In the Press
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“When this Global Tastemaker is not taking some of the top names in the design industry on buying tours, Clark Haines is also a freelance travel and design writer, an international public speaker and a social media guru. She is a champagne connoisseur, a vintage Chanel addict and her hobbies include driving fast cars and gourmet cooking…”
Top 35 Vintage Design Blogs You Should Be Reading – iNDUSTViLLE – September 2015
“This is the ultimate list of vintage interior design blogs. There are loads of bloggers out there but we made sure we found the cream of the crop for this post…”
“When The Antiques Diva® Toma Clark Haines tells her insider tips for a destination like Paris—people listen. The Chief Executive Diva of Europe’s largest antiques touring company has spent years professionally guiding treasure hunters through more than eight countries including: France, Belgium, England, Germany, Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden. The Antiques Diva® & Co. offers customized buying tours including their award winning Paris Flea Market Tours listed as one of the top ten things to do on your trip to Paris. Here are some of her Summer Tourist in Paris Tips…”
Paris (75), France – I promised myself that my next trip to Paris would include a visit to the secret city. I am talking about the Puce de Paris (Paris Flea Market). Like the different arrondissements of Paris, the Puce de Paris St Ouen is divided into different markets with many alleyways and more than 2,000 vendors, so I enlisted the expertise of The Antiques Diva for a day of customised sourcing and touring….
Renowned for private Paris Flea Market tours, Antiques Diva offers bespoke buying trips in destinations across Europe with locally based ‘Diva Guides’ to suit your individual style and budget. My weakness: vintage fashion, so I was thrilled to discover Les Merveilles de Babellou at our first market, Paul Bert Serpette.
“While taking Olga Granda-Scott of The HighBoy on a whirlwind Antiques Diva UK experience to introduce her to a few of our favorite fairs and dealers, we attended opening day of the renowned English antiques fair Masterpiece in London. Offering museum quality pieces, this fair is one of the best in Europe, comparing often as a smaller TEFAF…”
“If you desire the experience of finding and shopping for your special antiques is what you desire, then Toma Clark Haines of the Antiques Diva & Co. is your gal. Toma takes her shopping clients to Europe, and you may end up in someone’s castle, or in a warehouse in Belgium. This dynamic lady has sources from years and years of European travel, and knows a large network of people. Shopping with Toma is an opportunity to find that perfect treasure for any space, to complete your Boomer home. Plus, you’ll have the shopping trip of a lifetime!”
“A weekend spent exploring these picturesque Belgian towns will yield a wealth of treasures for the experienced and novice hunters alike…”
“Twice a year, in spring and fall, Italy’s largest antiques fair, the Mercanteinfiera, takes place in the historic and gastronomic city of Parma. With over one thousand exhibitors and tens of thousands of shoppers from around the globe, this popular event represents a treasure trove of unique finds in copious categories for individual collectors, dealers and interior designers. Since 2008, Toma Haines, aka The Antiques Diva® has been leading antique tours throughout Europe, including visits to Marcanteinfiera. When Toma asked if Susanna and I would like to join her as guests of the fair’s VIP program last October, we jumped at the chance. Tag along for an insider peek at shopping the enormous Parma antiques fair with a seasoned expert.”
Editor-at-Large Designer’s Guide for High Point Market – Spring 2015
The Netherlands arguably has one of the most impenetrable antiques markets in Europe; it hosts more by-appointment-only antique shops than any other country in the region. Knowing whose number to call and whose doorbell to ring at the right time is fundamental. So unless you are willing to do serious homework before you set out to Amsterdam then I would advise that you book in an antique shopping day with Toma Clark Haines from The Antiques Diva….
An Interview with Daniel Larsson – the Go-To Guy for Swedish Antiques – Baroque Nordic – February 2015
“I recently was able to interview Daniel Larsson, owner of D.Larsson Interiör & Antikhandel, one of Sweden’s top sources for authentic antique furniture and decor. Daniel opened his store in July 2012 and has quickly become recognized in the industry as the go-to guy for Swedish Antiques – He not only locates the goods you’re looking for but also educates you when buying your first slice of Swedish history or adding to your ever growing collection of rare Scandinavian finds.
