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Art Nouveau and Floral Art have been a sleeping passion for many years but I hardly found the time to explore, read, search and discover the many aspects of it.

Since a few years that has changed. In fact since I met my girlfriend, who showed me the many interesting places in this corner of the world where old things can be found. So now we explore them together. Mostly in the weekends, visiting little antique markets, flee markets, life auctions, broquantes, and some more established places where a good eye and some feeling is needed to find the nicest items for our collection. Also the internet was an interesting source to find items and in particular to find more information about them.

I started Gouda's Garden in 2002 with selling Gouda Pottery and Delftware on eBay. In the first place to get some funding for further expansion of my collection. This appeared to be a nice way of spending the extra time I got since I retired.

eBay succeeds to increase its fees from year to year at the expense of small sellers. Now (march 2010) they increased their listingfee for a shop item from 3 ct to 20 ct per month, which means 17ct x 12 months x 600 items = over $1200 extra costs per year. They offered a lower listing fee but that needed upgrading to a higher (more expensive) shoplevel which cost the seller 12 x $34 = over $400 extra per year. This offer was packed in sweet words about the lowest listing fees ever ...  for auction items, that I hardly use.

Since I like to offer my items for a moderate price it is hardly acceptable that ebay takes close to half of my profit.

The shop where you have arrived now is the result of this greedy behaviour of eBay. It is a pity, because eBay is a good place to be and selling is easy and comfortable. But I like to continue with keeping my prices low and attractive for you.

Another intention of this site is to store the information i have gathered, to structure interesting links to other sites that i have found and to show many of my finds. In this way i can share it with friends who have the same interest and.. at the same time I get some experience in building a web site.

This is a beginning. I have no idea where it ends...

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