When we furnished our little house we did it mostly in one go three years ago, bringing all the furniture in a large transit van from England, all in one weekend. You can read about that here.
This year we decided we needed another piece of furniture, some kind of large glass fronted cupboard to store our crockery and glassware. This was so that we could have it all nearer to the kitchen, saving having to walk across the living room with trays precariously piled up with stuff after each washing up session. Plus the fact that the little sideboard was crammed full and getting down on our hands and knees to winkle things out at every mealtime was becoming annoying.
Just like before, we spent some time searching furniture shops, vide-greniers and second-hand shops in France and found nothing that was even remotely the right size to fit where we wanted it to go, not to mention affordable. So we came to the conclusion again that if we were to avoid spending a lot of our precious holiday time shopping for furniture, we should have to buy it in the UK and somehow get it over to France.
The furniture we bought only three years ago is now discontinued. We were rather disappointed about this, as they did have the perfect cupboard in the range. We considered buying it at the time but thought we would never need it. Now we know we should have bought it in the first place.
However, the store we got it from had a cupboard made for us to our own specification for about the same price as we would have paid for the original.
You can see how we got it to France. The wrapping started to unravel half way down the M1 but we bodged it back together and the cupboard arrived in perfect condition. Much easier than hiring a van or towing a trailer.
We’re very pleased with the new cupboard and it’s full already.