Unlike other dealers who wouldn’t dream of sharing their sources, Daniel is a guide with The Antiques Diva® & Co European Tours which means he takes clients hand in hand to wholesale warehouses and secret sources….”
The Paris Puce – Ruby Lane – January 2015
A favorite go-to stop for many of the vendors on Ruby Lane is the Paris flea market (Les Puces) Clingancourt also known as Le Marché aux Puces de Saint-Ouen. Located in the 18th arrondisement, it is a virtual treasure trove of antiques, collectibles and vintage clothing and as always, the thrill lies in the hunt. I caught up with my friend and antique shopping expert Toma Clark Haines a.k.a. “Antiques Diva” (who is based in Berlin with a staff of knowledgeable guides throughout Europe) on her thoughts on the grande dame of the fleas….
A Day at the Paris Flea Market, Marche Aux Puces… Piacenza Design – October 2014
It was a glorious September Saturday, perfect for seeking out “haute brocante” at the Paris Flea Market and discovering sublime inspiration. Our guide, Danielle, from The Antiques Diva (what a great find!) picked us up at our apartment in the 4th Arrondissment…
Tips from a Pro on Flea Market Shopping – Chicago Magazine – July 2014
Paris-based antique expert Toma Clark Haines, AKA the Antiques Diva, shares some tips on salvage scavenging—and you learn more from her in person at an event this weekend…
The Future of Antiques: Antiques & Design in the 21st Century – New York City, NY
Featured panelist, along with Judith Miller and Olga Granda-Scott. Moderated by Doris Athineos of Traditional Home. “U.S. Antique Shows Partners with The HighBoy to Sponsor Elite Panel of Speakers on the Future of Antiques…”
Fall Market 2014 – D&D Building – NYC, NY
Toma Clark Haines is a featured speaker. “Learn how to create an eco-elegant interior through a conversation with LEED Accredited Professional, designer and author Trudy Dujardin and The Antiques Diva herself, Toma Clark Haines, as they discuss how to achieve green spaces and the ways in which antiques can play a roll; moderated by Atlanta-based designer and Bravo’s “Top Design” star Kerry Howard.”
“The Insider – Paris Antiques” – London’s Sunday Times – October 12th, 2014
Tips on the Paris Flea Market scene from Toma Clark Haines.
“Relics to Relish: Antiques continue to gain in popularity” – Las Vegas Review-Journal – September 2014
“Putting a patina on your home décor isn’t difficult. Adding antiques to your style, whether it is modern or minimalist can add flair and warmth to any room. Antiques continue to be a hot decorating trend, for many reasons, said Toma Clark Haines, founder and CEO of The Antiques Diva &Co., Europe’s largest antiques touring and sourcing company. “Painted, repurposed antiques and used furniture continue to be a popular design choice,” said Clark Haines, who spoke recently at the Summer Las Vegas Market held at the World Market.”
“As a child growing up in western Oklahoma, Toma Haines remembers looking at a globe and telling her mother she wanted to live in Venice one day.
“She said ‘Oh, no you can’t do that,’ which made me determined to travel even more,” Haines said.
Haines is from Sharon, a Woodward County town of about 135 people. There were 23 people in her graduating class. Today, Haines calls herself “chief executive diva” of The Antiques Diva & Co., Europe’s largest antiques touring company…”
“Double Treat: A Tour of 1stdibs and a Paris Flea Market Lecture by The Antiques Diva” – NYC Culture/Style Blog – July 2014
“On March 25th at the New York Design Center, Toma Clark Haines, The Antiques Diva, had an exhaustive and eye opening lecture on the ins and outs of the Paris Flea Market and the mistakes neophytes make when exploring it without an expert guide to help them out. It was an invaluable opportunity for interior designers who enjoy treasure hunting to learn how to make the most out of their foraging adventures abroad.”
