Shop Niche & Novelties

The more we find for our shop the more we realise there are simply some things that deserve their own niche. Items that are rather specialist in interest (but maybe we feel should be more main stream?), from Eyeglasses to Umbrellas, Corkscrews to Kitchen gadgets.

It could be seasonal, or particular to a specific type of event, like a first communion, a special day, such as Valentines Day, or a particular person. Hi Mom!

A wonderful thing about searching out vintage items is that so many of them are incredibly beautifully made, very often by hand, are unique and worth showing off with a bit more information, and understanding, than just a moment in our shop window.

Mothers Day Every Day Everywhere at PumpjackPiddlewick

My mother deserves Mothers Day every day. Why? Because she was always right. (Darn it.) It has taken me almost half a century to realise this, which makes her smarter than me. (Darn it, darn it.) And smart mothers deserve some honouring. Pearls of Wisdom My mother was a greatRead More →

What to know before opening an Etsy shop at PumpjackPiddlewick

So you are thinking of opening an Etsy shop. Great idea! Probably. Let’s find out some right up front necessaries. As a multi-year, now multi shop owner on Etsy, I get asked a lot about opening an Etsy shop. Which I think is great, as it means that person isRead More →

Valentines Day is not just for her

When we think of Valentines Day, we generally think of roses, chocolates, getting engaged and, well… generally its about her. As a woman, I think the man gets a rather poor deal out of this. Valentines Day Traditions I am a bit of a traditionalist at heart. I like whenRead More →

Vintage Eyeglasses at PumpjackPiddlewick

I started researching vintage eyeglasses purely by accident. I came across a pair of pince nez in a case at a vide grenier (French version of yard or car boot sale). One of the lenses was missing, but the glasses and particularly its case were really interesting. I liked theRead More →