PandorasBoxOddities

A curated curiosity shop in York

York, England · 677 Sales

PandorasBoxOddities

A curated curiosity shop in York

York, England 677 Sales On Etsy since 2013

4.5 out of 5 stars
(181)

Announcement   To contact us immediately or enquire about items that may not be listed, please visit our website at pandorasboxyork.com
Your one stop weird shop. We are an oddities, unusual antiques and museum style curiosity shop located in York, England. We ship some items worldwide.
We specialize in diaphonized specimens, oddities, antique medical, taxidermy and one of a kind skull displays. We have a large collection of antique ephemera and retro finds.We are a husband and wife treasure hunting and creating team. We hope if you're in our area that you come see our collection disguised as a brick and mortar shop. We have many more items in our brick and mortar shop in Colliergate in York and you can visit our website at pandorasboxyork.com
Thanks for looking!

Announcement

Last updated on 24 Apr, 2018

To contact us immediately or enquire about items that may not be listed, please visit our website at pandorasboxyork.com
Your one stop weird shop. We are an oddities, unusual antiques and museum style curiosity shop located in York, England. We ship some items worldwide.
We specialize in diaphonized specimens, oddities, antique medical, taxidermy and one of a kind skull displays. We have a large collection of antique ephemera and retro finds.We are a husband and wife treasure hunting and creating team. We hope if you're in our area that you come see our collection disguised as a brick and mortar shop. We have many more items in our brick and mortar shop in Colliergate in York and you can visit our website at pandorasboxyork.com
Thanks for looking!

Greg and Heather Bowser

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Greg and Heather Bowser

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About

An extraordinary curiosity shop

I will answer the first and most common question before I tell our story. We do NOT ever harm any animals for our work under any circumstances. We get our animals from road kill, donations, natural death and from expired animals originally intended for the pet food industry. We are happy to answer any questions you may have in regards to this, but I reiterate. We do not ever harm animals nor do we condone the harming of animals. All animals and parts used are either vintage, or ethically sourced. We believe there is beauty in animals that are preserved forever for study and admiration.
We have been collecting and exploring for our whole lives separately and started doing it together over 10 years ago. Our similarities in what we like and our differences show in all we do and create. We are a team in every sense of the word. We started off selling just antiques and cool vintage collectibles and that slowly morphed into what you see now. Greg has always dabbled in science and building and creating and has put that into what we sell and create in the shop now. When we were expecting, we already knew her name would be Pandora. When we decided to settle into one brick and mortar location, the name was a pretty obvious choice. The most important rule was that we would only sell stuff we like, no more things we hated, just because they sold. This is our private collection until each piece finds a new home. We love our stuff and love that this is our life.
We get asked a lot why we can't add all of the merchandise to the online shop. Mostly it's because with a brick and mortar shop as well, items leave daily and it is near impossible to guarantee these one of a kind items don't sell in both places at the same time, leading to unhappy customers. If you see us post a picture of something online and you'd like to purchase it, we will usually add it for you within one day, It's just too much work to run the store front and add each of the thousands of items in our shop to the online Etsy shop. We would love to make everyone happy, but despite working 12-18 hours a day it's not possible :) We are super approachable and always willing to help. We also don't share all of our secrets or suppliers, not because we are mean, but because this is our livelihood and while competition is necessary in all business, we've learned what we do through endless hours of research and trial and error and oftentimes years of establishing relationships with suppliers. Please understand and respect that we aren't keeping secrets, so much as trying to preserve our income :)

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Shop members

  • Heather Bowser

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

    Heather is one half of the team. She has a lifelong love of all things weird and unusual and names everything as it comes into the shop. She is the creative director and makes some of the anthropomorphic taxidermy we sell on Etsy.

  • Greg Bowser

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

    Greg is the mad scientist and bone guy who makes most of our things. He has always been an expert at disassembling things and now puts them back differently. He is the creator of all of our exploded skulls and the other half of the team that we are.

  • Pandora

    Curator, Creator, Assistant

    Pandora is the reason we went from hobby status to making this our real gig. When pregnant with her, we decided to stop selling in multi-dealer shops and just jump in both feet. It's meant she's always been with us and you guys make that possible. xx

  • Mum ( Linda)

    Seamstress And Creator

    Greg's Mum, Linda, has recently joined the shop.She is the creator of our incredible vintage animal pelt cushions. She is also the creator of and sole maker of the line of "Originally Pandora" dresses, dolls and teddies.

  • Ken "the skull man"

    Creator

    Ken is the skull man who creates all of our plaster skulls, and candles.

  • Elaine

    Marketer, Zombie Painter

    Elaine helps with the marketing of the shop and also with the zombies, plaster skull and candle making.

Shop policies

Last updated on 12 January, 2018
We are glad in the vast world of weird that you're visiting us and assuming we have the weird you're seeking. We specialize in vintage and antique taxidermy, created skull and small taxidermy collectibles, antique and vintage medical and interesting ephemera. We also make custom shadowboxes and domed items. Our goal is to find or create that one treasure that you just have to have.

Accepted payment methods

Returns and exchanges
Please contact us immediately if there is a problem with your order and we will work with you to find a solution. As a rule, we do not offer refunds, but contact us with any questions or problems. We would like happy customers. We will try to come to an agreement if there is an issue.

Refunds will be given promptly in the case of shop error. We may require you to return the item first or provide photographic evidence before issuing a refund.
Shipping
International Shipping:

We are unable to offer international shipping on some of our animal parts or animal items. Items with no animal product we happily ship overseas if it is not prohibitively large or heavy, for actual shipping costs. Please send a message to make arrangements. We are not responsible for customs or importation fees or taxes issued by your home country. International orders are expected to arrive within 2 weeks and sometimes take up to 8 weeks. International tracking can be purchased for an additional fee on top of postage starting at £7. It is your responsibility to understand the legality of any items in your country or state. We will abide by the rules of the UK, EU and federal trade agreements. If we have proof of posting, we can not replace items your country’s postal service has lost. We will work with you in the rare event this this happens. If your item incurs charges by your country,you are responsible for them. If your item is seized for inspection or undeliverable, this is not our responsibility.

General Shipping Information:
We package our items with great care. We will ship within 7 days of your purchase. (or upon finishing in the case of Pandora's boxes ( 2-3 weeks ) and custom orders) we are happy to rush Pandora's Boxes for a special occasion​. If you'd like it posted within one week and are in the UK, just select rush shipping option. International boxes can be posted out more quickly but can not be guaranteed to arrive within a timespan due to international postage sometimes being delayed in the post.
Skull displays and mounts are extremely difficult to ship safely. We do an expert and conscientious job packaging these things with years of experience behind us, unfortunately when it leaves our hands we can not control all circumstances. We do purchase insurance on all skull mounts for the full price paid and do not offer refunds for damage in shipping. Many items suffer small issues, loose screws, glue coming unstuck, things of that nature. We are always happy to talk a customer through trying to put something right. If it can't be resolved, you always have the ability to file a claim with the postage or courier service for your refund.
Thanks for understanding our need to have these policies in place.
Additional policies and FAQs
If there is an item you see that you would like held or want to work with us to create a layaway listing, please contact us and we will be happy to work with you to get the treasure to you.

More information

Last updated on 19 Feb, 2017
Seller details
Heather Bowser
21 Colliergate
YORK, YO18BN
United Kingdom