Some of us are in Paris right now, awaiting our first guests for two different trips. Linda’s heading to Provence shortly to greet a great group of artists studying with Helen Farson and Lane Francis, while three other Huffingtons are set to greet a great group of interior designers and collectors arriving tomorrow in Paris. These ladies are doing everything from finding a unique breathtaking one-of-a-kind piece of furniture in Paris to furnishing an entire store full of eclectic art and antiques.
First on our agenda, do a sneak preview of the goodies that we have scouted and get a sense of what our shoppers are looking for:
Once we get their wishlists, we’ll be off and running with our Parisian shoppers, taking them to our favorite vendors all around the city.
Shopping is on the minds of lots of our “campers” — even those who areen’t here to furnish a new house or build inventory for a store. In fact, what do we do when we aren’t on top of the world in Cassis, smelling the lavender in Bonnieux, painting at Les Murets, learning about wines in the vineyard, and tasting it in the ‘Cave,” posing in Les Baux, boating in the Mediterranean or visiting Notre Dame in Paris? We are actively pursuing another passion: shopping!
Shopping, of course!
Turns out we all love to shop, and when we aren’t scouring the countryside for unique antique and modern treasures for our store, Huffingtons tend to seek out our own tried and true French finds, like:
Salt! There’s nothing like the flavorful salt from the Camargue and our favorite place to shop for it (other than Huff Harrington Home, of course!) is at the Supermarket in Coustellet where you can always tell that our ladies have visited by the big hole left in the salt department. Yes indeed, when we go to Provence, we take our ladies shopping in the local super market — and they love it!
Scarves! What’s more fun than shopping for scarves in the markets of Provence? I don’t think I can name a single person on any one of our trips to Provence who hasn’t bought at least one scarf in the market. Why not? It’s the best way to travel. This way you only have to pack black, white and beige, and add color with a few different scarves. It’s the French way, and we’ve all adopted it.
Bags! We can pretty much guarantee that every woman on every trip has bought at least one handbag, and a longtime favorite has been the iconic French woman’s “Cabas Parisien” by Loxwood (now available at Huff Harrington). French women love the style, quality and affordability of these pretty handbags. They buy them for every day, dress them up in a little scarf, or wear them as cross bodies when they go shopping in the markets. Now our American ladies are converts too.
So just like our customers, we all love to tuck a few extra goodies into our suitcases, except Linda, who insists on bringing home her own Eiffel Tower! Sorry Linda, this one won’t fit in your suitcase!
C’est la vie.
PS Are you interested in joining us for a French trip — buying or otherwise? Stay tuned! We’ll be announcing our 2018 trip dates next week!