Welcome to The Curious Hound... where shopping is fun! 
We offer unique gift items for pets and their people as well as home and garden decor, clothing and accessories.  Casual Canine pet apparel and Cool Bandanas are some of the brands we carry along with custom designed cigar box purses, jewelry, scarves and whimsical birdhouses. 

Please visit our eBay store for Love & Laughter Dog, Cat and Horse Breed Specific signs as well Military, Police, Firefighter, and other miscellaneous wood signs along with Express Yourself on board auto signs and magnets.  

Many of our cigar box purses can be purchased in our Etsy store.  All of the ones here in our gallery can be purchased as well although some are custom-made and require an approximate two week turnaround.  Please email or call and we will be happy to take your order.

    We offer a wide variety of fun items, great for gifts and just for yourself! Curious Hound cigar box purses are made from recycled materials and no two are the same. Our wood signs are made right here in the USA and we love to offer vintage and unusual pieces and are happy to provide custom items as well.
    We are all looking for new ways to make some extra money. Whether you want to just sell your garage and attic stuff or are thinking of a part time to full time career on eBay, I can get you starting selling. I have been an active member on eBay since 2001, am a Top-Rated Seller and a trained eBay Education Specialist. I love what I do and want you to do the same!
    Because of our love for animals we are happy to be a part of the eBay Giving Works program. The profits of most of our Christmas ornaments in our eBay store are donated through Givings Works to local animal rescue groups and the ASPCA. We also work with the local VFW in providing hand crocheted pet blankets to various shelters.

About Us

The Curious Hound was started in the spring of 2003 and was inspired by my second basset hound Gilda.  I grew up in an artistic household - my mother was a singer and my dad a watercolorist and because of their inspiration I went on to attend the American Academy of Art in Chicago.  I spent my childhood on a small farm full of pets. Because of my love for animals I currently volunteer for basset and rabbit rescues.  Knowing how special a family pet can be and how much joy they give The Curious Hound's goal is to provide fun, quality items for pets and their people.  Most of our products are made right here in the USA.  

I began The Curious Hound (Curious Hound Creations) designing and creating unique custom cigar box purses which can be found locally at shows and here online in my Etsy and eBay stores.  Each one is numbered and signed and no two are the same.  They are a true "green" purse made of recycled materials.  After the cigar boxes have served their original purpose, they are given a new life as a trendy, fun to carry handbag.

We have added many other products and feel our customers like the variety.  My mother always said "treat people how you wish to be treated" and we want you the customer to know you are important to us.  We encourage questions and suggestions and are happy to respond.
 Communication is important to us and to you so we will always let you know when your product is shipped.   We are available 7 days a week and will return messages within 24 hours.  Please contact us on international shipping rates and on multiple items.  Custom purse and fairy house orders are generally shipped within one to two weeks.

Our Products

  1. Eiffel Tower Cigar Box Purse
    Eiffel Tower Cigar Box Purse
  2. Bichon Puppy Sign
    Bichon Puppy Sign
  3. Crystal & Enamel Painted Sea Turtle Pendant
    Crystal & Enamel Painted Sea Turtle Pendant

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Our regular working hours are Monday-Saturday 9am to 5pm but we will answer all emails within 24 hours.
Located in McHenry, Illinois where the Fox River and Pistakee Lake meet.