Coollect

Vintage mid century pottery, glass, tableware, deco

Nijmegen, The Netherlands · 1123 Sales

Coollect

Vintage mid century pottery, glass, tableware, deco

Nijmegen, The Netherlands 1123 Sales On Etsy since 2012

5 out of 5 stars
(389)

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Pauline

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Announcement   Welcome to Coollect. Enjoy my shop with European mid century modern collectables, tableware and design objects. Please contact me with any questions.

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Last updated on Nov 17, 2016

Welcome to Coollect. Enjoy my shop with European mid century modern collectables, tableware and design objects. Please contact me with any questions.

Pauline

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Pauline

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5 out of 5 stars
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V on Feb 18, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Coollect is not the cheapest vintage homeware shop on Etsy but is certainly the "newest". Owner tries to stock in almost unused tableware it is hardly recognized as antique. Safely wrapped and shipped within a reasonable period (it's not going to be at your door within 24 hours). Worth the wait:) will buy again!

Elaine Banks

Elaine Banks on Feb 11, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

The planter is lovely! Exactly as promised. Communication with Pauline was friendly and helpful. My item was shipped quickly and was packaged very well. I'll definitely order from Coolect again.

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Brutalist bronze: lovingly made crucifix, a stunning piece of art.
Brutalist candle holder and other amazing stylish items now in my shop. Prepare for the holidays but not with the obvious decoration.
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About

Treasures that are worth saving

I started my shop because I found lots of nice things that were worth saving but did not exactly fit in with my collections. At first, I left them at the fleamarkets I visited.
But later I found Etsy is a way to make it work both ways. I can buy nice items that will be bought and enjoyed by others. And with the proceeds I can expand my own collections.

And I find I just love my shop. I always dreamt of having one, but life took me another way. And now I have that dream come true. I stock my virtual shelves with pictures of my items.
I have customers coming around at all times of the day and night. They can have a look around, even when I am not there. And when my day job is too busy, I can just leave it for a week and still keep the door open and no need to dust the shelves!

I hope you like my shop and any comment is gladly received. I try to write useful and interesting information about my items and to answer any questions that emerge. So feel free to browse about and ask me whatever you would like to know.
And if you don't find anything today, come back another time!

Some time ago I was interviewed by etsyspot.com.
As the interview is now long lost in the maze of the internet, here is a small part of it:

Why vintage?
When I started collecting ceramics the word Vintage didn’t even exist in that way. I was the one that collected funny vases in odd colours. We never had these vases at home, maybe that made me more aware of them. The things that you grow up with are not immediately the things you may think of as special, they are always there and common in a way. At the time I did not know that what I collected would one day be special, but some of my best finds are from those early days. I like colour, I like craftmanship and I find all of that in vintage ceramics. My passion for German ceramics was strengthened by the fact that I live so close to the source.

What is it about Etsy?
Owning a shop does it for me. As a child I used to wake up to the sound of my grannies shop bell next door. Every day after school I joined her to unpack the wholesalers boxes and stock the shelves, to help customers and giftwrap items. I just loved it, that very oldfashioned shop with a real counter, wooden shelves and a real shop bell. I always dreamt of having a shop myself. And now I have that dream come true.
I can potter about my shop at any time. Nip and tuck, add stock, change pictures or texts, have a chat, answer a question. Make packages to send all over the world. And on top of that, I can do just about every other thing I like most in the world. I can buy more than I need just for myself, I can take pictures of items in the nicest possible way, investigate and research items and then sell them to be able to start that whole process again. Retail therapy in optima forma!

Whats been your most interesting selling experience?
Interesting or amazing? The most amazing thing happened some time ago. Even when I go on a trip with my family, I always want to do a bit of bargain hunting. This time we were in London and I found an Arabia pot in the Oxfam shop in Kensington High Street. We traveled very light, so my daughter had to put some of my stuff in her case to enable me to fit that pot into the maximum Ryanair free bagage limit of 10 kg. I put it up for sale and it was bought by someone in London who – as I found out from the address - lived just around the corner from that Oxfam shop. I had even passed the house in getting there. Isn’t that amazing?

I later had another interview, this time with Rachel from raindropsandrotini.
So if you want to read a bit more:

Can you introduce yourself to my readers?
Hi, my name is Pauline, I’m Dutch and live in a very small village on the Dutch and German border. Our house is actually the last one in The Netherlands, the hedge around the garden is also the border between our countries. I have always been interested in ‘old’ things, even in ‘old’ people: I grew up in the same little town as all my grandparents, I even lived next door to them, and loved their stories of the old days and old ways. In my day job I am an concept developer and copy writer at an advertising agency. But I have also studied art and history, so all these things come together in my hobby’s: finding retro items and then finding out as much as possible about them!

What sparked your interest in vintage?
It wasn’t sparked, I guess, it was just always there, in my genes. I used to be more interested in antiques and vintage, say more romantic, more french style objects. Since I live here, my interest has been caught by more retro and designer items. It is just a small change in interest, but it brought me into a complete new world to explore. I like the history of things. The everyday history of the people that have used the items as well as the history of the development of an item, or the designer or potter that made them. But I also can enjoy the shape or colour or design.

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    Hi, I'm Pauline, I am Dutch and I live on the border of Germany and The Netherlands. I studied art and history, and am interested in all things old that tell a story. I love to find cool things and investigate them. Bright colours make me smile.

Shop policies

Last updated on November 8, 2014
Hi there, just a few words about my shop on Etsy. I sell part of my collection as a hobby. I enjoy the buying of items just as much as the selling and communication with customers. So bring on the questions and I'll enjoy answering them (in English, in het Nederlands, auf Deutsch, en Francais). I use salvaged boxes to send your items, they are always clean and I use new bubble wrap to make sure your item arrives in one piece.

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Payment
Pay me through Paypal or Credit Card, once you have paid I'll send your item within the shortest possible time. I always will let you know when I will send the item, and I'll mark it as dispatched on Etsy once I have done so.

If you are unclear about a price, shipping or combined shipping: convo me in advance and I'll make sure you are clear about any costs.

Vintage and antique items usually are not subject to additional VAT or customs charges, but please make sure how this may affect you in your country when you buy an item online.
Shipping
In every listing I quote the most economical way of shipping that particular item from The Netherlands.

Economy shipping is possible for packages up to 2 kg, these are shipped without Track & Trace. Let me know if you would like T&T, registration or insurance instead of Economy.

Track and Trace shipping is always used for packages over 2 kg.
If you would like registration or insurance, let me know!

If you want to be sure about shipping costs, contact me and I will confirm the costs to your delivery address.

If possible, I will combine shipping within the given boundaries, without extra costs. But please understand that I need some weight for packing your item(s). And 3 kg of items can't be sent in a 2 kg package!

I will send your items as soon as possible after payment. I don't know about customs or taxes in your place, so let me know if I need to heed anything.

I use large amounts of new bubble wrap combined with old materials such as reused cardboard boxes. I try to be as sustainable as possible, even in shipping your item.
Refunds and Exchanges
Something gone wrong? Contact me please and we'll work something out.
Everything is handled according to EU rules or better!
So no worries for you as a buyer.
Additional policies and FAQs
Reservations
If you are thinking about an item but not sure, just let me reserve it for you. A day, a week, untill a special date: let me know! When you have not bought the item within 48 hours I will lift the reserve.

Special requests
If you are looking for an item but can't find it in my listings, ask me. My collection is extensive and my husband would love to see things go! ;-)