“As someone who loves to travel and has a great appreciation for antique and vintage furnishings, I am absolutely thrilled to welcome the Antiques Diva as our newest sponsor on La Dolce Vita. Since opening in 2008, The Antiques Diva® & Co has become Europe’s largest antiques touring company, offering customized, private one-on-one antiques buying tours in 8 countries to both private individuals (tourists) and to the trade (antique dealers and interior designers)…”
New York Spaces – June 2014
“Flea market maven Toma Clark Haines, owner of The Antiques Diva® & Co European Tours, takes to the streets in New York sharing tips on where to shop in the Big Apple this summer for vintage fun in the sun. As the entrepreneur who created Europe’s largest antiques touring company offering customized antique buying tours in ten countries, Toma shares “Basic Rules of Flea Marketry” that apply world-wide regardless of whether you’re in New York, London, Paris or further afield. ”
“Take a Seat Chair-ity Auction” – IFDA New York – May 2014
“For her “Take a Seat” chair-ity donation Toma went classic French donating a period piece from circa 1760! This Louis XV Rococo Upholstered Beechwood Fauteuil is older than America! Choosing not to embellish it too much, Toma Clark Haines explains this chair is Classic, Elegant and Traditional! Toma thinks this chair should be titled, IT TAKES A VILLAGE! Here’s the serendipitous, inspiring story: Alan Rauta of Cromatti attended the Design Bloggers Conference in Atlanta and won the $5000 grand prize donated by Michael Bruno of 1stdibs….”
D&D Building gears up for annual Spring Market – The Editor at Large – May 2014
“De le Cuona will host Toma Clark Haines, founder of The Antiques Diva & Co., Olga Granda-Scott, co-founder of The High Boy, and interior designers Philip Gorrivan and David Scott, for a conversation on the role of antiques in 21st century interiors. The panel will be moderated by Louis Navarrete.”
The Ultimate European Travel & Antiques Shopping Experience – Decor Girl Blog – May 2014
Interview: Toma Haines and the romance of antiques – Cromatti – May 2014
“Toma Haines from www.antiquesdiva.com is one of those lucky people who has found a career following their passion. From starting a blog about antiques through to now running Europe’s largest antiques touring company, Toma is in the enviable position of travelling the world discovering beautiful treasures. In this interview with Cromatti, Toma shares practical tips on how to buy antiques and why she believes finding the right piece involves using your heart as much as your head.”
A Day with the Antiques Diva on BlogTour Milan – The English Room Blog – May 2014
Do you know Toma Haines?
You should! I had the distinct pleasure of spending the day with this design dynamo while on Blogtour Milan. Toma, Andrew (Toma’s right hand man) and Susan (the guide on the ground in Milan) took us on the most delightful afternoon through the Brera popping in and out of some of the most amazing design shoppes, vintage stores and boutiques I have ever frequented.
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“Do you know Toma Haines? You should! I had the distinct pleasure of spending the day with this design dynamo while on Blogtour Milan. Toma, Andrew (Toma’s right hand man) and Susan (the guide on the ground in Milan) took us on the most delightful afternoon through the Brera popping in and out of some of the most amazing design shoppes, vintage stores and boutiques I have ever frequented.”
How to Purchase Antiques in Europe – Kandrac Kole – May 2014
“Would you like to know how to purchase antiques in Europe? Read on…..While traipsing through Milan during our Blog Tour with Modenus, we caught up with Toma Clark Haines, founder of The Antiques Diva & Co.”
Porte-Cochere – Five Inspiring Talks on the Business of Design at April 2014 High Point Market
Mrs. Clark Haines delivered a fun exploration of French Antiques through the Louis’ (XIII, XIV, XV, XVI) and finished it off with a champagne tour of her favorite shops in the Antique & Design Center, her specialty :)!
