HarlansEmporium

Harlan's Emporium of the Curious and the Bizarre

Waterloo, Iowa · 176 Sales

HarlansEmporium

Harlan's Emporium of the Curious and the Bizarre

Waterloo, Iowa 176 Sales On Etsy since 2014

5 out of 5 stars
(46)

Announcement   Purveyors of unique Steampunk and fantasy goods!

Announcement

Last updated on Jan 9, 2016

Purveyors of unique Steampunk and fantasy goods!

Jennifer and Cordelia

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Jennifer and Cordelia

Winged Warrior Mask
Winged Warrior Mask
$30.00
Silvered Lilac Mask
Silvered Lilac Mask
$40.00
Moonlit Daisy Mask
Moonlit Daisy Mask
$40.00
Golden Feathered Mask
Golden Feathered Mask
$35.00
Green Vining Mask
Green Vining Mask
$40.00
Steampunk Poison Ivy Mask and Necklace
Steampunk Poison Ivy Mask and Necklace
$70.00
A Study in Scarlet
A Study in Scarlet
$25.00
Harlequin Goggles
Harlequin Goggles
$20.00
Scarlet Lady's Quizzing Glass
Scarlet Lady's Quizzing Glass
$35.00
Pixie Magic
Pixie Magic
$20.00
Tea Club: Pitch This
Tea Club: Pitch This
$10.00
Tea Club: Be My Guest
Tea Club: Be My Guest
$10.00
Tea Club: Hey, Sugar
Tea Club: Hey, Sugar
$8.00
Tea Club: The First Rule
Tea Club: The First Rule
$8.00
Mermaid's Treasure
Mermaid's Treasure
$25.00
Steampunk Necklace: "Key to Other Doors"
Steampunk Necklace: "Key to Other Doors"
$35.00
Secret Societies Lapel Pin
Secret Societies Lapel Pin
$12.00
A Fine Affair Lapel Pin
A Fine Affair Lapel Pin
$12.00
Watch Necklace: "Heart Stopper"
Watch Necklace: "Heart Stopper"
$40.00
Gears and Gardens
Gears and Gardens
$30.00
Steampunk Garden Pendant: "Life Finds a Way"
Steampunk Garden Pendant: "Life Finds a Way"
$25.00
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Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(46)
katie8562

katie8562 on May 16, 2017

4 out of 5 stars

Shipped on time, cute although a little pricey.

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About

In the beginning....

We started making jewelry five years ago, as a fun way to create personalized Christmas and birthday gifts for family and friends. Looking back, it's fun to see how much are skill has grown and changed!

When we began, of course, we didn't have a "name." That came later, out of a mutual fascination with all things Victorian and steampunk. The Emporium of the Curious and the Bizarre had a certain flair to it. Harlan's name was added later, in honor of Cordelia's father. Thus, "Harlan's Emporium of the Curious and the Bizarre" was born!

We have sold at farmers markets and Renaissance faires around Iowa, and we love to sell things in person. We also love to meet up with people who have seen us in the past, and who have gotten to watch our reach grow and change as we become better artists and craftswomen.

Cordelia brings the artistic eye due to her classical training in pottery and oils. Jennifer, whose interests have always been fixed in the Regency and Victorian era, brings whimsy and a deep love of that time period. We have been best friends and partners in art for over ten years now, and can't wait to continue to grow our business!

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Our views on Steampunk:

To us, steampunk could be summed up as "Gears and a story." For every piece, we try to imagine the kind of outfit it would go with, the story of the character who might have possessed it before we offer it for sale. It's why we have names for most of our creations. There is an element of fantasy involved in each piece. Cordelia and Jennifer are both writers, and she is an artist as well, and so it comes naturally to us to tell a story as we work.

We do not believe Steampunk must be the same for everyone. Some people spend a lot of time making incredibly intricate working pieces that are period accurate yet functional, and we laud them for that dedication. That has never been our take on steampunk, however.

The Victorians loved incorporating elements from other cultures in a hodgepodge. Think about the decorative elements in Victorian homes. To us, Steampunk is a kind of exoticism. It would be in keeping with the Egyptian and Indian inspired art that became popular in Victorian times.

