It was a pleasure having Toma Clark Haines speak and guide market attendees on a vintage tour during the Total Home & Gift Market at Dallas Market Center. Her enthusiasm, spirit, warmth and knowledge are truly an inspiration not only to Market goers, but to everyone she meets. Toma is a leader to look to for guidance, an entrepreneur to aspire to be and a woman that shows us that with hard work, your passion can be your profession.
Vice President of Marketing, Home & Design
Dallas Market Center
Working with Toma Clark Haines – aka The Antiques Diva – has been an absolute joy! Her energy and enthusiasm are unparalleled, and her expertise of the Antiques industry is truly awe-inspiring. We were so lucky to have Toma lend her expertise for the launch of our new ANTIQUES collection at AmericasMart as a spokesperson during Atlanta market. Her daily tours and presence on the educational panel were a huge success, and we hope she will be able to work with us again in the future for all of our major Markets. She went above and beyond what was asked of her and surpassed all of our expectations. Toma has a way of making everyone she comes into contact with feel special and appreciated, which is SO important to the overall Market experience, and that’s one of the reasons why her company has been so successful growing from a one-person firm to become Europe’s largest antiques touring company. She makes antiques accessible whether leading a promotional group tour stateside or taking clients on her one on one customized antique buying tours.
Senior Manager of Gift, Home and Rug Marketing
We have returned home today, and wanted to thank you for our wonderful antique tour in Venice with Chiara and Orseola. Our teenage boys said it was their favorite tour of all! Thanks again for making our Venice trip a once in a lifetime experience.
Wheelock Design Associates
Wine and Design 2016: I just wanted to say “thank you!” to you, Jeremy, Toma and team for putting together a truly magical and unforgettable trip. There were so many amazing experiences throughout the week it is hard to say what I loved most (the wine is definitely high on the list)…I would go again in a minute.. A huge highlight of the trip was meeting the remarkable people who made up “our group”. I hope to see you all again next year if not before.
All the Best!
Toma Clark Haines is truly a force, and the exuberance she applies to her passion for antiques shopping is also evident in the relationships she’s cultivated with everyone from market dealers to the dedicated members of her multi-country team, not to mention the design community at large. Shopping (and navigating) the designer-frequented Paul Bert Serpette at the Paris Flea Market with Toma and her French guides was both enlightening and fruitful, making the not-for-the-weary process of negotiating, purchasing and shipping newfound treasures a total breeze.
Editor in Chief, Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles magazine
“The presentation given by Toma Clark Haines (aka The Antiques Diva) was a model of professionalism and preparation targeted appropriately for the audience. As a moderator for the event attendees told me time and time again how much they got out of what she had to say.”
NEW ENGLAND HOME
“When we invited Toma as a featured speaker at the 2014 Design Bloggers Conference, we only knew half her story. We were aware of her penchant for antiques, travel, and social media, but had little idea about her powerfully energetic style that automatically captivates audiences. Her command and knowledge of design and antiques combined with an acute knack for human connection makes you just want to be around her all the time.”
Design Bloggers Conference
Toma Clark Haines IS the Art of Fine Living.
Don’t miss The Dynamic Antiques Diva, you’ll have an amazing time!
My entire experience in Belgium with The Antiques Diva & Co was so unforgettable that I don’t even know where to begin…. This was more than just a shopping trip but truly an adventure into the Belgium antiques world. I own a small antiques shop in Summit NJ. When Toma Clark Haines – owner of AD&CO – said she would be taking me to dealer’s homes and warehouses I have to admit I was afraid the dealers would not want to be bothered with a small operation such as mine. I could not have been more wrong. The Antiques Diva & Co is so respected that any client of theirs is given preferential treatment. I was welcomed everywhere AD&CO took me and all of the dealers treated me with kindness. Toma has made connections in the antique world that one could only imagine to hope having – we even visited a private castle and had wine and great conversation with the owner/dealer and his son after buying antiques from the castle. Not only does Toma know Belgium’s antique world she knows the countryside as well and personally drove me all over Belgium. Even more – Toma did her homework too. She had me – and my interior design style – pegged from the few photos I sent her, showing my aesthetic. Everywhere she took me I basically had to gasp for air because I could have bought everything in each and every store.
Thank you Antiques Diva for an experience I will never forget! I can’t wait to do it again.