“Antique Hunting – Versailles – Antiques Diva” – France Magazine – April 2014
“A Phoenix from the Ashes” – Sassy Magazine – April 2014
“I first met Toma Clark Haines in Chicago while she was on a United States press tour in November of last year. I attended a seminar about sourcing antiques internationally and she was one of the panelists. That evening my friend Robyn and I invited Clark Haines to join us at RL for cocktails…”
London Times – March 19, 2014
The Antiques Diva & Co was included as a special gift idea in the Mother’s Day Supplement of the London Times newspaper.
“The 25th Bath Decorative Antiques Fair” – Homes & Antiques website – March 2014
“I caught up with Judith Miller (right) and Gail McLeod (second right) of Antiques News, who had just hosted a guided tour of the fair for some visitors brought to the event by Toma Haines (second left) of The Antiques Diva & Co. Toma and her Swedish counterpart and company director Andrew Skipper (left) organise European antiques buying tours that sound thrilling!”
Design Bloggers Conference 2014 – Atlanta, Georgia
Featured speaker at this exciting industry conference.
Collectables Handbook & Price Guide 2014-2015 – Judith Miller and Mark Hill
The Antiques Diva & Co is quoted on the back cover of this wonderful industry resource.
Sooner Spaces – March 2014
“Meet Europe’s Antiques Diva…from Oklahoma!” – “Like a lot of cool folks I meet, Toma Clark Haines began as an online friend…”
Girls’ Guide to Europe – March 2014
Fans of the popular company Girls’ Guide to Paris will be delighted to note the company has expanded and is now producing an online magazine – The Girls’ Guide To Europe. The Antiques Diva Guide to Berlin is featured in their premier issue.
“Americans in Paris” by Alan Tanksley – New York Spaces – February 2014
“If you’re an antiques-lover like me, I’d highly suggest learning more about Toma and her genius business—one of Europe’s largest antiques touring company. The Antiques Diva herself, Toma Clark Haines, above and a fantastic crowd with some of the design world’s top players. Photograph by José Manuel Alorde.”
Highlights from Maison & Objet and Paris Deco Off – The Editor at Large – February 2014
Homes & Antiques – February 2014 Edition
“Vintiquing in New Orleans” article. “Toma Clark Haines takes a trip round America’s jazz capital in search of the best antiques.”
Renegade Collective – January 2014 Issue
“Paris And Her Fleas”. Article by Mariela Demetriou. “Toma Haines – the queen of the markets, the maestro, or The Antiques Diva as she’s better known – was quick to order us both a “French 75” cocktail, laughing “it’s Coco Chanel with a dagger, darling!” I liked her immediately.”
New York Spaces – Dec 2013
“When I planned to take a European Antiques Tour with Toma Clark Haines: The AntiquesDiva® I knew I was going to have a private tour of the Paris Flea Markets and full week antiquing in Belgium—crisscrossing the country exploring noted destinations like Axel Vervoordt but also out of the way warehouses one would never know existed without the assistance of someone deeply entrenched in the European Antiques markets. What I didn’t realize is that I would end up with a new obsession: the art (and business) of antiquing.”
Gala Magazine – Nov 2013
When Gala Magazine – the French equivalent of People magazine – wanted to take a Shopping Tour of the Paris Flea Market – who did they call? That’s right! The Antiques Diva® & Co.
Diva Guide Extraordinaire Danielle Pelletier took their journalists and photographers by the hand and led them on our insider’s tour of the famous Paris flea market, showing them 7 miles of antique-filled alleyways, 13 flea market districts and telling them how on our antiques buying tours we help clients by translating, negotiating and liaising clients with shippers for international shipping.
We were thrilled when the issue came out this November 2013 – and we were listed as the best tour company at the Paris Flea Market!
French Garden House – Oct 2013
Paris Shopping Tours – The Antiques Diva Interview– Girls’ Guide to Paris – Mar 2013
“Toma Clark Haines grew up in a small town in Oklahoma but always dreamed of living overseas…It was something that was in her soul, and in the year 2000 she and her husband moved to Paris. For the last five years she has been operating a unique business of Paris shopping tours that are a must on anyone’s itinerary for the City of Light, and it has grown beyond her wildest dreams, with tours in other parts of France, as well as in Belgium, Holland, England and Italy….”
