Spotlight on Penny Street Collectables

In the coming weeks, Visit Lancaster is shining the spotlight on some of the brilliant independent businesses in our local Lancashire region.

This time, it’s Penny Street Collectables! Penny Street Collectables is a small independent Lancaster-based shop filled with a mix of contemporary and vintage items. Often unique pieces that are timeless and made for keeping.

Owner Jess believes strongly in the reduce, reuse and recycle ethos and source ethically whenever possible. Enjoy exploring the shop, it’s small but I pack a lot in!

We spoke with owner Jess Tubman and here’s what she has to share.


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How would you describe Penny Street Collectables in a line or two?
Mingling contemporary and vintage influences into a quirky and charismatic harmony. Unique pieces that you never get tired of.

 

What was the inspiration behind starting Penny Street Collectables?
My first Saturday jobs were working in lovely local independent shops in Wareham, Dorset and Tavistock, Devon. I always talked about having my own shop one day. I have a passion for antiques and collectables, and buying and selling, so this venture is bringing it all together.

 

What was Penny Street Collectables like in the early days?
We’re still in the early days. We are only 3.5 years old, and the last year has been in lockdown, like the rest of the country! Penny Street Collectables has had to evolve, hence the new website.

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How has Penny Street Collectables evolved over the years?
We have a larger stock of Emma Bridgewater now. We do more painted furniture and have brought in more studio pottery and crafts by different makers to compliment the vintage stock. Penny Street Collectables has become a well established busy little shop and social hub for many people in Lancaster.

 

What are you excited about in the months and years ahead?
We are excited about opening up the shop again on 12th April, hopefully. Lancaster has an amazing community that has supported local businesses through the lockdown. It will just be lovely to see all the customers face to face again.

As for the years ahead, I am hoping to discover new artists and more exciting finds to sell in my shop. We had a special visit/valuation day from Antiques Road Trip expert, David Harper last year and discussed featuring on the Antiques Road Trip programme and pencilled in more valuation days for after the pandemic.

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What’s the most interesting piece you’ve stocked?
This is a tricky question, because all vintage stock has its own story. Many pieces that leave the shop I doubt I will ever see anything like it again. One piece that stands out for me was a French Art Deco pink lamp with the most amazing glow.

 

What’s the most vintage piece you’ve stocked?
I had a French bronze medal, which was given from the president of France to all the majors in the country at a large garden party gala in Paris. It was interesting to look up the heritage and story behind this item.

 


When the lockdown is over and you can once again return to our beloved high streets, please remember to support and shop local.

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