Le Journal

How We Got Here



Anticipation, excitement, a clear understanding that we had a lot to learn— all of these thoughts and emotions played out as Margo, Lance, and Margaret headed for the New Orleans airport to board a flight to Marseille. As Martin led the support team in the States, the other Folies soon settled into natural roles based on their specific gifts and graces. Margo’s longtime love of flea markets and “junking” in the States, along with Lance’s sense of style in creating floral and garden spaces, set the pace for exploring outdoor fairs and shops. Margaret took notes and photos of it all, while enjoying a chance to speak French with vendors, artists, and other shoppers, and learning the ropes from our “courier extraordinaire”, Keiran Gleeson. Over four intense days of treasure-hunting, bargaining, and buying, our team covered the antiques/collectibles action in the towns of Béziers, Pézenas, Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, Avignon, and Montpellier, appropriately culminating in traditional glasses of champagne at the mid-day close of the Montpellier fair. Santé! Now, back to the States to prepare for our container’s arrival in the Port of New Orleans in early fall. We can’t wait!