One-of-a-Kind Finds in New York City – American Eagle In-Flight Magazine – Jan/Feb 2013
“Toma Clark Haines is an intrepid traveler who spends her time exploring the antiques scene. She takes shoppers on tours of storied flea markets around the world as The Antiques Diva (antiquesdiva.com). Stacey Thompson, an avid client, benefitted from her advice when she visited the Green Flea and sniffed out a vintage crystal chandelier she felt would be far too complicated to get back to her house in Missouri. Haines helped her…”
5 Questions with The Antiques Diva, Toma Clark Haines – Kelly’s Kitchen Sync – Feb 2013
“Toma Clark Haines has the type of glamorous life we all wish we led: she lives in trendy Berlin, travels to the best antique shops in Europe (of course, she knows all the good not-to-be mentioned-in-guidebook shops), eats at the finest restaurants, and, on top of all that, gets paid for it all too! She is the owner of The Antiques Diva & Co., offering antique buying tours throughout Europe and a wonderful friend who I met on BlogTour NYC last year. We caught up in her whirlwind schedule to talk about all things antique.”
“There is no better place to antique shop abroad than in France…The Antiques Diva & Co sat down with Belle Inspiration recently to tell about their newest branch of tour offerings in Provence, including tours in L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, Aix en Provence, Avignon, Marseille, Cannes and Nice”.
A Conversation with The Antiques Diva, Toma Clark Haines – Paris Nook – February 2013
“We had the opportunity this week to have a Q&A with Toma Clark Haines, the founder and visionary behind the Antiques Diva & Co. Her enthusiasm regarding French, Italian, and other European furniture is so infectious that we wanted to share the conversation with you in its entirety”.
Best of Paris Shopping: The Street Market Guide – CNN Website – December 2012
“Chanel, Vuitton, Dior — Paris, historically, is a key item on any true shopper’s wish list. The Champs-Elysées, however, has become passé with stores like Banana Republic and Abercrombie attracting a different type of clientele, disappointing those looking for that unique Parisian splurge…The brand names, and their prices, are equally available in New York and London, according to Jennifer Balmadier, a guide with The Antiques Diva. She helps find shopping alternatives to guidebook favorites, creating custom shopping experiences for her clients. “I often like to combine shopping with history and Paris is a great place for that,” she says.”
Global Living – December 2012
The Golden Lion of Parma, by Toma Clark Haines. “The fog had settled low over the plains surrounding Parma, the sky seemingly lying on the ground, as we arrived at this town in the Italian region of Emilia-Romagna – famous for its ham, cheese, architecture and art. It was the latter that brought me to town on business. Mercanteinfiera, one of Italy’s top antique fairs, was on and my job as owner of The Antiques Diva & Co European Tours was to help my clients shop the fair. But a woman can’t live on antiques alone…”
Antique Shops & Designers – Winter 2012
“I might not have been to the manor house born, but that has never stopped me from being a “princess and the pea” kind of girl. Luxury is my middle name and when I travel, I like nothing more than to be pampered and preened over in a manner to which I’d like to grow accustomed”.
The Daily Basics – November 2012
Book Your Tickets for Mercanteinfiera Antiques Fair in Italy in March! La Dolce Diva: Mercanteinfiera Antiques Fair in Parma. “I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, “It ain’t easy being a diva! The Antiques Diva® that is!!” My life as owner of Europe’s most popular antiques shopping tour company, The Antiques Diva & Co European Tours, is a non-stop roller coaster of antiquing in exotic locations and drinking copious quantities of champagne as I bring both tourists and the trade (antique dealers and interior designers) with me to the crème de la crème of the European antiques scene”.
On the Road with The Antiques Diva – Virtual Buying Tours – Modenus – November 2012
“Leading European Antique Buying Tours means my travels take me on the road in dozens of countries helping tourists, antique dealers and interior designers buy abroad. What clients often don’t realize is that The Antiques Diva & Co also offers virtual tours for clients who can’t go abroad themselves, giving clients a reach beyond their borders.”
