Found in France
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A Petersham boutique sells a swag of antique finds from the French countryside
Sydney couple Gavin Sainsbury and Scott Jenkins travel across France, rummaging for vintage finds and salvaged homewares to stock their shop on Palace Street. Filled with vintage posters, glassware and oak furniture, the store is their first retail venture after years of collecting antiques as a hobby. The shop used to be called Palace Trader but is now Found in France.
Sainsbury is an animatronics puppeteer who’s worked on shows such as How to Train Your Dragon and Walking With Dinosaurs. As he is required to travel for work, the couple would drive out to warehouses and people’s backyard sales to find antiques. Those finds include a 1920s mirror that’s decorated with aged splits in the glass – Jenkins tells us it’s from a café in Lyon – and a large wooden table in the centre of the room was formerly a baker’s workbench.
The Petersham shop is only open Thursday-Saturday, but since the 19th-century building is also the owners' home, they’re open by appointment, too. “The space was once a barbershop,” says Jenkins. “It was also an antiques store – called Ted’s Treasures – and a glazier’s and a dressmakers too. So the place has history.”
“We like the painted, salvaged look,” says Sainsbury. His favourite object was one that’s already flown off the shelf: an industrial mixing implement made of oak and metal. "It was the one piece that I fell in love with,” he says. Jenkins has multiple favourites, joking that sometimes he just can’t let go of some of the things they’ve found. “My tip is to buy what you love,” he smiles. “That’s the most important thing.”