Why is Vintage special

Why is vintage special? That’s easy. Craftsmanship beyond what you will find today. Attention to design and detail. Unique, not mass produced. And probably not many available, possibly very rare. Why follow the crowd when you can go re-use something so special.

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 reachedRead 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 →

17 French Designers you should consider at PumpjackPiddlewick

Oh sure, everyone has heard of Chanel, the pinnacle of French designers, and then of course Dior, Hermès, Yves Saint Laurent, Givenchy, Louboutin, Jean Paul Gautier and Louis Vuitton. Even if you are not into buying a brand name, I think most people are at least familiar with the aboveRead More →

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 townRead More →