Thursday, 21 April 2016

SHOP #SBS

New online marketplaces open daily across the World Wide Web and many won't survive amidst the vast competition. Those that do tend to be a bit special and to have more behind them than just a large marketing budget.

We're thrilled to be part of one such offering - the new ShopSBS


Why is it so special? For one thing it's the brainchild of a former Dragon and hugely successful retail entrepreneur and secondly, it showcases the products and talents of a select group of small British businesses.



www.shopsbs.co.uk was launched in February this year as a selling platform for winners of Theo Paphitis' hugely successful Small Business Sunday. Shortened to the hashtag #SBS on Twitter, it was created by Theo in October 2010. Each week small business owners are encouraged to tweet @TheoPaphitis and with a description of their business and what makes it special.

Six winners are chosen and their tweets are shared with Theo's 500,000 followers. As well as benefiting from a fantastic amount of exposure, winning businesses become members of an exclusive club - the #SBS community, which shares a forum on Facebook, a weekly Twitter hour and now - its very own shop.

Dazzle Vintage Furniture was an SBS winner in July 2015. In February this year we travelled to Birmingham to meet Theo and accept our winners certificate. 

 


Our shop on SBS is a showcase for our authentic French armoires and antique mirrors. Customers who buy from us on the SBS Shop have the reassurance of knowing the are buying from a trusted seller whilst also supporting a small UK business. We don't pay commission on any of the sales from www.shopSBS.co.uk (unlike on other selling platforms!) and this allows us to offer customers the best prices we can. We also offer free delivery to mainland England and Wales.


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Another great thing about ShopSBS is that finally we can offer our customers special discount codes. This is something we have wanted to do for a long time but sadly our own website doesn't have this facility.

To0 make sure you benefit from the opportunity to know about discount codes and all other special offers and sales make sure you sign up to our mailing list by visiting the About Us page on our website.

You can visit Dazzle Vintage Furniture's SBS shop here.

Happy Shopping! 

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Who Are We?

Dazzle Vintage Furniture is an online boutique specialising in authentic French armoires, antique mirrors and decorative accessories. We personally source all our items in France, scouring flea markets, fairs and antiques shops in Brittany and Provence.

WEBSITE: http://www.dazzlevintagefurniture.co.uk

TWITTER: @DazzleVintage

INSTAGRAM: http://instagram.com/dazzlevintagefurniture



Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Antiquing In France: The first French buying trip of 2016 - Part Deux


We've recently returned from our first French buying trip of 2016 with a beautiful hoard of authentic French armoires. We sailed out on a glorious morning arriving in France with plenty of daylight left to begin the hunt.

Our buying trips usually last about a week and during that time we cover quite a few miles. The bonus is that we get to visit lots of lovely places and many small towns that most tourists don't get to see. On this trip we stayed in Brittany and despite the bitter cold it was a wonderful adventure! 


 Leaving Plymouth on the Bretagne under blue skies

 The beach at Perros-Guirec on a rather gloomy day!  

 The beautiful town of Tréguier    

 Children taking part in a procession through the town on Palm Sunday in Tréguier  


An amazing St Malo armoire in Tréguier cathedral

The stunning medieval town of Dinan 




Walking the ramparts in Dinan



 Somewhat overcast in St Malo


Leaving St Malo on the ferry heading home with a full load


We are increasingly buying to order but a portion of the French armoires we purchased on this trip will be available to buy on the website over the coming next few weeks. Our vintage and antique armoires tend to sell out quickly so to stay informed make sure you sign up to our mailing list. You can find the sign up box on our 'About Us' page: http://www.dazzlevintagefurniture.co.uk/About-Us.htm 



















Saturday, 5 March 2016

Antiquing In France: The first French buying trip of 2016


 
Au revoir Anglais! Leaving the port of Plymouth en route to France


It's been a busy winter here at Dazzle central. Our decision to concentrate purely on sourcing French armoires has been a great success, so much so that we are in the unprecedented position of having almost sold out. Specialising has allowed us to refine our knowledge and cherry pick the very best pieces we can find.

We're thrilled to now be counting down the days to our first buying trip of 2016. We will be seeking out more beautiful antique and vintage armoires. In the years since we started Dazzle we have evolved from selling painted vintage furniture (hence the name), through to French furniture en masse (beds, side tables, buffets etc) to arrive where we are today - specialists in authentic French armoires.  

We increasingly buy to order for customers which means that many of the armoires we come home with are already spoken for, but if you're UK based and  have a specific style of armoire you would like us to source then please do get in touch. Throughout the spring and summer we make regular trips to France (usually monthly) and with a large network of contacts over the channel we can probably find your dream armoire!

The beautiful town of Morlaix which will be our base during this buying trip 


Every armoire we buy undergoes a thorough check. We never buy pieces with serious faults or excessive dimensions. Often people don't realise that many authentic armoires are far too large for UK homes!






Going on a French buying trip is a great experience but it's also hard work. We're lucky in that it has allowed us to explore places in France that we would never have otherwise been to. 

The beautiful medieval town of Dinan


We've made many contacts in France over the years and source our armoires from both known dealers and outdoor brocantes.