The Muddy Boot, Antiques & Objects
As a young designer, my practice is based on composing pedigreed interiors. Living in New York City, I have access to quality antiques, but every other New York designer has seen the inventory. Instinctually, I knew shopping abroad would provide the differentiation from other designers I was looking for. I consulted books and could not find an insider’s perspective as to how to shop for antiques in Europe and manage the logistics.
The Antiques Diva & Co changed my practice in 2011 after a chance introduction on Twitter. With The Antiques Diva & Co, I now source antiques exclusively in Europe. The Divas pre-shop ahead of my trip, making sure time is best utilized. If I can’t make a trip, the Divas are able to source and provide buying services for acquisition. My clients benefit from her insight and team by having unique antiques in their homes. My benefit is having a colleague who guides me through the logistics and continually introduces me to exciting and new antiques that inspire my work.
Interior Designer NYC
Shop as the dealers do and let self styled Antiques Diva Toma Clark Haines be your guide. Toma, who hails from Oklahoma, has built a highly successful business on her unique blend of insider knowledge and formidable energy. If you can keep up with her she’ll introduce you to dealers you otherwise wouldn’t get to meet, take you to antiques warehouses you’d never find on your own, and help secure bargains, that without her, might have slipped through your fingers. She’ll save you time and money. She’s a terrifically energizing person to shop with too.
Anna Lambert, Period Homes and Interiors
Originally from Scotland, I’ve worked as an antiques dealer there and in New York for 20 years. I never thought I would need the help of an antiques tour guide sourcing for the trade. I’ve been around the world and around the block resourcing fine, unusual objects for collectors, decorators and museums. Then, when I decided to expand my business with new sources, I signed up with The Antiques Diva on one of her Berlin tours. It was a wise decision which still stands me in good stead today with continued relationships and contacts generated on that trip. In addition, there is the lovely and lasting memory of the successful buying trip with The Antiques Diva! It is rare to find someone who consistently shows insight and excellence in a business setting and even more unusual when these same qualities are combined with fun and originality. Toma Clark Haines, The Antiques Diva, is that person. I whole-heartedly recommend any-one thinking of taking one of her antiques buying tours with she or her guides to jump at the opportunity.
1225 Park Avenue
New York NY 10128
“The Currey & Co design team spent a full day with Toma & Danielle at Le Puce de Paris. Having been to the market more than 20 times on our own, they took us to the back side of the flea market where we’d never been before – and it was all NEW to us. We found lots of inspirations and a few concrete ideas on new furniture designs. The best part of the day (other than a superb lunch) was a tour of vintage clothing & fabric shops. We could have spent all day there! Toma and Danielle seemed to know just about every vendor at the flea market and were full of historical information on how Le Puce came to be. All in all, it was a thoroughly entertaining day—oh, and did I mention champagne! Bubbly always makes an excursion more fun.”
Currey & Company
Toma Clark Haines, CEO of The Antiques Diva & Co, and her team of locally based Diva Guides are the ONLYpeople I recommend to anyone antique shopping in Europe. They know everyone, know where to find the best antiques for the best pricing and, most importantly, they KNOW antiques. They can recognize a fabulous find in a crowded room and then tell you what it was used for, the period in which is was made and where you can use it in your home today. Shopping with The Antiques Diva & Co will be the best time you will have ever had learning about design and history. Sophisticated, witty and so easy to be with, The Antiques Diva & Co is altogether a delight! I high recommend putting ‘shopping with The Antiques Diva & Co’ on the top of your bucket list!
Cynthia Bogart – The Daily Basics
Whether you are an experienced traveler or designer with years of shopping trade shows under your belt, having the “Diva Team” help guide your experience is simply “good for business!” Time saved, hidden sources found, and all the headaches of shipping and handling made easy.. Why wait? Book a tour today!
The Antiques Diva & Co gave my clients an exclusive experience they could not have managed on their own or with a regular tour guide. They were able to negotiate with dealers like pros, due to the assistance of their “Diva” both in Paris and Provence. Additionally, they were able to arrange payments for purchase and organize all the international shipping! My clients were thrilled with their Antiques Diva experience! CEO Toma Clark Haines and her entire staff were so easy and pleasant to deal with: before, during and after their trip! I recommend them highly to my fellow travel agent colleagues and to my travelers!
