We’ve asked Janet Morales and Stu Eli, owners of the ever-inspiring vintage shop Three Potato Four, to curate a special collection of Fossil Finds.  From vintage team photos and sporting equipment to felt banners and loving cup trophies, the collection reflects their love of 20th-century collegiate ephemera and varsity Americana.  Janet and Stu agreed to let us pick their brains about the business and doing what they love most: collecting and curating. Read on to learn more about this studly duo, and when you’re done, head on over to Fossil.Life.Style and check out their sweet collection of vintage finds!

1. Vintage Globe  2. Vintage Baseball Trophy  3. Vintage Pennant Set  4. Vintage Football Team Photo 5. Vintage Catcher’s Chest Protector 6. Vintage Wooden Skateboard  7. Vintage Plaid Blanket 8. Vintage Exercise Dumbells 9. Vintage Loving Cup Trio

Q. How did you get started in vintage? How long have you been in the field?

A. We have always loved collecting.  Both of our families were big into collecting antiques, so you could almost say that it’s in our blood.  After working many years in the design industry, we decided to start our own online retail shop that focused on what we love: found objects.  That was back in 2007.

Q. What made you decide to start your own business?

A. We started our own business for a few reasons, but the primary ones were to be able to do what we love and have a more flexible schedule to spend more time together as a family.

Q. What’s the most rewarding thing about your work?
A. The most rewarding thing about our work is that, for most of the time, we can achieve a work-life balance and truly enjoy our work.
Q. What inspires you as a person?
A. Both in business and personal life, we try to always remember that there’s a balance. The good will always come with some bad (and vice versa).
Q. What’s the best vintage find you’ve ever scored?
A. Probably the best find was an antique full-size canvas saddlemaker’s fitting horse. Incredible!
Q. Now that vintage Americana has become so popular, has it changed the way you work?
A. Yes, it just forces us to work harder to find that unique and special piece.