Pandora's Box, a curiosity shop musings and thoughts.
Thank you York for welcoming us. We are enjoying settling in and getting used to having foot fall and curious tourists. We are preparing the shop for Christmas and beginning to process the Christmas pre-orders that have already come in. We are making some custom pieces and lots of Christmas baubles (ornaments, US friends). We have scheduled an opening and info can be found on our events page. We are looking forward to the Christmas Markets and most certainly to the arrival of Father Christmas who has a grotto right down the road in King's Square.
We are always looking for items to buy, our preferred buying day is Sunday but arrangements can be made via email. We can't buy everything as we have specific needs and requirements we have to follow. We may be able to consider trades on special items as well. Feel free to email or call with any enquires.
I know for some of you it has been shocking to find us gone from our Milford location. Greg is English and we've decided to come home. Since the Visa process is quite complex, we were unable to share this until it was a definite. At that point, we had 30 days to go! so Milford, we can't thank you enough for all you did for our little dream. We will miss you dearly.
So here we are, today we have moved Into our new shop location in York, England. We are located at 21 Colliergate and will be unofficially open almost right away as we need to get business going again! We have some great hopes and dreams for this new space and can't wait to share them with you. We will likely have a Christmas Open House with an opening party in early December but will be open for business by the 10th of November. We will update this on our social media and events pages. We invite our new local friends and customers to swing by anytime after Tuesday just to say hello and see the boxes. No formal open hours will be posted until we are settled.
We are so excited to be here in York! Thanks everyone for your business. We need you and won't ever treat you otherwise. <3
We are so appreciative of our customers and friends. So many customers have become real friends and that's a bonus we never expected. Thank you all.
People frequently ask if what we do is hard and tell us how lucky we are. We are lucky, incredibly so! We know this. It is very hard. The same struggles that you experience with any job exist but the worries are larger because it's yours so you naturally care more.
We have been taking Thursdays off for a few weeks now and while we know that may be inconvenient for some, it's necessary to have time off together.
We have a big sale and anniversary party coming up on July 25th to celebrate 4 years as a brick and mortar shop.
Some of you have been following us for most of that time, some of you have just found us! We value you all so much.
We have shipped items to Australia, England, Denmark, Canada and all over the United States. As we direct more business to our website, we find we also ship a lot of items to people who are within an hour or two of the shop. We would love to meet you if you haven't made it in. Those online sales are an integral part of our business, but I promise there is so much more to see than you can see on the site or Instagram.
We recently received some Reader's Choice Awards and were incredibly flattered to receive # 1 in Milford for both Gift Shop and Antiques & Vintage along with an honorable mention for Home Decorating Store. We also received a Regional Silver For Antiques& Vintage and a Regional Bronze for Museum! The museum one really struck us as funny, but people do come to visit like we are a museum. We have no immediate plans to charge admission to the shop :)
Thanks for reading our rambling shop updates!