#30Under30PHL - Maggie Farrell
If you're a Pinterest addict, then you must have heard of Maggpie Vintage. If not, then get to Googlin' asap! Today's #30Under30PHL profile is of the lovely Maggie Farrell. After reading her profile below, one quote stuck out to us. "I really think that happiness can be a matter of choice, not just luck." Beautifully said Maggie! Enjoy her profile everyone.
1. How old are you?
2. What do you do?
I own (with my fiancé Jason Hoak) Maggpie Vintage Rentals, a vintage rental furniture company. We have created an inventory from items found through our travels, flea markets, antique stores, the list goes on. We also have a collection of pieces built in-house by Jason. Like our Chesterfield tables. They are 48"x101" wood dining tables and we currently have 50 in stock that go out almost every weekend. We furnish all types of events, weddings, cooperate, intimate gatherings at private residences, etc. we offer tables, chairs, upholstered furniture, china (basically anything your average rental company would have but our inventory is more one of a kind).
3. What neighborhood in Philly do you call home?
Kensington. We live in our warehouse.. It's more exciting than it sounds.
4. What is your favorite thing right now about Philly?
Our teams (Phillies, Eagles, Flyers). They make the city feel like a big family... Until they lose..
5. What do you consider your greatest achievement thus far?
Well I would have to pick two things, since they happened so close together. Last June, the week we put our house up for sale in Wilkes-Barre, PA, signed the new lease to our Philadelphia warehouse & began moving our lives/business here I was diagnosed with cancer. Within a year we successfully moved Maggpie from Wilkes-Barre to Philadelphia, made a name for ourselves in the event industry in Philadelphia and I’m currently in remission. (Insert flexing emoji here)
6. If not yourself, who would you like to be?
I would have to go with myself. I'm pretty excited to see what the future holds + what I can continue to achieve and become.
7. Your idea of happiness.
I always try to remind myself that happiness does not have to be seen as this elusive emotion you always have to be chasing after. As I get older (and hopefully wiser), I can attest to the fact that happiness can be found in pursuing one's passion. Starting a business from the ground up has certainly not been easy, but there is nothing else that I'd rather be doing. I have also chosen to be happy - I really think that happiness can be a matter of choice, not just luck. I try my best day in and day out to keep any negativity out of my life. It's not always easy, but I've learned that I'm happiest when I'm pursuing my own happiness and fostering positive emotions, such as gratitude and empathy.
8. Guiltiest pleasure?
Byrnes Tavern. Go there.
9. Favorite inspirational quote?
Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.
10. What do you appreciate the most in your friends?
When they completely understand why I seem to fall off the face of the earth sometimes because of my work schedule and I don't have to apologize for it.
11. Favorite food in Philly?
We go for Pho a lot.
12. Favorite drink in Philly?
Anything with gin
13. Favorite song right now?
My favorite song is “Midnight Train to Georgia"
14. A book you plan on reading?
I hardly have time to read a magazine, which are my favorite.
15. A book that powerfully impacted your life?
I think I was in 6th grade the last time I read a book. Don't get me wrong, I love reading.. Maybe in 30 years.
16. Name one historical figure you would like to have coffee with.
17. How do you like your coffee?
cream + sugar
18. Your main fault.
My lack of patience.
19. What is your most prized material possession?
I have a whole warehouse full of them. If I had to pick one though, it would be my set of 4 Napolean style, original, deconstructed arm chairs.
20. Your biggest failure.
There's a lot of things that I can say I wish I didn't do but each one of them led me to where I am today in a lot of areas so I can't necessarily say they're failures. Except the name of my LLC, THAT was a failure. (For those of you who know)
21. What you learned from that failure?
I can create a DBA and pretend it doesn't exist... until I have to do anything official.
22. What is your greatest fear?
Losing a close friend or family member.
23. Where will you be in 30 years?
Jason and I always talk about opening a store one day. Once we're done hoarding as much furniture as we can..if I can handle parting with it all. Then maybe I can read a book.
24. Favorite thing to do on a Sunday?
In the summer.. take Marty + Henry swimming (our Golden Retrievers) The winter.. a long day trip to a great antique store.
25. Best date spot?
TV in our bed. Because this never happens.
26. What does happiness mean to you?
It’s a pretty straight forward one. Laughter. I feel happiest when I am uncontrollably laughing.
27. Twitter or Instagram?
28. Describe Philly in a Tweet.
29. Who should everyone follow on Instagram?
I'm sorry to have to say it but fuckjerry or thefatjewish. Why? Because they're hilarious. Who doesn't love a good laugh?
30. Pats or Genos?
#30Under30PHL is a month-long series highlighting Philadelphia’s most ambitious women. Created in collaboration with Femme & Fortune and Alex Kacala.