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Exploring Life & Business with Andi Modugno of Lazy Eye Shop

Today we’d like to introduce you to Andi Modugno.

Hi Andi, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
While I have always been interested in recycled options & second-hand clothing, I was greatly inspired while working in a small shop in San Luis Obispo called Curio. While working there, I found a new passion for recycled clothing and finding old pieces that matched current trends. After graduating from Cal Poly, I stayed in town and kept working there. Curio had a carefully selected vibe, which allowed you to “hunt” through the best thrift store picks. Once I moved home to Goleta, I was really missing working there. I decided to start an Instagram shop but quickly realized that I missed the personal connection of talking with the customers and seeing who would claim all the special pieces I found. At the time, pop-ups weren’t really happening around Santa Barbara, so I decided to connect with local businesses to see if they would host me. I made some great connections this way & ended up doing pop-ups for the next five years. In 2019, I found a permanent home in an artist collective space where I remained for a year. It was a great way to work out the kinks and logistics of running a shop. Finally in 2020, I found my perfect location in Old Town Goleta. I have been in this space since September and am loving it dearly.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
My biggest struggle has been balancing my full-time job as a teacher and my passion for selling second-hand. I really enjoy both and they each feed me in different ways. I have been able to pursue both of these paths, but I continue to struggle with the balance. I feel very lucky to have two areas in which I find so much joy.

We’ve been impressed with Lazy Eye Shop, but for folks who might not be as familiar, what can you share with them about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Lazy Eye Shop is a place to find unique pieces at affordable prices. I think that vintage & recycled clothing should be accessible to all. It has been really exciting to see the younger generations moving away from fast, unsustainable fashion and towards second-hand options. I hope to continue to encourage that! Supporting our community and local businesses is also very important to me. When I opened a physical shop, I wanted to showcase other local makers’ pieces. When someone is looking for a gift, I love being able to provide some local options instead of them grabbing something online. We are lacking these kinds of small shops in Goleta, and I feel excited to bring something new to our community. Lazy Eye is a place to treasure hunt. Come find a colorful, funky, one-of-a-kind piece without blowing your bank account. And all the while supporting mama Earth!

We love surprises, fun facts and unexpected stories. Is there something you can share that might surprise us?
Our name! I have had so many people ask about the meaning behind Lazy Eye. And the answer is that over the years, selling second-hand clothing, I hear a lot of people say that they love the idea of buying used clothing, but that thrifting was too overwhelming and took too much time. Lazy Eye’s goal is to let the customer be a little lazy (with a smaller, less overwhelming selection than a thrift store) and let us be your eye! My dad is the one who came up with it and it really stuck!

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Kathy Wang Danica Modugno Celina Garcia

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