Judy LaMance, CTA
Travel Advisor, go there. sea that.
Thank you for all of your help and for the experience and knowledge of your team. We had a great time and met some amazing people in each of you. The cognac experience was fantastic and one of those “once in a lifetime” events that only happen when you have completely flexible plans and are willing to take a chance.
Nashville, TN USA
Thank you for introducing us to your Paris Diva Guide Danielle. Not only was she extremely helpful in narrowing down the stores that had the best quality mid century pieces of furniture, hence saving us a lot of time, but also her skills at negotiating the best prices and arranging shipment for us were outstanding. The whole experience was seamless and enjoyable and we would recommend her and hence your company to anyone. We are really looking forward to receiving our purchases soon.
Thank you so so much for arranging our tour with Paris Diva Guide Danielle. She has been such good company, a great adviser and marvellous help. We thought we only wanted one or two pieces but then the Marché had us ensnared. I could readily become an addict were I living in Paris. Thank you for everything – especially for choosing your staff of local guides so cannily! Wasn’t I lucky to stumble across you in cyberspace? We booked a one day tour and ended up touring for 3 days – and could have continued had we not been time constrained. Danielle knew so many of the dealers at the flea market and her knowledge, established relationships and charm undoubtedly helped us find quality pieces and purchase them for very reasonable prices. We have an old Victorian terrace which we are renovating and now can look forward to having some beautiful pieces in our home that we simply could not have found without your help. Merci beaucoup!
Belinda and Alan – Melbourne, Australia
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
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
As we prepare to leave Provence we wanted to thank you and Caren for our delightful two days shopping in the South. We gained such an education as to the various markets and Caren could not have been kinder in shepherding us all over the South of France!
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
I am starting to put my treasures from my Diva shopping out into the garden. The chimney pot looks amazing in the center of my garden and I’m sure my sweet peas in a couple of months will love the tree guards as trellis. I just put the soil in my pair of iron pots out on my balconies, waiting to plant the herbs when the weather warms. My rose tree has spent the winter in the garage in the dolly tub. France & England shopping with the Divas was so fun.
C.O. – New York
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
In planning your life strategies, it is always helpful to have BFF’s who live all over the world. Enter The Antiques Diva® & Co whose online shops feels as if she has shopped with your taste and shopping passions in mind! A few of my recent diva-fabulous purchases? Antique German linens with my initials (purchased through their personal shopping service), a unique French flower frog for my daughter and the perfect Father’s Day gift for my darling husband… a vintage French pen rest for his fountain pen collection. Whatever you choose when shopping with The Antiques Diva® & Co, it’s sure to please!Catherine – NYC
Many of your treasures have now become mine! As you know, when it comes to serving food, a lot of the detail is in the presentation. Last week, I was thrilled to use the vintage silver cocktail picks for an elegantly layered appetizer. For the next course I served a steamy “Scarlet Soup” in the big Delft tureen. It added a sense of flair to the table, especially with the long-handled soup spoon you suggested with my order. I think your exquisite pieces made the food taste even better. I am looking forward to an upcoming event to use the Absinthe spoons. I’ll be using them with a dessert flight paired with wines. Any chance you’ll be finding more of the Absinthe spoons? Another set would be super. Your Diva style makes me entertain “out of the box”.Jill – Berlin
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
Toma was invited to speak at the 2017 LAPADA Conference at the House of Lords to share with our members her unique insight into the dynamics of the client/dealer relationship. Her enthusiasm is infectious and she presented a carefully tailored talk designed to motivate and inspire. I would highly recommend Toma as an expert in the wonderful world of international antiques.
Rebecca Davies, Chief Executive
LAPADA, The Association of Art & Antiques Dealers
It’s something I remember and I just never mentioned it before.
You have a great service, reasonably priced, knowledgeable staff.
As someone who is slowly building my own service it really helps to connect with people who make you look good.
Thank you for the trip of a lifetime. It was a two week mega tour and you, Gail, and your team delivered more than I even knew existed. The amount of planning and coordination that this trip took was monumental, and I cannot thank you all enough.
Your dedication to the antiques trade and to helping other women in business is unparalleled. I am so grateful for the opportunity to work with you and get to know you better. Gail and you have inspired me and supported me in so many ways. I could never possibly repay either of you for everything, but please know how deeply I appreciate your help.
