I count myself lucky to have the gorgeous Jeni Maus of Found Vintage Rentals with me for her brocante buying tour and we are having some very good fun and buying wonderful new pieces for her business back home. I’ll be telling you more about her trip and her purchases soon, but in the meantime you may like to have a glimpse of where we stayed this week as we moved from one fair to another.
In an area called the Perche, just adjacent to Normandy, there is a lovely guest house that belongs to a talented couple called Clarisse and Arnaud de St Martin.
Clarisse and Arnaud both have an artistic eye, and today, as well as running two guest houses, they also create on a daily basis.
Clarisse has a sure eye, and besides the stunning paint detail that she has added to their home, she also produces a beautiful line of bags and pillows made from grain sacks. Her bags are sold on line under the name Made in Perche , as well as in several local shops.
Arnaud specialises in old doors and in other old building materials and architectural details. He has a stock of 500 old doors at any time, and can source specific styles and sizes for clients. You can see a selection on his facebook page.
Their rental cottages are the perfect showrooms for their interior design work, and I can certainly testify as to how comfortable and stylish their cottages are, and how warm the welcome. You can find more details on their facebook page here.
When I am out on the road with professional clients, we have to optimize our time, while staying comfortable and well rested. Sometimes if fairs or dealers take us too far afield, then it is better to stay overnight rather than head home each day.
Arnaud and Clarisse’s cottages are ideal for me as they are situated half way between two huge professional fairs that take place each month. We can shop all day, leave our purchases for the transporter to collect, get an early night and be ready to head off well-refreshed again the next morning.
If you are a professional buyer and you would like to know more about filling a container in our part of France, then drop me an email and I’ll give you the details.