I've always liked the weird & wonderful... From the age of 13 or 14 I developed an obsession with horror & fantasy books & films. Right in to adulthood Christmas & birthdays used to be a slight exercise in self indulgence between my best friend & I as we bought each other more & more weird gifts which we both liked... (well most of the time anyway).
As a child, whenever I seen a snow globe it always fascinated me, the way the 'snow' would swirl around the little scene under the dome. But as I got older the small plastic Christmas ones that were common in the 70s & 80s just seemed naff. I much prefer the large intricate water balls with unusual figures inside or moving parts.
So, when I decided to go ahead with the website I decided to combine both fascinations. When I was doing my research for the site I bought some globes to see the size & quality of them. This is when I came across Twinkle. I had traced the Canadian based distributor's British outlet to Fiesta Studios just before Christmas, but when I applied for an account, I heard nothing back from them at all. So I carried on trying to find the original manufacturer & other suppliers of fantasy collectibles, with a lot of hassle & not much success.
About 5 or 6 months later, as I said, I bought a couple of Twinkle globes from another retailer & that took me back to Fiesta.... When I seen the globes I just had to have them for my site & decided to hassle them again, & that's when I realised my server had been sending half my genuine emails to my spam folder & deleting them. In fact, Maxine from Fiesta had to fish my email out of her spam folder too. So again, it was actually one of my stumbling mishaps that got me up & running, because once we'd established proper contact the company got me stocked & up & running in less than a week. So a big thanks to Maxine & Fiesta, they made everything so much easier for me :)
Maxine won't mind me telling you that my assistant & I were sitting here in the couple of days placing the order & it actually arriving worrying that, knowing my kind of luck, I'd been stung & that when the stuff arrived it would be the same quality as the goods sold in the pound shops. Imagine our delight when the stuff arrived & every single item was of absolute fantastic quality & size. I knew the Twinkle globes were high quality & absolutely beautifully made. However, Fiesta were selling out of a lot of the globes I wanted & I wanted to cater for a wider audience than fellow globe lovers, so I'd ordered loads of other stuff, & had no idea what quality of goods would turn up. I needn't have worried. The Monday the goods arrived was like Christmas, opening box after box of great stuff.
Getting the account with Fiesta really opened doors for me. Because with having the Fiesta account with Nemesis Now, Puckator Toys &, most recently, YTC Summit in the States who manufacture most of the globes I imported from Mediaeval Collectibles. So I'm very grateful to Maxine at Fiesta & will direct most of my loyalty to Fiesta, because they have the widest range of high quality gothic & fantasy giftware, with quality which,at least, matches Nemesis.