I said it while on the trip but want to say it again, nobody can do what you do! The people you have access to, the quality of the products, and the relationships you build make your business entirely unique. You are definitely a relationship builder! I look forward to many more trips with you.
All my best,
It’s day five of my trip to the UK and I’m exhausted after three Diva days with Gail Mcleod. I want to share a few thoughts for anyone thinking of doing a Diva tour in the future. I am opening a new luxury British home goods store in the states and have been planning a shopping trip for antiques to furnish the store for some time but I convinced myself that I didn’t have time before opening. In comes Toma who assures me that the time is tight but if I hurry… whirlwind bookings occur and within a couple of weeks I find myself n the front seat (on the wrong side mind you) of a divas car. We started in Bath and ended in Marlow. In between I can tell you I crawled around barns and warehouses and manors seeking the right mix for my new store. That was the easy part….ok well finding them and getting in wasn’t unless you have a diva holding your hand, but pointing and spending was easier than I thought! And if I pointed wrong Gail would take me aside and say… we can do better. But as we moved forward Gail always had my budget in mind. She showed me options for the future but kept my current needs at the forefront. (We came in at the end within a few hundred pounds of budget). The real value though was the diva expertise! I came in with a budget and a plan and after day one found myself redefining what that plan was with the expert assistance of my diva. Why should I buy reproduction wine jugs when my diva could find me thirty or forty at half the price of the fakes which I can mark up at four times the price of said fakes? Why buy Chinese copies of creamware when I can line the shelves with the real thing? I left night one and headed to the room to redo my entire inventory order. I’m so thrilled I did! As we dashed through the countryside Gail filled my head with knowledge she’s gained from association with numerous people in the trade. She opened my mind to new revenue streams I hadn’t even considered. She showed me possibilities and as we shopped we also visited with people who are the shapers of my industry. Honesty i would happily toss down a billion dollars for that type of insight (Toma don’t send me a billion dollar bill). Along the way I had tea with danged near everyone in Britain. Played trivia in a pub. Walked streets older than my children think I am and even encountered a ghost. (I’m hoping it was jet lag). I can’t recommend the Divas more. They now are collecting my purchases which were expertly organized by Gail and will package them and ship them to my door. No worries, no hassle. I kept saying that this shop will be different from my next because I am opening a new business. Likely it will be. But one consistent thing that will be on my future shops is my new partners….the Antique Divas!!!! A girl (or guy) couldn’t ask for a better partner! Thank you Gail and Toma!
Want to thank you for a great shopping experience at the Puces Market a couple of weeks ago. Danielle was my guide and she was a pleasure to work with. She knew her way around the market and was familiar with dealers, merchants, and shippers. She was invaluable in negotiating purchases and arranging their shipments. If anyone visiting Paris and serious about buying at Puces, your service is the way to go. Thanks again.
Our day at the Puces!
Bella and I thoroughly enjoyed our day with Danielle and we could not have asked for a more superb guide. Elle est magnifique. Her knowledge of the market must be second to none, and she clearly has wonderful relationships with everyone she meets. It is obvious that all the stall holders regard her highly.
We are very happy with all our purchases and we learned so much from her that we are also happy with the ones we made today without having her to hold our hands. She has a warm engaging manner and was totally sensitive to our wants and needs in terms of what we wanted to accomplish. We could not recommend her more highly to other clients. By the end of the day we felt we had made a very special new friend!
PS The story of how she came to Antique Divas was indeed a good one!
Wine and Design 2016: There is only one thing that I would change about my Antiques Diva Wine & Design Trip… .and that would have been the date on my plane ticket…to a week (or a month) later. I wasn’t ready for it to end! Thank you to Adam, Toma & Jeremy who created the most memorable experience with so much heart & thoughtfulness in every delicious detail. It wasn’t just a trip, but a life-changing journey that I was honored to be a part of along with 30 truly amazing people.
Vicki Gladle Bolick
Ace of Space
Wine and Design 2016: This trip was a dream come true for us in every way enhanced by the beautiful friendships we found in each of our guides – the generosity of Adam, the heart of Jeremy, and the joie de vivre of Toma.
