Vintage ephemera and more........

Chester, United Kingdom · 704 Sales


Vintage ephemera and more........

Chester, United Kingdom 704 Sales On Etsy since 2010

5 out of 5 stars

thehankyheiress is taking a short break


Note from shop owner The Hanky Heiress is away till May 2nd. Next shipping will be 4th May......

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Apr 24, 2017

The Hanky Heiress is away till May 2nd. Next shipping will be 4th May......


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5 out of 5 stars

smcpheeters1 on Apr 26, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

It is such a pleasure when a box is opened and the contents exceed one's expectations. I'm so pleased with the quality and energy of this print. It makes me feel connected to Michelangelo and his process of planning David. Well packaged, shipped promptly. Thank you.

Coco S

Coco S on Mar 31, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Fantastic boots, i couldn't be happier! They're in great conditions and are quite comfortable. Thanks again!


antsmith193 on Feb 7, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Best card ever bought- now framed

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Looks like rain........
Costumed Breton lady is glad she brought her umbrella.
King for the day!

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Pink Lion Birthday Card
"First Floor - Linens, Second Floor- Menswear"
Fabulous French Department Store poster....

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The Hanky Heiress - a corner shop online...

Mercers' Shop once a corner "Wool Shop" is online here as the Hanky Heiress. The shop name belied the range of its contents. Inside was haberdashery heaven.
The name should have given it away. Translate haberdashery to French and what do you have? "Mercerie."
Open from the 1920's to the early 1960's, the shop provided a neighbourhood with trimmings, sewing needles, lace curtains, towels, silks, fancy goods and of course woollens. Upstairs, ladies knitted dolls' clothes and much needed vests.....

In hard times during the Second World War, my grandad cycled around rural Lancashire with his basket piled with lace and ribbons to sell to farmers' wives in outlying farms. He would return sometimes with vegetables or chicken for the pot.
By the time I knew the joys of the shop, it was run by sisters Lally and Emma.
Sadly both the shop and its neighbourhood were demolished in the sixties to make way for high rise developments. Little of the stock survived bar what was left to me in a suitcase.....
The rest is as they say, history........not to mention the other treasures I have accumulated along the way, many acquired during long stays in Calvados, France.

In addition to vintage, I produce a range of cards and prints often with vintage themes.
My hand made gilded mirrors are sometimes available and have their own shop section.
Further artwork is to be found in my other shop


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    Twenty years ago I inherited a suitcase full of hankies........

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Last updated on Mar 27, 2016
Frequently asked questions

What delivery service do you use?

I use first class postage in the UK.
In order to keep international shipping charges as low as possible, I use standard airmail. This does not provide a tracking number but is economical and reliable.

I would like to buy several items, what postage will I pay?

I am always happy to combine postage. Just email me with your selection and I will make up a reserved listing for you.