We had the good fortune of connecting with Elisabeth Joy Cuttino-Vereen and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Elisabeth Joy, Let’s talk about principles and values – what matters to you most?
Based on my own personal experiences, I find that being kind to other people is what matters most to me. I absolutely love my service to people and find that kindness helps my small business to grow. Whether its curating my vintage goods for a cause or building long lasting relationships with my customers, I wouldn’t have Noughtie Girl. I want to be at the forefront of bringing back courtesy, respect, and hospitality in the world and I say this, because I firmly believe you never know who your going to meet and how they can help you.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Fresh out of high school is when I started my journey of selling vintage clothing. I had early influences with my parents always taking me and my younger brother thrifting and antiquing. They also ran a flea market booth and we would travel to Athens, GA to sell on the weekends at a market. I find these experiences of interacting with so many different walks of life and observing what people liked, helped me and encouraged me to start curating vintage in 2008. It wasn’t always easy, but those first steps into getting my business was MY business school. Noughtie Girl has a physical location, located in downtown Auburn, Georgia. 45 mins east of Atlanta and 28 miles from UGA. Opening date is in late May.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’m originally from “Decatur, Where Its Greater” and no matter what anyone says, it is indeed G R E A T E R! I grew up on Wesley Chapel, in a neighborhood right across from where the old New Birth location used to be. Back in the 90s, there was A L W A Y S something going on in the neighborhood. I miss those days. Fast forward to now, there are still so many fun and interesting places to visit and hangout. My utmost favorite spot to go to is Dekalb Farmers Market. This place brings back S O many memories! The fresh food is amazing, the interactions with people are awesome, and seeing all of the flags representative of every country is mesmerizing. That would be the first place I would take my best friend, if she or he were visiting my hometown. Another spot I grew up going to is The Glenwood Flea Market off of 285. Me and my dad still go to this market for haircuts on occasion and inside reminds me of the shopping you find in Queens, New York. They have the B E S T artist tees and accessories for your hair. The Glenwood Flea is historical to me and it will A L W A Y S be in my top 5.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I launched Noughtie Girl on Spelmans Campus in 2019. Without the students of The AUC, Noughtie Girl would not have the flavor and hot girl vibes she has today. Everything I do is exclusively influenced by the women at Spelman College, Clark Atlanta, and Morris Brown and I am forever indebted. This is so special, because its completely ran by #BlackGirlMagic. I feel that Black Girls as a whole are underrepresented in the vintage world and we’re showcasing that yes, we wear vintage too!

Website: www.noughtiegirl.com

Instagram: @shopnoughtiegirl

Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/shopnoughtiegirl

Twitter: www.twitter.com/noughtiegirl

Facebook: www.facebook.com/noughtiegirl

Youtube: www.youtube.com/noughtiegirl

Image Credits
Photo Credit to @ayoabigail @mama_blossom

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