A day out with Jerome and Yvette reveiwing nearby locations that have products for sale that sort of match the type of thing we can buy at brocantes in France.
First up is Witney Warehouse, a furniture store that does a line in shabby chic painted furniture and is pretty good at it.
Then on to Chipping Norton antique centre where there is much more expensive shabby chic stuff and loads of french collectibles of various sorts - most at prices of perhaps 6 times what we would need to pay for the item in France.
Finally to Oxford to view the Thursday antique and craft market in Gloucester Green - our stuff would be better than the typical stuff for sale here
So a reasonable showcase of the trade we are getting into - and no sign that the plan is particularly far-fetched.