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Purple Turtle was born during the long night watches whilst sailing from Britain to South America with three young daughters. Great fun was had by all (at times!) but there was still an awful lot of time to fill in whilst sailing. The favourite game on board was ‘shops’, but what started as a bookshop rapidly evolved into a newsagent/travel agent/bank/cafe/hair dressing salon, and then finally internet sales.

This evolution was inspired by the versatility of the shops we came across during our travels, and once the seed was sown I was never allowed to forget the idea of the internet shop. This then represents the germination of that seed, but it has yet to grow and blossom, and only time will tell whether it has fallen on fertile or stoney ground….

But why Purple Turtle? Turtles were a recurring feature throughout the voyage, often turning up when they were least expected and most appreciated, particularly when sailing through the odd gloomy patch, and so Purple Turtle was born.

Meet the Team behind the Turtle!

We thought it was time you met the team! Below is our Turtely Awesome team that keeps your orders going out and the website helpful and informative!

For a bit of fun, we asked everyone the same three questions –

What 3 items would you take to a Desert Island?

What are your 3 favourite Purple Turtle items?

What is your favourite thing about working at Purple Turtle?

And here are our answers…

Iain – Top Turtle

Desert Island Items – An ice cream machine, A Sunday Afternoons Sun Hat and a guitar.

Favourite Purple Turtle items – The Craghoppers NosiLife Adventure Shirt (because I feel ready for anything when wearing one), SafeSea Sunscreen and a Kingslite Torch.

What I like about working at Purple Turtle – Working with a turtley awesome team!

Chloe – The Gatekeeper

Desert Island Items – A tent (to keep the beasties out), A couple of cross-stitches to pass the time and a ‘How to survive on a desert island Guide’ book.

Favourite Purple Turtle itemsFeetz Pocket Wellies, Sunday Afternoons Sol Seeker Hat, our lovely coloured Craghoppers Fleeces.

What I like about working at Purple Turtle – Hearing about the amazing places our customers travel to.

Katie – The Bailiff

Desert Island Items – Spotify and speakers, Australian Gold Suncream and a huge inflatable Unicorn.

Favourite Purple Turtle itemsAustralian Gold Suncream (it smells amazing), Honey Pot Wasp Traps (they remind me of the Winnie the Pooh honey pots) and Mac in a Sac (they’re soo bright!).

What I like about working at Purple Turtle – When customers leave little notes at the end of their order about holidays or why they’re buying certain things. We do read them!

Christie – Warehouse Wizard

Desert Island Items – a book, a slush puppy machine and a Pyramid Mosinet.

Favourite Purple Turtle itemsAloe Up Ice Sunburn Relief Jelly, a Buff and a Water-to-Go Bottle.

What I like about working at Purple Turtle – being kept busy with packing orders, processing deliveries and working on the website – there is always something that needs doing and no two days are the same 🙂

Go to the ‘Contact Us’ page and complete all the details
or email : [email protected]
or telephone: 01495 290935
or write to: Purple Turtle, Unit 7 Rising Sun Industrial Estate, Blaina, Abertillery, NP13 3JW