Whilst buying at French fairs is one of the most exciting parts of a buying trip it's also one of the most uncertain. Until you get there you never know what you'll find and you have to haggle hard.



Who Are We?

Dazzle Vintage Furniture is an online boutique specialising in authentic French armoires, antique mirrors and decorative accessories. We personally source all our items in France, scouring flea markets, fairs and antiques shops in Brittany and Provence.

WEBSITE: http://www.dazzlevintagefurniture.co.uk

TWITTER: @DazzleVintage

INSTAGRAM: http://instagram.com/dazzlevintagefurniture




Monday, 4 January 2016

French Cupboard Love




Is there any piece of furniture more fabulous than a cupboard? Here at Dazzle Vintage Furniture we specialise in selling antique storage and our favourite pieces are authentic French armoires. I fell in love with armoires because they are so versatile, sitting happily in any room of the house. Beautiful on the outside, they are tardis like on the inside, the perfect storage solution!

Many people confuse armoires with wardrobes, whereas in truth are large French cupboards. The word cupboard descends from the practice of storing cups and plates on a table or sideboard. In French homes armoires are found in the dining room and kitchen as well as in bedrooms and bathrooms. They are ideal to use as a larder and brilliant for storing china and glassware.


Traditionally, in English homes the linen press was used to store blankets. In France the reliable armoire serves the same purpose.


 

One type of cupboard specific to France is a bonnetierre. Far slimmer than the traditional armoire, these are ideal for use in children's bedrooms, landings and small awkward spaces. Originally bonnetierres were used to store outer garments, such as a ladies bonnet. Hailing from Brittany and Normandy, these useful pieces are akin to the English hall cupboard. 



 

 Many authentic French armoires come with internal and external drawers as well as shelves, making them excellent for storing smaller items such as socks and underwear. Although, traditionally antiques armoires such as the one below would have stored far more valuable items. For this reason many had lockable doors as well as lockable drawers.

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French armoires aren't just beautiful, useful and versatile they are also fabulously engineered - each 'knocksdown' - meaning that they can be taken apart and reassembled. Unlike bulky English wardrobes and compactums, French armoires break down to almost flat pack dimensions. This means that they are easy to transport and can be placed in any room of the house without the stress of heavy lifting and tight stairways! Is there any piece of furniture more fabulous than an armoire?





Who Are We?

Dazzle Vintage Furniture is an online boutique specialising in authentic French armoires, antique mirrors and decorative accessories. We personally source all our items in France, scouring flea markets, fairs and antiques shops in Brittany and Provence.

WEBSITE: http://www.dazzlevintagefurniture.co.uk

TWITTER: @DazzleVintage

INSTAGRAM: http://instagram.com/dazzlevintagefurniture

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/DazzleVintageFurniture

Friday, 4 December 2015

Peugeot Freres Coffee Grinders


Not many people realise that Peugeot Brothers, the famous car makers, started out making coffee mills. Coffee was introduced into France from Turkey in the 18th Century, but the only way to grind it was in the large mills designed for grain. It was not until the early 19th century that the small household mills started to emerge, mainly produced by the Peugeot Freres.
 
The Peugeot Brothers owned a foundry at Valentigny where they designed and patented the now famous ‘box and drawer’ design in 1840. The box contains a hopper for the raw beans which feeds them into an Archimedean screw. The screw cracks the beans open before the mill wheel grinds them to a fine powder.

 
The factory at Valentigney about 1925

Their invention was an immediate success and by the time of the Great Paris Exhibition in 1889 they were producing half a million grinders a year. It was around this time that the brothers started making car parts for Mercedes. They later manufactured complete cars, but the production of coffee mills continued until 1974 in a variety of designs and sizes based on the same principles.

Vintage and antique coffee grinders are eminently collectible. They add grace and French charm to a kitchen whilst also producing a wonderful cup of coffee. True coffee aficionados will tell you that a cup of coffee you have ground yourself tastes so much better, due to the freshness and the way the beans are cracked open without becoming 'burnt' by the high speed mills. 

 

A lovely example of the original Peugeot Freres design


 

 There were many variations on the original design. This one is in a beautiful lacquered blue that was popular in the early 1930s.

Another fine example from about 1908. This one has a rare and beautiful external hopper and is made from a lovely warm honey coloured wood 

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The Cube type. This grinder from 1940s has a very attractive steel hopper and a straight elegant handle typical of the Art Deco period.

Another very rare Peugeot Freres grinder with a Flemish theme. This one is engraved and enamelled with a scene of two windmills and a boat. It dates from around 1930.

Whilst it’s true that Peugeot Freres were not the only makers of coffee mills they are the most sought after amongst collectors. Since they ceased production in 1974 these coffee grinders are at a premium and becoming increasingly difficult to find. So just think as you enjoy your morning ‘croissant et café’ that your ‘moulin à café is only going up in value!



Who Are We?

Dazzle Vintage Furniture is an online boutique specialising in authentic French armoires, antique mirrors and decorative accessories. We personally source all our items in France, scouring flea markets, fairs and antiques shops in Brittany and Provence.

WEBSITE: http://www.dazzlevintagefurniture.co.uk

TWITTER: @DazzleVintage

INSTAGRAM: http://instagram.com/dazzlevintagefurniture

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/DazzleVintageFurniture