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.

benicia iridescence on antique glass found at PumpjackPiddlewick

I have a fascination for antique glass. There is something about the discrepancies you can often see in it. Sometimes it is a bubble, sometimes more of a distortion in the view. Glass has become an interest since digging up the back garden, especially Big Dig 1, and Side B.Read More →

How many different types of corkscrew are there at PumpjackPiddlewick

Have you given much thought to the humble corkscrew? Beyond that it opens your bottle of wine. Nah, me either. It’s all about the wine, if we are honest. Except, since opening Our Shop and selling wine related items (as you do) I have come to appreciate, recognise and wellRead More →

finding lots of hand blown marbles in our restoration garden at PumpjackPiddlewick

There’s a lot to be learned about marbles. And note the ‘s’ ending. I’m not speaking of the stone we use sometimes for kitchen counters or fireplace surrounds. Rather, those little glass balls we used to play games with when we were kids. Those marbles. With an s. Actually, IRead 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 →