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 My Shop and selling wine related items (as you do) I have come to appreciate, recognise and wellContinue Reading

Why are French ceramics particularly famous and unusual. We look into at Pumpjack & Piddlewick

When you think of France, do you think of French ceramics? Limoge typically comes to mind. But what about Sarreguimes, Creil and Montereau, or Moulin des Loups to name a few. Whether you are maker conscious or not, what does stand out with French ceramics is often the sheer quirkiness.Continue Reading

Bring back - items that have gone out of fashion at PumpjackPiddlewick

You know that phrase, ‘in my day… ‘? I have forever tried to not fall into the trap of harking back to something. And I can honestly say I don’t say ‘in my day’. That would make me feel sincerely old. Which I am not. Yet. However, I have reachedContinue Reading

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 theContinue Reading

Exploring the vide grenier at PumpjackPiddlewick

Like many people, I love to visit garage sales (in USA), car boot sales (in UK) or flea markets. Here in France they are called a ‘vide grenier’. It literally translates as ’empty attic’. But what makes them different then the American or UK counterpart is that the whole townContinue Reading