an instagram account just selling a few items and it sort of just exploded.
What are your biggest challenges as a business owner and how do you overcome them?
One big challenge is not taking things personally. The internet/social media world is very toxic these days and I get some very nasty messages or comments sometimes and its hard not to take comments personally. I have learnt to look at it as a reflection of them and not myself. As long as Ive been my best self, thats all I can do.
How do you balance your work life, home life, and time for yourself?
One of the biggest challenges would be finding a work/life balance only because I really love what I do. Its sometimes very hard to detach yourself (especially when its an online business) from your phone/laptop. I have a bad habit of still working late at night or when I'm on holidays. Ive just learnt to either turn my phone off or go to the beach and swim in the ocean. This defiantly switches my brain off for a bit :)
What would you say to someone who wants to try starting their own business?
Go for it! Don’t listen to anyones else options of what you should and shouldn’t do. If it doesn’t succeed, try something else! Life’s way too short to not try different things out that make YOU happy!
What does style mean to you?
Im in love with styles! I love trying out different colours and materials and just playing around with my style. I don’t think there is any right or wrong styles, its just what works for you!
Where do you feel most inspired?
Defiantly the beach! If you have seen my instagram page I'm ALWAYS at the beach. Its where I can detach from my phone and listen to the beautiful sounds and come up with new and creative ideas.
And finally - can you tell our readers what you love our Usha Bags?
INLOVE! These bags are so original! For me, they reflect happiness and positivity with the colourful patterns. Plus they are a perfect size for all the beach essentials.