Freshome – A Beginner’s Guide to Using Antiques in your Home – October 2012
“In recent years, we have witnessed the rising trend for all things vintage, and not just in interiors. Our consumer society, which once sought out the most modern, cutting edge and exclusive designs for the home, has taken a step back in time and objects that were once so highly coveted now share the lime light with an older, more experienced and more mature version of themselves…antiques!”. Read more…
Design Magnifique Interview – October 2012
“Traipsing from one country to the next, including England, France, Italy, Belgium, Holland and Germany on the hunt for antiques seems like a blissful job but I assure you this is THE job for The Antiques Diva.”. Read more in the two part interview: Part One and Part Two
“No one – not your mother, your clients or the vendors you’re working with – wants to tell you “No” when you ask for something; most people want to find a way to tell you “Yes”. My “aha” moment was when I realized this and started asking for what I wanted in life.” Toma Clark Haines, The Antiques Diva & Co European Shopping Tours
Global Living – May 2012 Edition
Expat Living: Berlin. Feature story, including cover. “Toma Clark Haines takes us inside her luxurious Berlin abode”
Homes & Antiques – June 2012 Edition
“Vintiquing in Berlin” article. “Berlin resident and shopper extraordinaire Toma Clark Haines shares her secrets of where to find vintage pieces in Germany’s hippest city”.
Antique Shops & Designers – Spring 2012
“Have you ever dreamed about a trip to Europe where the main focus was shopping…stop daydreaming! Introducing Toma Clark Haines, The Antiques Diva – an American living in Europe who makes dreams come true.”
(Note: magazine cover photo by The Antiques Diva & Co)
Antique Shops & Designers – Spring 2012
Shopping Chez Vervoordt, by Toma Clark Haines. “Perhaps the only thing better than touring the great castles of Europe is being able to shop in them. When the invitation came to bring a pair of high-profile clients antique shopping in the fifty room, 14th century Kasteel van ‘s-Gravenwezel – the personal home of Axel Vervoordt, the world’s most respected antiques dealer, collector and interior designer – my clients felt as if they had been handed the keys to the kingdom of interior bliss”.
Heart Home Magazine – Summer 2012 Edition
“Guided by the vivacious Antiques Diva a.k.a. Toma Haines, I concluded my introduction to Berlin with an afternoon’s “vintiquing” on Suarezstrasse”.
Girl’s Guide to Paris – May 2012
“I wouldn’t be caught dead taking tours in Paris or anywhere else…But there are certain things that even I can’t figure out on my own. Sometimes I have to turn to the pros, but I won’t do so unless they’ll show me Paris in a way that’s special and unique, not in a way that I can find in every guide book”.
Smart Money – May 2012
“10 Things Flea Markets Won’t Tell You”. “Shippers can also take care of necessary documentation, says Toma Haines, chief executive of The Antiques Diva & Co, which arranges tours of European flea markets”.
“When Toma Clark Haines, Chief Executive Diva of The Antiques Diva & Co European Tours, and her good friend, caterer and international cooking school guru Jill DiGiovanni of CHEFinBERLIN decide to throw a party, the resulting fete is a recipe for success…”
Surroundings – Spring 2012 Issue
An interview with Linda Merrill of Surroundings magazine.
Flea Market Decor – Spring 2012 Issue
“Most dedicated flea market shoppers who scour their local markets for art and antiques eventually long to shop bigger markets. For some that means scheduling a weekend trip across the country. Others dust off their passports and book passage to some of the world’s most famous international flea markets…”
“Vintiquing in Antwerp” article
Achica Living – March 2012
“The key to interesting interiors lies in the juxtaposition of old and new….in decorating, the best interiors include a blend of old and new, precious and pop, bright and matt”.
“Schedule excursions with an expert local shopping guide – “Diva Guides” will help you secure local discounts, deal with shipping issues and shop with “a decorator’s eye”.
