I recently had a 'light bulb' moment which I wanted to share with you....

You may have heard of Emmaüs - these are outlets for purchasing excellent pieces of pre-loved vintage and retro furniture and household items, books, linens and lace, pictures, crockery and bric-a-brac etc at ridiculously cheap prices and possibly somewhere you would like to go to purchase some items yourself?

As we are located just 15 minutes from Emmaüs in Fougeres and 50 minutes from Emmaüs in Laval we really are perfectly placed for accommodating visitors to these areas. We are also happy to accompany you in order that you get the best bargains.

I have purchased quite a few things myself and I love nothing more than shabby chic-ing, upcycling and painting all manner of items....

Emmaüs is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays only. They do seem to have a steady turn a round of items and there is always something new on both days.

I would also like to add that we have a 15ft covered trailer and would be happy to discuss the possibility of the delivery of large items or multiple items to the UK or even the possibility of us doing the purchasing for you.

So there it is....my light bulb moment and hopefully you will agree this could be beneficial to us both.

FYI - We are approx 4.5 hours from Calais, 2 hours from Cherbourg, 1.5 from Caen and 50 minutes from Rennes (airport)

If this is a trip that you wish to consider, my suggestion would be to arrive on Tuesday afternoon and stay until Saturday/Sunday - visit the Emmaüs sites on Wednesday and Saturday and do a bit of sightseeing, shopping or just relaxing and taking it easy on the days in between.

Linda Blake-Copperthwaite