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Goodies from the French countryside

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For several months now, people have been telling me to remember how much cheaper things are, once you leave Paris. Their objective is to keep me from letting people overcharge me. Honestly, so far, I have not experienced that or if I have, the prices are still so much lower than in Paris that I’m fine with it.

These bedside lamps (sorry for the puppy detritus in the background) were made by a friend of Julien’s. Said friend finds old stuff and transforms it. Sometimes I’m sure he just cleans it up. Other times, as with these, he assembles parts into a new whole. He is a skilled artisan and has an eye for what works in homes today. The lamps are unique, just this pair in the whole world, yet they cost less than assembly line lamps from my local-In-Paris housewares shop — and that in turn has prices that are a fraction of those at, say, Galeries Lafayette. Was there room in the price for a finder’s fee for Julien? I hope so.

I was horrified by the cost of bedframes in Paris. I’m furnishing four bedrooms at once, so it was starting to look like I was going to have to put the mattresses on the floor. Then I found a shop out here that just opened; the whole store was at January sale prices. Hey presto, I picked up three bedframes, nice ones, for the price of one in Paris. Pillows were half price. And delivery is free.

So now, with everything I brought from California, I think I have about what I need to move in. Well, except for the house.

5 Replies to “Goodies from the French countryside”

  1. great lamps!
    I ended up buying my bedframes & sofas in UK as cheaper to put them in a van with other stuff and get it delivered to house than try and find exactly what I wanted in France !
    One last van load to go over and we have nearly everything too, but NOt till house is a bit nearer THE END or as close to that as I am going to get…………………………


    1. Oops. Hit something wrong. Anyway, back in my California days, if we wanted something we found it on sale and bought it. Here? Hohohoho. Better be ready to play the angles. Yes, that means buying in England; crazy that purchase and shipment are cheaper than just the purchase here, but there it is. Yes, that means loading up friends’ luggage with small-but-expensive items like camera lenses and face creams (hey, when you’re 62, the drugstore stuff just doesn’t do the job anymore). Many French people travel and work in the States and England, so conflicts over things like Sunday hours are becoming more intense. In time, things will change, I believe for the better. But those of us who need to shop now need to figure out the best way to do so now. The “bring it from England” option is definitely a good one.

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        1. No no, clearly you have not spent enough time in northern California. I had this miracle worker, very bouche-a-oreille, who actually got my skin to absorb all the goodies again. Then there is this English woman who lives in Manhattan who is wacko about her skin and, wacko like a fox, started this company, Truth in Aging. She researches all these products, none of them cheap, and sells the best ones. The products are quite nice, thank you, but without the miracle worker they do only half the job. Seriously, if I ever return to California, one major pull will be my face lady.


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