Independent Traveler.com – April 2012
“Alone in Paris, the untrained shopper might end up with a gauche beret or badly translated copy of Rousseau. Mon dieu! Best to call in the experts. The Antiques Diva & Co. helps visitors navigate the warrens of flea markets and overwhelming quantity of quality stores…”
The Decorating Diva – March 2012
“No visit to Paris would be complete without a trip to the enchanting Marché aux Puces St-Ouen de Clignancourt- famously known as the Paris Flea Market. Lucky for me, my friend Toma Haines the Chief Executive Diva at The Antiques Diva & Co. and a design ambassador for BlogTour NYC 2012, arranged a first-class guided tour of the flea market for me with one of her Paris-based guides, Kim Poulin.”
“Toma Haines has arguably one of the best jobs in the world…”
The New York Times – September 2011
The Antiques Diva & Co takes Lynn Yaeger and The New York Times through an exciting tour of the “Ham & Antiques Fair” in Chatou, just outside Paris!
The Washington Post – September 2011
The Antiques Diva® & Co provides a whirl-wind trip to Mrs Wheelbarrow in Paris.
Listed as 1 of the top 150 Women Entrepreneurs to Know in Amsterdam, The Antiques Diva® & Co is defined as being “Vibrant, Youthful and Timeless.”
Consumer Traveler – April 2011
HGTV – Repurposing household items for closet organization
mtrip Travel Guides – October 2010
So. You want to go shopping. You want to find antiques. And ooh la, la, you’re in Paris, where the options for these two combinations are endless. What’s a shop-a-holic to do?
Enter Toma Haines, who runs the antiques shopping business, The Antiques Diva.
There’s more than one way to discover a destination. For the History Buff: If it’s a weekend, tap into the expertise of The Antiques Diva®, who conducts tours of Porte de Vanves and the Marche aux Puce de Saint-Ouen, Clignancourt and other Paris flea markets.
Throughout time, women have proven themselves to be certifiable queens at the art of reinvention. Whether as a result of a company redundancy, a domestic or international relocation, their off-ramping to have children, an unexpected need to become primary caregivers to ill family members, a painful divorce or widowing, or for any number of reasons, stories abound of women who have switched hats, careers and/or lifestyles and done so very successfully
From antiques-filled flea markets to cult designer boutiques and hidden bargain stops, T+L navigates Paris with a trio of locals. When I am in the City of Light, I rarely set foot in a gallery unless it has a gift shop. My favorite place to dine is the department-store cafe, with the frites stand at the flea market a close second. But recently it dawned on me that even a world-class compulsive shopper like myself has a tendency to visit the same markets, the same charming boutiques, the same venerable department stores. So on my latest trip I decided to consult three shopping gurus two natives and one honorary citizen about their favorite local haunts.
The Foreign Edition: The Careerist News, Gear and Get-Ahead Tips: The Cool Girls’ Employee Handbook: Marie Claire, Oct 2009
Despite the global recession, it’s still a great time for gals to make the leap overseas, says Richard Balderrama, author of The Expat Checklist. Here, his six questions to ask before you start packing… Toma Haines, an Oklahoma native says…
When she moved to Paris from the United States so her husband could pursue a job opportunity, Oklahoma-born Toma Haines knew she’d be labeled a “trailing spouse”. But within a few months of moving to Paris, “trailing spouse” was replaced with a new label, inspired by Haines’ blog The Antiques Diva®. A year later the blog, which focuses on where to go antique shopping in Europe, had over 50,000 subscribers….