Ruthann and Eric Ross
Wine and Design 2016: As a long time lover of wine, I think I have come away from this Antiques Diva Wine & Design trip with very different eyes. Being a farm boy from Oklahoma I have certainly always had the farm to table experience and understood it’s virtues but something very significant altered in me being in the valleys of the Valpolicella and sipping the wine from it’s soil. I have been transformed. And the only thing that makes transformation more powerful is to experience it with others. I am honored to have shared such a magical experience with so many wonderful people. Until we can raise our glasses again….
“Accept what life offers you and try to drink from every cup. All wines should be tasted; some should only be sipped, but with others, drink the whole bottle.” ― Paulo Coelho, Brida
Andrew Joseph PR
“Toma Clark Haines is a fabulous and incredibly engaging speaker extremely generous in sharing knowledge. The audience walked away from her Antiques Diva® Style Guide and accompanying Champagne Tour with invaluable information and a renewed passion for world of antiques. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a fun, informative and engaging speaker. From the planning stages through her speaking engagement during the Spring Lecture Series at the Antiques and Design Center of High Point she was a joy to work with. We’ll be having her return to speak in the future!”
Antiques & Design Center of High Point
The Antiques Diva is the Julia Child of Antiques
Jenny Carlys Melendez
Toma the Antique Diva.
Nobody does it better.
Makes me feel sad for the rest.
One of a kind.
A gift to the art of discovery.
Boundless energy, knowledge and integrity.
Give her a whirl.
Rocky LaFleurHospitality | Residential Outside Sales Representative
“An unpredictable surprise! The Antiques Diva & Co is a top notch guide company – their unpretentious and knowledgeable leadership make buying abroad successful, fun, and most importantly, EASY! On my list of things that I could not live without while shopping in Italy, AD & Co ranks at the top of my must have list.”
Working with The Antiques Diva® & Co has been changing for my career – They’ve taught me how to use antiques, how to source them, how to find them and who to talk to. How to connect with experts in the industry. Through that I’ve been able to grow my company and bring a better product to my clients. I’m able to do my job better because of The Antiques Diva.
Interior Designer NYC
Mr. Call Designs
This is the best time in my adult life or at least since the year 2000 for an American using dollars to buy an apartment in Paris or a house in France due to the significantly reduced euro to dollar exchange. Plus you’ve got historically low mortgage rates and low housing prices. If you can’t swing buying a place, you should absolutely buy all of your antiques and collectibles this year and early next in France or anywhere in Europe – they are all on sale – reduced by 25% due to the euros slide. We are all going to be kicking ourselves if we don’t take advantage of this moment in time, which will not last. If you know what’s good for you, make it easy and work with the pro’s at The Antiques Diva & Co.
For me, my work emanates from a place of trust, creativity, and deeply valued long-lasting relationships, all values I found I shared with the team from The Antiques Diva and Co. From the negotiating they did on my behalf to the researched customized shopping experiencing they create, I could not dream of having a more enjoyable experience.
Creative Director, Woven Accents
Working with The Antiques Diva & Co was without a doubt one of the greatest experiences in my design career. Founder and CEO Toma Clark Haines and her guides are unbelievably knowledgeable and the value of being in such a charismatic entourage of antique enthusiast was invaluable to me sourcing antiques abroad for my clients. I had the pleasure of working with Antiques Diva Italian Guide Susan and I could not have asked for a better guide. It was comforting to know I was working with someone who knew the lay of the land, and Susan was an expert antiques, the market itself, the international purchasing process, and shipping. More than just a resource, Susan was enjoyable company. Above and beyond is an understatement in the level of service, experience, and expertise offered by the Antiques Diva & Co. The items I was able to source for myself and my clients have so much more meaning and story with the hands-on experience coordinated by The Antiques Diva & Co in obtaining them. In addition to this being the ultimate and unparalleled way to source antiques, I left the trip feeling refreshed and inspired and most importantly that I had made new friends and gained trusted colleagues that I will utilize for the rest of my career.