We believe that in a Victorian era powered by steam, even pieces which could not serve some mechanical function would still include a nod to the worldview of their creators. Jennifer came to steampunk as a researcher who was fascinated in the Victorian era, and this research into the mindset of the Victorians (their science, their art, their alchemy) tells us that this kind of behavior - incorporating parts without incorporating the whole - would be completely in keeping with that time period. Victorians are presented in most literature as being staid, dour. The Victorian Era however brought us science and alchemy, and while they didn't get everything right (perhaps they didn't get many things right), they informed the character of the world. They were daring, bold, and innovative. They were also convinced of their supremacy and willing to capitalize on the history around them.

Thus we have integrated those elements into our steampunk creations. We hope you can see the imagination and whimsy that goes into each "unusually curious and unspeakably bizarre" piece we create!

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Shop members

  • Cordelia Martin

    Owner, Designer

    Artist and fan of all things steampunk.

  • Jennifer Coulter

    Owner, Photographer

    Writer and educator with a flair for the dramatic.

Shop policies

Last updated on May 27, 2016
Welcome to Harlan's Emporium of the Curious and the Bizarre!

Our approach to our work is informed by a deep love for and appreciation of the Victorian era, a fascination with steampunk, and a devotion to whimsy and curiosity. We love to experiment with new designs. Everything we create is unique.

We believe we perfectly fit our motto of being "Unusually Curious, Unspeakably Bizarre."

Accepted payment methods

  • Pay with Visa
  • Pay with Master Card
  • Pay with American Express
  • Pay with Discover
  • Pay with PayPal
  • Buy with Apple Pay
  • Pay with Sofort
  • Pay with iDeal
  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Payment
We accept credit or debit and PayPal. You do not need a PayPal Account to pay for your items through PayPal: You can choose the PayPal Option during checkout. After you submit your order click the “Pay Now” button. Scroll Down and you will see the option to pay with a Credit or Debit Card WITHOUT having to sign up for a PayPal account.

We do not accept cash, checks, or money orders at this time.

We will ship packages once your payment has cleared, usually between 1-3 business days of that payment clearing. Please contact us if you are having difficulty with payment.

In the event of non-payment, we will send one contact email and one PayPal invoice. If we have not heard back from you within three days, we will cancel the sale. If there is no contact from you, we will leave negative feedback for non-payment and non-response.
Shipping
We will sometimes ship our items in reclaimed bubble wrap and using reclaimed bubble mailers, in an attempt to lessen our ecological footprint. We will provide gift-wrapping on request. Breakable or delicate items will be sent in boxes in bubble mailers. Larger items, or multiple items sent together, will be boxed up.

We will ship via USPS and provide you with a tracking number. We will use standard post unless otherwise requested. If you want priority mailing, or for us to use UPS or FedEx, please contact us directly before purchasing! Note that there will be an additional charge.

If your Etsy address does not match the PayPal address and you have not instructed otherwise, we will ship your order to your Etsy Address. If you need your package delivered to a different address, please make that information clear when placing your order.

Remember that if you are ordering from overseas, customs may delay packages for up to six weeks. This does not happen often but it can, especially around holiday times.

Etsy sellers are not responsible for customs fees and import taxes imposed on you by your country of residence.

Falsifying customs declaration forms in order to help a buyer avoid these taxes and fees is against the law, and comes with a punishment of up to $10,000 USD with the possibility of up to 5 years of imprisonment.

Further information about these laws can be found here:
http://codes.lp.findlaw.com/uscode/13/9/305
Refunds and Exchanges
At this time, Harlan's Emporium of the Curious and the Bizarre will only provide refunds or exchanges for items damaged in shipping. Please shop with discernment!

If an item is damaged in shipping, contact us first to let us know the item is going to be returned. Mail the item back, and once we receive it we will refund you the return mailing cost as well as the cost of the item, or process an exchange for you.

If you purchase an item from us that later becomes damaged or you wish to have it altered, you can mail it to us to have it worked on for a small fee. Contact us if you need this service!
Additional policies and FAQs
We love to do custom orders! All custom orders can be negotiated via messages, and once you are ready to purchase, a custom listing will be created. You will pay half of the agreed-upon amount up front before we begin work on a custom item. Custom creations take a varied amount of time to make, based on what you want, but will generally be ready to show within a week. We will send you pictures of the progress. Payment must be finalized in total before the custom piece will be sent out.

Unfortunately, at this time, Harlan's Emporium cannot guarantee that our product will be allergen free. We use reclaimed and vintage pieces as well as modern charms and chains, and we cannot ensure that these are free of nickel or other reaction-causing metals. If you wish for something to be custom made, we will attempt to accommodate you.