About Shian and the Nest
I thought it would be useful to pen a little about 'me' to help you decide whether you'd like to buy from Naughtipidgins Nest...I have unfailing passion for bags!
Second only, (now,) to the love for my family my obsession with leather goods began almost 30 years ago when I worked on Bond Street for a large retail company. I was in the Finance Department but that didn't stop me immersing myself in all the glorious wares and attending every sample sale going!
Many of my friends were Buyers so they had first views of all the latest bags and often came back from trips with lots of lovelies that made their way to my wardrobe.
Having the run of Oxford Street and Bond Street on my doorstep each lunchtime didn't help my addiction either and having no dependants or reasons to save, my collection soon ran into epic proportions.
It also began a lifelong obsession with Authenticity and I revelled in learning every aspect of Designers individuality, intrigued by each Brands variations and fascinated by craftsmanship.
Then, with the arrival of our daughter and subsequent desire to downsize our lives, we moved North, to the edge of the Lake District, where it really is quite idyllic.
Initially as a stay-at-home home mum with occasional time on my hands I came across ebay which I thought was the perfect way to recycle those items I just didn’t use anymore and create a little extra income, (after all Louboutins on cobbles is a sure fire way to break your ankle and cocktail parties are a lot less frequent here!).
So I began listing from my collection under the ebay ID of 'Naughtipidgin' (don't ask....its a daft story!!) and really began to enjoy meeting people who shared my tastes. Soon, I was receiving emails from lots of fellow bag-lovers asking me to sell their items for them and it all really went from there!...When my daughter started school I also started my own management consultancy business so divided my time between my 'day-job' and the Nest, though always tipping the work-life balance in the favour of family, (or at least trying to!)
But after 5 years of part time selling on naughtipidgins ebay page, the ever increasing fees and more frequent instances of non-payment encouraged me seek an alternate arena and so I created this website to make life easier to me and to pass on the savings to you.
Now, over 10 years later, its been a roaring success! I've increased the business to a level where I've happily been able to leave the 'day-job' behind and can devote my working time 24/7 to the Nest, (and it really is a full time job!). The company went Limited in Jan 2013 and I've never looked back.
Unfortunately though.....its only me.......no staff, models or postage clerks, (though my husband is a Godsend when its really busy....and the joy is I don't have to pay him!). The upside is I can keep my costs low and provide a high-quality, personal service at extremely competitive prices and the down sides is that often you may find my store is 'Closed' as this ensures my turnover doesn't exceed the threshold at which I would have to charge VAT, (which would be significant both for my business and my Buyers).
Its not such a bad thing though as it means I can close the shop during all of the school holidays so that I have lots of time to spend with my family, but you are welcome to come in and browse anytime. Thanks for reading, Love Shian x