Want to raise a golden empire from scratch? Grab your creativity, combine it with dawn-to-after-dusk hard work under the tutelage of Sophia Amoruso in her new book #Girlboss.

Amoruso’s early beginnings start at her local thrift stores where she shopped for vintage she cleaned, styled, photographed, sold on Ebay, and shipped to buyers. I like the idea of vintage; my stunning personality and mother’s 1940s jacket netted me the first of several dates with a guy all the single girls drooled over at church in the 1980s. Having lived much of what is considered “vintage” these days (I’m a “sexy’-generian, remember?!), I don’t buy it. (I might make an exception and follow in Julia Roberts vintage Valentino footsteps if I ever am invited to the Oscars…) But enough folks did buy vintage to start Nasty Gal on its path to the more than $100 million online fashion retailer named 2012 Inc. Magazine “fastest growing retailer.”

How did the girl who once took a job checking IDs at an art school in order to get health insurance to get a hernia fixed escalate to mega-success? I don’t buy vintage, but I did buy the book. It’s worth the $26.95 (less online at Amazon) to discover the secrets of this rising fashion star’s route to online success!

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