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Meet Debbie Breece of Jardins Antiques

Today we’d like to introduce you to Debbie Breece.

Hi Debbie, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I was a flight attendant for a major airline and started flying internationally in the late 1990s. I usually flew to London, Paris, Brussels, Stuttgart, Zurich, and Nice. I was out shopping and stumbled upon Mission Roads Antique Mall (now defunct). I noticed many items said from England or France and were very expensive. I could do that and started hunting for European antique markets. I went to boot sales in England and brought back watering cans, trugs, and garden tools. I opened a small booth at Mission Roads Antique Mall and named my business Jardins Antiques, French, for gardens. Later on, I opened my website, www.jardinsantiques.com.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It wasn’t easy at first because we would fly all night to Europe and arrive early in the morning. Our layover usually was 24 hours, and fly back to the states the following day. To shop for antiques, we had to go shopping when we arrived instead of going to bed and taking a short nap. So we were up about 24-30 hours without sleep. Eventually, I became used to the hours. Also, Europe is about 6-7 hours ahead of the states, so I had to get used to that.

We’ve been impressed with Jardins Antiques, but for folks who might not be as familiar, what can you share with them about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I started searching for garden items, china, pottery, chintz, majolica, and transferware. There is so much of it in Europe! I made friends with antique dealers, and they taught me so much. I also purchased books and learned as much as I could. I am particularly proud of my chintz collection, which is rare to find, and I have a great stock of it. I eventually expanded to silver, especially sterling, and am pretty knowledgeable in that area.

What do you like best about our city? What do you like least?
I love Kansas City! It is so diverse, yet it has small communities all over. Because I can fly free, I could live just about anywhere, but I chose Kansas City. It has great museums, sports, etc., of large cities, yet it still has that hometown feel. I am very proud to call Kansas City home.

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