Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Dreaming in French

From Victoria:
A natural storyteller, Shawn Stucker is the owner of Louisville, Kentucky’s renowned European Antique Market—now the largest importer of French antiquities in the state. “It all began,” says Shawn, “with a woman who had a passion for French patina, who was aspiring to enrich her life—a dream that eventually led her to France in search of antiques … but what she found was something much greater.”

While working a corporate job in merchandising and operations, Shawn began collecting and selling antiques as a hobby in the early 1980s. “It was a very conscious effort,” she recalls, “because I knew that eventually this is what I wanted to do.” Her endeavors then led to the purchase of an old farmhouse she could use for stocking her wares, and she acquired a booth at a local antiques market. From there, Shawn started traveling to England and importing on a small scale. “But when I finally went to France to buy,” she remembers, “it was as if I had died and gone to heaven.” Preferring southern France for the magnificent finds and unbelievable bargains, she has journeyed across the Atlantic some fifty-three times now and has combed places such as Lyon, Auvergne, L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, Avignon, and Provence, as well as the surrounding villages and sprawling countryside. (Read more.)


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