Dear Homes & Antiques (this was a letter written to the UK magazine by a reader regarding columns written by Toma)
I just wanted to say a huge thank you for providing the vintiquing guides in each of your issues. I have just come back from Berlin where the guide and I were inseparable! The torn out pieces of paper became crumpled and dog eared through continual use as I wondered the streets of the German capital. Without the guide I never would have ventured anywhere near the best places for antiques in Berlin and, as a result, bagged myself some bargains. I purchased an Art Deco era propelling pencil, a fabulous glass tankard and a solid marble writing set from 1936 – the last one for the bargain price of 33 euros. The biggest challenge was getting everything back without going over the baggage allowance! I will be honeymooning in San Francisco next year and you can bet I will be vintiquing too with the guide from the August edition of Homes and Antiques (just confirm; the husband-to-be is also in on this plan)!
Many thanks once again,
Beckie – England
What a testament to the type of company The Antiques Diva & Co is. Being from Australia, it’s not easy for me to simply “pop over” to Europe in order to buy antiques for my my little shop. A little “Googling” later and I discover Toma – after some email exchanges where she tried to clearly understand what type of inventory I was seeking and to nail down an approximate on the dates, she completely surprised me with a full-blown PowerPoint presentation of my trip, customized to fit my various requests. Together, we shopped several warehouses in Belgium (where I now have some great sources, thanks to Toma!) and also up into the English coast. What an amazing trip and what an amazing company. Looking forward to my next shopping trip with The Antiques Diva & Co in the Spring!
Judy – Australia
I must tell you how impressed I am with the outstanding professionalism both you and your company consistently display. Even with everything you are dealing with, your immediate response and follow through exemplify your company’s work effort, service, contacts and validate your outstanding reputation.
L.K. – USA
We cannot sing Danielle’s praises enough! She was WONDERFUL! She was patient with us and did anything we asked her to as far as antique hunting. We were successful and are so excited to start planning our retirement home full of gorgeous French antiques.
If you EVER need my recommendation of your company, especially Danielle, I would be pleased to offer it. We have been married for 44 years, and I was so happy shopping for beautiful things that I felt like a teenager again! Ha!
Thank you, and Danielle, again for a fabulous shopping experience in Paris.
L. & D. Sumpter
I really had a wonderful trip with Gail and Toma. What was really special for me is that I liked you both so much and I hope that we meet again. The service you offer is really fantastic. It was a pleasure from beginning to end. I can’t thank you enough.
Will be in touch sorting out paperwork once I am home. Flying tonight.
V. – South Africa
A note to say thank you, Danielle, for a truly remarkable day at les Puces. I appreciated your friendly and enthusiastic disposition and considerable negotiation skills, not only at navigating the busy and picturesque traffic laden cobblestone avenues in Paris, but also extending to negotiating prices of antiques with les Puces vendors. Your ability to create a win-win outcome on the items I purchased I suspect was grounded in your many years walking the alley ways at les Puces, together with your background in real estate. The day delighted the senses, from the amazing sights of an unimaginable range of antiques, touching and handling 17th, 18th and 19th century treasures, to dejuener at your favourite restaurant at les Pusces. The confit au carnard was delicious. I am delighted to have purchased the two 18th century pieces that I have been seeking for several years. The 18th century Gustavian sofa is a timeless piece with superb carving, patina and an attractive well proportioned shape. The 18th centure table la boucherie has remarkable patina and cast iron fret work and will enhance my home immeasurably. It would display superbly as a stand alone piece or could be used effectively as a console table. Our delightful time spent with the charming artistic interior designer, Sophie Atlan, was an unexpected bonus. Sophie’s hand-made chandelier light shades capture the Parisian artistic flair perfectly and will certainly bring life to my home, as will the cushions she makes. I would not have attempted to undertake the purchases and arrange shipping without your assistance. Their service was attentive and efficient. Thank you again, my visit to Les Puces may be the first of many to come.
Chris – Australia
I just wanted to drop you a quick note to tell you that hubby and I had a FANTASTIC time on our Antiques Diva Tour. Paris Diva Guide Kim was absolutely terrific…and hysterical…and beautiful! I bought a few things that I obviously needed to fulfill my life (an alabuster bust, a dentist’s tooth powder glass bottle, a 19th century prayer book). Does anyone really need any of this stuff??? Having said that, I absolutely adore my Parisian items!!!!
Dinna- Los Angeles
I wanted to send you a quick note of thanks and praise. Thank you for your Antique Diva service which provided an opportunity for me and my traveling companions to experience the National Fair of the Flea Market and Ham and the amazing Puce de Saint Ouen. The praise is for both the professional way everything was coordinated and for the awesome Kim! Kim is smart, funny, lovely, unflappable and makes everything so easy. Kelly, Carol and I really had a blast and were able to see parts of Paris that we wouldn’t otherwise have ventured. A great time was had by all!
Kendall – Virginia
We received the first box from your Online Shop and we are in love! The items are simply stunning. I think my favorite item might be the antique camisoles, but how to decide…
Vanessa - San Diego
Toma, You’re really a great ‘diva’ !!
So much energy, and always smiling. I was very pleased to have you and your nice clients in my shop. If you come with the american ladies I’ll buy some cakes and belgium chocolats ! We could organize something in my shop.
I really appreciate you a lot! Thanks for bringing me new clients!!
Sweet regards, see you!
K in Belgium
The Antiques Diva has helped me shop the world, and furnish my home with memoried treasures. She helped me purchase a massive silver champagne bowl (originally from the Hotel de Paris bar in Monaco) at the Bastille Fair in Paris; multiple crystal flower “frogs” in a remote spot of The Netherlands; a pair of elaborate vintage brass candlesticks in Amsterdam, a vintage long mink coat in Berlin (well actually the coat AND a fur wrap since she negotiated such a good deal!) and at least five pieces of large furniture at Chatou in Paris (one is a gorgeous marble topped Louis Philippe commode she wants me to leave her in my will).
I had never even heard of the Green Flea Market until I went to NYC several years ago on a girls’ trip to shop with The Antiques Diva. The weather was chilly, but after a hearty breakfast with Toma and bundling up warmly, we hit the outdoor booths. When I shop alone, here is what happens: I wander aimlessly, dazzled by everything, but unable to visualize how anything will look in my own home. So, I rarely make a purchase and instead get frustrated for wasting several hours of my time. When I shop with Toma, she remembers what types of things I am looking for, points out pieces of interest, and notes how they could be used in a modern home. Transactions actually occur, and I end up with a gorgeous home.
Stacey – USA