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.

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 →

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 →

Why you should choose vintage and antiques over modern day at PumpjackPiddlewick

Pumpjack and I are very into old stuff. We simply love vintage and antiques. Always have done. But why, what’s so special about them, you may ask? I have heard, or overheard, sometimes that some people don’t like the idea of buying what others have owned, worn or used. NowRead More →