Tuesday, 9 August 2016

French Buying Trip: from Provence to Brittany in spite of La grève!


One of the perks of dealing in authentic French armoires is that we get to travel in and around France on a regular basis. Our most recent buying trip was something of an epic, which took in Provence, Languedoc-Roussillon, Midi-Pyrénées, Poitou-Charente and Brittany.

We started in Arles, in south west France, a regular haunt for us due to the fantastic brocante. This area is known for the stunning Camargue nature reserve, home to the famous white horses and one of the best places to see flamingoes in the wild.


We had intended to stay in Arles for a couple of days but we didn't chose our dates very well. We arrived just as the country descended into a wave of strikes affecting trains, planes and petrol stations. Known as 'La grève', access to fuel became almost impossible and we were advised to stay put until the situation improved.

There are, however, worse places to be stranded! Arles is a beautiful town with some breathtaking Roman structures, such as the amphitheatre.



We finally hit the road a week later than anticipated, stopping at the beautiful town of Moissac on the river Tarn.



Our next stop was to Marans - another regular haunt for us, and to an amazing warehouse full of fabulous antiques. Particularly good for french armoires, we were spoilt for choice!






A favourite part of any buying trip is rummaging around at a brocante. Not always the cheapest places to buy any more they do however offer a fascinating insight into the wonderful world of French vintage. There are a few bargains to be had if you're prepared to look hard enough.





We ended in our trip in beautiful Brittany, staying in a gorgeous cottage right by the sea. So many people overlook this part of France which is a shame as it has many stunning unspoilt  towns and amazing beaches, most of it you'll have completely to yourself.








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



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.


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


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