Histoires

Vintage French Home Decor and Decorative Antiques

Mirepoix, France · 2727 Sales

Histoires

Vintage French Home Decor and Decorative Antiques

Mirepoix, France 2727 Sales On Etsy since 2011

5 out of 5 stars
(1025)

Shop owner

Nickie

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Announcement   I specialise in household linens including bedding, curtains and embroideries. Also enamelware, religious items, books and paper ephemera.

Please visit my other shops:
"Au Fournil Ancien" for French kitchenalia
https://www.etsy.com/shop/AuFournilAncien

Couturesse for vintage sewing supplies from France:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/Couturesse

Madame Hulla for vintage clothing and accessories:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/MadameHulla

Announcement

Last updated on Feb 22, 2018

I specialise in household linens including bedding, curtains and embroideries. Also enamelware, religious items, books and paper ephemera.

Please visit my other shops:
"Au Fournil Ancien" for French kitchenalia
https://www.etsy.com/shop/AuFournilAncien

Couturesse for vintage sewing supplies from France:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/Couturesse

Madame Hulla for vintage clothing and accessories:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/MadameHulla

Nickie

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Nickie

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Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(1025)
Jennifer Nauman

Jennifer Nauman on Apr 11, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

Gorgeous enamelware pitcher! It was described accurately and the pictures were great! It arrived in good shape.

Catherine

Catherine on Apr 10, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

Lovely plates -- beautiful pattern. Arrived well wrapped and in good condition

Tanya

Tanya on Apr 4, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

The books are adorable and in good condition. They've also arrived quickly.

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Updates

Should it be the purple amethyst, the clear quartz or those green stone grapes decorating the dining table today?
This flower press was a real find, unopened since the flowers were placed in it some time in the 1970s. A real time capsule.
There's FREE SHIPPING on all books to destinations outside France until the en of January... profitez as we say here wink
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About

From skip diver to shop owner

Collecting and searching out treasures is in my blood. As a small girl I was regularly lowered into skips by my mother to retrieve a broken old chair or some shiny nic-nak which she would spend many hours cleaning, repairing and totally reinventing. Her inspiration still fuels my magpie instincts today. This was back when “vintage” was referred to as second-hand, used or simply as rubbish by many people. It is a life-long passion. I scoured jumble sales / yard sales / junk shops / charity shops (and skips!!) in Britain for many years and now I am so fortunate to live in the beautiful Ariege department, South West France. Here there are so many opportunities to find incredible handmade clothing, textiles and objets d'art at vide greniers, brocantes, depot ventes and the occasional charity shop.

I opened Histoires 5 years ago after my collecting was threatening to take over our house. I have always been rather more maximalist (is that a word??) than minimalist so now, with the excuse of hunting out great French vintage items for my customers, I am busy filling up a barn with treasures to share.

I am reopening my vintage sewing supplies shop, Couturesse, after acquiring many braids, trims and fabrics from an abandoned textile mill in a local village.

Thank you for taking the time to read about me and I hope you will find something that takes your eye in Histoires. Don't forget to ask me to keep an eye open for something special for you.

Shop members

  • Nickie

    Curator, Owner

    I'm British but made France my home in 2010. Every joyous day now is spent running my Etsy shops, Histoires, Couturesse, AuFournilAncien and Madame Hulla or helping restore our broken down barn. Happy days :)

Shop policies

Last updated on March 3, 2018
Thank you for visiting Histoires and I hope you like what you have seen in my shop. I list new items daily and always have a large number of items in stock. If you have something specific you're hunting for please contact me, I might just be able to help.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
  • Items on sale
I operate a love it, or return it, no quibble, refund policy. I appreciate that sometimes items are not quite as expected or do not suit, so as a result I am happy to accept returns and provide refunds. Buyers will be responsible for all transit costs. To qualify simply supply tracking details of the returned item and we will issue a refund for the item upon receipt. Please note the item must not be damaged or altered.

I cannot accept a return after 3 months from the delivery of the item.

Please note that patterns, layaway purchases and sale items are non returnable.
Payment
I accept Paypal, Credit and Debit Cards through Etsy and Etsy Gift Cards. If you are in Europe and would like to pay in euros by bank transfer or cheque please contact prior to making your purchase.

No Paypal Account, No Problem. Checkout with a Major Credit Card via Paypal:
www.etsy.com/help/article/361
Shipping
Postage is from France

Small, flat, light items are still sent using the la poste "lettre prioritaire" letter service which has no tracking or insurance. These services can be added for an additional charge.

