Since I was a little girl I’ve loved a good rummage through any form of antiques market stalls, vintage shops and French Brocantes, to search for that one-off extraordinary piece of vintage treasure. I can’t recall the times I’ve shouted “Stop!” to my poor, long-suffering husband to pull over at what appears to be a road-side flea market of some description, only then to get him lugging enormous items of French furniture back to the van, often to then be strapped onto the roof.
It came to a point one day however, that I stopped being able to house all my finds (as much as I wanted to) and so Didier and Dandelion (named after our two mischievous sausage dogs) was born.
It was a little shop on Monmouth high street I poured my heart into; selling, amongst other things, thick Welsh blankets, delightful Cabbages and Roses homeware and luxurious scented candles, alongside of course my hand-sourced stock of the vintage variety.
Nowadays I still find enchanting items that I sell in the shop and also online, but most of the shop space itself I love to fill with people like me, who have a penchant for creativity and learning and for meeting like-minded others.