When I was so so much younger I remember going to the pictures with my friends and our mums and apart from “Swallows and Amazons” which was a film we reenacted afterwards with an upturned table as a boat, the other film that was a big hit was “Herbie Rides Again”, closely followed by “Herbie Goes To Monte Carlo”. Herbie, that lovable VW Beetle! Sweet Memories! So it was with lots of glee that I welcomed onto the blog for today’s interview the sweet Jess from Jinxbug, an emporium built upon a love for all things Beetle & VW Campervans! Welcome Jess!
Hi! I’m Jess and I run an online business called Jinxbug which specialises in selling VW Campervan and Beetle gifts along with retro and unique jewellery, greeting cards and much more. I created the business in April 2013 and launched the website in June 2013. I started off by selling my own handmade greeting cards and then things went from there! You can now find over 200 handpicked items on the website.
You obviously love Volkswagens/Beetles – was that the inspiration that made you start your award-winning Volkswagen and Beetle emporium?
The main inspiration behind creating the business was my very own 1966 Beetle called ‘Jinx’, which is also where the business name stemmed from!
You have sourced a fantastic range of campervan gifts, Beetle gifts, Volkswagen decorations, homecare, jewellery, fashion accessories, & greetings cards. What products seem to be most popular at the moment?
I love your range of greetings cards, especially the unique range of Valentines Cards and your personalised caricature cards. Have you had any unusual caricature request?
The personalised caricature cards have been a real hit with Campervan and Beetle owners who love to see their cars immortalised in a character version! The most unusual request I’ve had to date was to draw a Beetlenext to a Panda Bride and a Meerkat Groom for somebody’s wedding!
Where do I start! I have handpicked all of the items on the website, so each and every one is dear to me. However, I really love the Campervan money boxes which are totally unique and really special.
What item has been the most unique/unusual that you have sourced?
I think the hand-painted vintage record wall hangings have got to be one of the most unusual but fabulous items I have currently got on the website. They make a great gift for that somebody we all know who’s got everything!
Are there any new gifts you hope to introduce in 2014?
I am about to introduce a range of Wedding stationery to the website which I think will go down a treat!
You have a range of footwear/clothing – the orange/black wellies are rather funky! – if you can design the perfect Jinxbug outfit to sell what would it be?
I think it would be great fun to introduce a range of Jinxbug clothing. Branded T-Shirts, hoodies etc. Watch this space!
My husband gigged at a large VW Festival at Jimmy’s Farm, Essex last year. I loved seeing the colourful campervans and Beetles on show and the spirit of the place. Do you own a campervan or Beetle? Have you been to the Festivals to pick up ideas for your website?
I travel to a lot of car shows and festivals throughout the year in my Beetle, Jinx. It’s a great way to network with like-minded people, and get inspiration and ideas from the things I see.
Personal now – what outfits and shoes would you normally be found wearing?
My fashion sense can be a bit quirky at times! You’ll probably find me wearing a pair of funky tights with a skirt and some rock chick boots!
Do you have any favourite shops or online sites?
My favourite kind of stores are unique independent shops which have lots of interesting and unique items to buy. Whether that’s clothing, things for the house or gifts for family and friends. When I’m shopping online I also like to discover niche businesses, much like Jinxbug!
What’s next on your clothes/shoe wish list?
My beloved pair of Rocketdog boots have had their day, so I’ll be looking to replace them next!
Boots or Shoes?
Boots! Because I’m a rock chick at heart
Links you would like to share e.g. website/facebook/twitter etc so that readers of the blog can learn more about you!
Thanks Jess, it’s been brill talking to you and I hope you and Jinx enjoy another summer of VW Festival living!
Photo Credits: Photos have been published with kind permission of Jess Teague.