Small "paquets" are sent using the la poste Paquet Prio International service which has no tracking or insurance. There is a weight limit of 2kg on this service and certain large items cannot be shipped this way. Extra services such as tracking, signature on delivery or insurance are available at an extra charge, please add the upgrade option you want or contact me for a price.

All parcels with a value over $170 or weighing over 2kg will be sent via the Colissimo service This service requires a signature on delivery, includes insurance and is trackable. I will also require a contact phone number for the shipping company.

Please be aware that I ship from France and delivery times outside France and the EU can be longer. Please take this into account when placing your order. I'm afraid I cannot control delivery times and am not responsible for postal delays. If you need your item before a certain date please contact me prior to purchase for a price on expedited shipping.

I will happily ship worldwide and will combine shipping on multiple items. I endeavor to send all items within 3 days of receiving payment however I am not able to ship over weekends.

Please note that buyers are responsible for any and all duties and customs charges that may be incurred.

In cases of non delivery the item will be returned to me. I will refund the purchase price of the item upon receipt of the item. For customers in the EU the return postage is free. For customers outside the EU the return postage is chargeable and I will deduct this cost from the item cost and refund the balance.

SHIPPING COSTS FOR BOOKS: I ship books with the low cost Postal service: "Livres et Brochures". They usually take 10 -21 days, however please be aware that some parcels can take over 28 days.Please be patient. If you require a quicker service with tracking, insurance etc please contact me. Please note this service is not available to French destinations.

I wrap the items very carefully however occasionally an item is damaged while in transit. When you receive your parcel, if you see that it is opened, damaged, broken, always open it in front of the postman and ask him to sign a statement if the content is damaged. With this paper , the French poste will reimburse the content at the declared value for all the parcels with insurance. Without that, the insurance will NOT be functional. I cannot be held responsible for breakages during shipping if insurance was not purchased.

Postal costs and delivery delays are beyond my control.

If you require an invoice you can print this direct from your purchase history in Etsy. Should you require an invoice sending with your order with my store details and registration number please contact me and I will gladly supply this with your order
Additional policies and FAQs
All the items I sell are either vintage or antique so may have some flaws, dents, scratches etc. Any defects are described the best of my ability in the listing and where possible I include photos of defects. Please ask questions or request additional photos if needed before you commit to purchase as I want you to be happy with your purchase. Please do not buy if you are expecting an item in 'new' condition unless specified in the listing.

More information

Last updated on Sep 1, 2017
Frequently asked questions

Do you offer Layaway?

I am open to a layaway plan for more expensive items with a combined value of over $100 (including shipping). This way you can split your payments over a period of time between 1 and 3 months. We will agree the payments at the beginning and then your first payment reserves your item.

Please note that after you begin your payments I am unable to refund you or cancel the transaction as the item is reserved for you and unavailable for sale to anyone else. The item will stay on reserve until you finish your final payment.

Expedited shipping

The quickest and most reliable shipping I offer is using the Colissimo service. Shipping times with Colissimo are 5 - 8 working days from dispatch to delivery. If you want to add this service to your order please purchase the Colissimo upgrade.

If you want a quotation for a quicker service please contact me before your purchase as these services are very expensive.

How to contact me

Please always contact me via Etsy conversations, this way I can link your message easily to your order.

Once you have ordered, please continue to check your Etsy conversations, just in case I need any further information (such as a contact phone number) in order to ship your item.

Can you combine shipping on multiple purchases?

I will combine shipping on multiple purchases wherever possible.

I can combine shipping with items in my vintage sewing supplies shop,
https://www.etsy.com/your/shops/Couturesse

and with my kitchenalia shop:
https://www.etsy.com/your/shops/AuFournilAncien

and with my vintage clothing shop:
https://www.etsy.com/your/shops/MadameHulla

If you want an exact price for shipping on your order please contact me before you buy so that I can set up a custom listing for all the items you want with the correct shipping charge.

Please note that it is not always possible to combine shipping on large / heavy / fragile items as the economical La Poste service has an upper limit of 2kg.

Can I reserve an item?

Yes! I am happy to reserve items for up to a maximum of 1 month. If you would like to reserve an item I will ask you to pay 10% deposit.

How do I leave feedback?

Your opinion on my shop is important to me.
Details on how to leave a review are here - http://www.etsy.com/help/article/102