“When I was a child my mother spanked me for wanting to go to Venice. I was 6 and had read about the pallazos, bridges that sigh and streets made of water. Pepe Le Pew further played a role in reinforcement as did my parents subscription to National Geographic. I remember sitting on the floor behind dad’s recliner surrounded by scads of golden-framed issues, sneaking the heavy World Book Encyclopedia off the shelf above my head and the book falling open to a well-marked page – an image of the Grand Canal sweeping me along in a river of dreams. Slowly I sounded out each word of the caption, tasting each letter as I do today when studying Italian – “Mi dispiace, non parlo l’italiano molto bene” … words rolling around my mouth as if I were in Piedmont tasting Barolo. Venice tasted good and mom wouldn’t let me go…”
Brussels Flea Market – CNN iReport, Video – appeared on CNN.com homepage
The Antiques Diva® has decided to hit the streets again, diva style, in this special Diva News Network episode on Brussels Place du Grand Sablon. This posh square boasts an upscale weekend antiques market every Saturday 9 am – 5pm and Sunday 9am – 1pm. Lining the square you’ll find lively cafes, chic designer shopping, interior stores and enough high-end antique boutiques to see why the Place du Grand Sablon is considered “THE” place to be for weekend Belgium entertainment…
Expat women entrepreneurs are an inspiration to us all. These are women just like you and me who have decided to take advantage of the opportunities they have abroad, think creatively and start new, portable, careers-in-their-suitcase. Read on, as these inspirational expat women share their real-life experiences, tips and advice for starting a business abroad…
Today’s guest post features some European highlights from my friend Toma Haines. Toma is one fabulous lady who is guaranteed to make you laugh and give you some great tips! I’d dare say there are more shopping suggestions below than any other blog post on the planet! She offers really unique tours…
Combine a love of travel, antiques and shopping together and you’ve got a great business. That’s what Toma Clark Haines has managed to do, and she has some great advice for anyone who wants to transform their passions into profits.We are pleased to have Toma Clark Haines join us for one of our entrepreneur interviews. She’s a talented entrepreneur who has made a name for herself in the fast-growth shopping tourism industry…
Closing Thoughts section, “5 Tips for Expat Women”: … Toma Haines of The Antiques Diva® agrees. Toma is an American who has lived abroad in France, The Netherlands and now Germany. Rather than looking at the loss of her traditional career as a sacrifice to her husband’s career, she looked at her time abroad as the perfect opportunity to pursue her ideas and passions even if it took her a while to decipher what these really were. To illustrate, before starting The Antiques Diva®, Toma thought about teaching gourmet cooking lessons, becoming a certified picture framer and teaching English as a second language. But when she realised that her recipes never came out the same more than once, she hated measuring things (a disaster for a professional picture framer) and that she would pick up the grammatical habits of foreigners rather than correct them, Toma created her exclusive, antique shopping tour business that now runs in four countries.
Rich people have some of the best personal networks on earth. With money comes access and contacts. Yet that hasn’t stopped a myriad of companies from trying to sell the rich even more social networks online….
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The Antiques Diva explains how Europe became her playground and her house became ‘just her!’ She shares her knowledge of antiques shopping in France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain, Germany, and Switzerland!
Antiques: The Treasures of La Republique! (France) If France is the sun, then antique shoppers are the world. The Antiques Diva takes you on a tour of French flea-markets and antiques’ galleries
Antiques: A Quaint Package Called Little Belgie (Belgium) French antiques, Dutch paintings and Belgian prices influence The Antiques Diva’s claim that Belgium is the best place to go antique shopping in Europe.
Ripe Times for Antiques Bargain Hunters (The Netherlands) In the past few decades, antiques have fallen out of favor with the fashion-forward Lowlanders, but one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, writes The Antiques Diva.
Developing An Eye For Spanish Antiques (Spain) In Spain, it is impossible to visit a “rastro” flea market without stumbling over a pile of old plates, pitchers or vases. But beware reproductions galore, cautions The Antiques Diva, who gives some advice on how to develop an eye for the real McCoy.
Antiks, Anyone? (Germany) Persuing antiques in Germany is like being a kid in a candy store: the sheer assortment of antiques, vintage and second-hand home decor on offer is overwhelming, writes The Antiques Diva.
Take Me To The Fair (Switzerland) Forget the high brow and high flouting, simply throw me to the fleas. Swiss brocantes are among the best in Europe, writes The Antiques Diva.