Leigh Purnell, pictured with Gabrielle, one of her 11 rescued chickens, is opening a vintage shop.

Photos courtesy of Leigh Purnell

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Leigh Purnell, on the other hand, has named her vintage shop Edna Falcon after her much-loved, but now sadly deceased hen, so called as she liked to perch on Purnell’s arm “like a falcon”.


Edna Falcon vintage shop.

The shop is in Llanfairfechan in Conwy, north Wales, and is set to open this month with stock sourced from auction rooms, some of which has been taking up space at her crowded home in Anglesey which she shares with boyfriend Simon plus 11 rescued chickens, a dozen cats, four turkeys and a dog.

Purnell, who runs workshops with an outdoor learning group and who is also learning Welsh, has always loved antiques and has been a collector for years.

Her shop will include “quirky gifts, vintage furniture, ceramics, silver and militaria” said Purnell, adding: “It’s such a lovely community in Llanfairfechan and people have been so interested in the shop, knocking on the window and asking when it will open.”