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"I'm on a mission to make antiques modern, sexy, profitable, and fun!"

Toma Clark Haines

CEO of The Antiques Diva & Co

Ciao – I´m Toma. I am the CEO of The Antiques Diva & Co. I am a creative who has learned through trial and error how to get s#t done. I am an entrepreneur, a writer, a speaker, a jewelry and furniture designer, as well as the host of the reality TV show Republic of Toma. Most of all, I am a dreamer and I’ve learned how to make dreams a reality. Let me tell you how we at The Antiques Diva & Co can help you.
Antiques were my hobby. I turned my passion into profits when I built a career in my suitcase, so I could travel the world (and help others do the same). I started AD&CO in 2008. It all began with a tongue-in-cheek joke. I didn’t know then that this joke was going to change my life. (And yours).

One day in 2000, I was at the Paris Flea Market with a friend. At the exact moment my friend said “I’ll take it”, I quipped, “That’s why they call me The Antiques Diva.” 

That joke became a blog.
The blog became a business.
And that business became a leader in the antiques industry.

With a mobile phone and the help of friends, I am proud to have created an empire – with the help of my team – that operates in 16 countries and has changed peoples lives. 
At The Antiques Diva & Co, we are now the World’s Largest Antiques Touring company.
“Changed peoples lives??” Quelle Drama! This is the Business of Antiques! It’s not Brain Surgery.” We may not be solving world hunger, but we are helping people find fulfillment by getting paid to do what they love.
We help entrepreneurs source antiques overseas and create profitable antiques businesses. 
Through our antique buying tours, our 1 on 1 business coaching for antiques dealers, our online Antique Dealer Training Program, and our in person Antique Dealer Educational Retreats – we help people make dreams a reality.

Here are a few ways we might be able to help you:

  • Do you want to know how to open an antiques store? We will give you the roadmap teaching you how to start your antiques business. You wouldn’t take a road trip without consulting a map – so why start an antiques business without consulting me? Book a free 1 hour consultation
  • Do you want to know how – and where – to buy antiques in Europe and ship them home? Are you curious about pricing modules and sales cycles? Join our Antique Dealer Training Program.
  • Are you an antiques dealer who isn’t making enough money? Are you afraid of social media? It is time you hire us for Business Consulting.
If you’re not making money in your antiques business – it’s just a hobby.
I didn’t always know how to do these things. I learned them. Step by step just like you.
When I was a child my parents taught me that it was ok to be afraid.

Bravery means being afraid and doing it anyway.

I’m American. But I live in Italy. I grew up in Oklahoma – on a ranch 30 miles from the nearest town. My mom took me to garage sales on the weekend. My dad was a cowboy. Whereas my mom taught me about beauty, my dad taught me about adventure. More than anything, both my parents believed in me. And their belief in me – lead me into being the woman I am today.
My mission is to help you embrace this same belief that you can do anything you put your mind to – to give you the training, the tools, and the support system you need to get everything you want. 
People always ask me, “Toma how did you get started in this?”

It started with one YES.

After that infamous joke I began, writing The Antiques Diva blog – It was publicized in the Wall Street Journal and Marie Claire. People emailed asking if they could take an antiques buying tour. At first I said no – I was afraid to do it alone. So I asked a friend to help me. She had a Masters in History of Art. And our team kept growing as I asked friends for help. These friends became Diva Guides. They knew antiques dealers I didn’t know. They were fluent in languages I wasn’t fluent in. They had different specialities in antiques than my own. I realized my friends and I were all stronger together than we were alone.

It takes a village!
Meet The Antiques Diva Team

I believe you must be willing to ask for help if you want to succeed in the business of antiques.
None of us can do it alone.

And that’s why we want to help you with your antiques business. 
The antiques business is not a cookie cutter business. We help you find the way that is right for you taking into consideration your strengths and weaknesses, your personality, and your financial needs. 
Whether you’re starting an antiques business or looking to make a big change in your personal life, we’re here to help you reach the highest levels of your potential and tap into the deepest wisdom within you. If you’ve read this far, thank you. I hope this is just the beginning of our relationship. I’d love to learn more about you. The best way is to schedule a 1 on 1 personal phone call with me – a free consultation.
Are you ready to become the best antiques dealer you can be? It starts with one Yes!

P.S… Would you like the BEHIND THE SCENES STORY of How I became The Antiques Diva - the REAL STORY of all the bumps and curves in the road?
LISTEN to me on my podcast - Season 4 Episode ## The Business of Antiques.
None of us can do it alone.

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