Interior Designer NYC
Caleb Anderson Designs
“Knowledge is power – The Antique’s Diva & Co has developed a powerful network of knowledgeable guides and antiques’ experts over the years creating valuable buying tours and services for designers, antiques dealers and enthusiasts. Identifying the best sources takes time and a lot of ‘hands on’ experience. Over the years of knowing founder Toma Clark Haines – I watched her and her team build trusted relationships with clients and vendors, identifying the best antique sources in Europe and sharing them with her clients. The company’s success and growth speaks for itself.”
founder, Modenus – The Design Source
There are just no words to describe how awesome The Antiques Diva & Co is! You made the entire process of buying antiques abroad easy from day 1 with: your info-packed email answering our questions before our tour about buying abroad, to taking us on a choreographed tour, to the final process liaising us with our international shipper. Our entire antiques buying tour has been seamless and perfect and I really can not thank you enough. You are a gem! I can’t wait to do this again and wouldn’t consider buying antiques abroad without you by my side.
ashley gilbreath interior design & parish
Paris and Provence Diva Guide Katie was phenomenal. She was so knowledgeable, informative, eager to please, and not to mention a great driver! We scoured Provence for just the right things.. She has the patience of a saint! I could have stayed another week and not missed a beat!
As this was our team’s first trip to Mercantein Fiera in Parma, Italy, we were naturally apprehensive due to our limited knowledge of the Italian culture and language. The first night we arrived The Antique Diva & Co (Toma Clark Haines and Susan Pennington) put our minds to ease. Their knowledge of the fair, the culture and general operations of the event were invaluable. They prepared us for what to expect and helped us navigate the labyrinth of aisles when we arrived at the show. Their guidance completely changed this experience for us….from one of intimidation to delight!
U.S. Antique Shows
You are not in the antiques business or the tour business – you are in the life-dreams completion business.
Colleen – USA
I really enjoyed touring with you and your wonderful team of Divas! You are true professionals, personable, friendly, and great gals. I loved seeing the country from a different perspective. You are inspiration for me as a business lady.
Owner/Designer, Welcome To My Garden
located in Essex County, New Jersey.
Just wanted to say thank you for a fantastic experience with you and your Diva ladies, it was an experience I could never have even imagined could be. All the places visited left me astounded and wishing I could take it all back with me! I definitely hope to be intouch once I have my side of things all setup. Will always be speaking highly of the Antique Diva crew Caren, Gail and yourself. Thanks again for such an amazing antiquing experience.
Our Antiques Diva tour was really wonderful – Guide Danielle was a pleasure to spend time with. When she knew what we wanted she directed us to all the right shops and vendors. We did buy well and it was nice to have a strong dollar once again! I have done many tours around the world and yet never anything like this one! The good news is that was so much fun…. the not so good news is that I already want to do it again!! I will be looking for other areas that you offer your service in my future travels and can’t wait to shop with your company again.
Along with being an author and a journalist, I manage online platforms for global companies in design-related arenas so when it came time for me to select a set of tastemakers for one client’s new web site, the first person I reached out to was Toma Clark Haines because of her savvy outlook, global following and high-quality objectives for herself and her brand, The Antiques Diva & Co. I’m over the moon that she agreed to participate, and this made me realize the most fabulous thing about Toma is that though she is way too young to have cut a legendary swath in her field, she embodies the essence of success so well it is a thing of beauty to watch. You might say I have a touch of #DivaEnvy!
I am an antique dealer and auctioneer that has spent decades driving the roads of New England and eastern Canada, knocking on doors, attending shows and auctions, and making estate calls in order to find inventory to support my business. The time needed to establish and maintain good contacts is significant. Imagine my surprise when I found out about The Antiques Diva & Co. Knowing that antique buying trips to Europe can be pre-arranged with guides that understand my taste and style, that can take me to the best suppliers, translate, and suggest good shipping solutions is an invaluable service. The Antiques Diva & Co offers a concierge level of service, whether the client is buying for their own needs or inventory to support their business.
John D H Bottero CAI, AARE, GPPA
V.P. Thomaston Place Auction Galleries
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
As we gather our things together to return for one last night in Paris before heading home we find ourselves reflecting on our absolutely wonderful day in the Paris market with Danielle. She was amazing and far exceeded any expectations we may have had. Not only was she knowledgeable about antiques and what we were looking for, she also knew what was a good price and negotiated heavily for us. Her guidance to us as first time buyers in France was immeasurable and we just can’t thank her and you enough for such a wonderful experience.
My mother and I had an absolutely fabulous time with Gail. I could easily see why you named her the most knowledgeable woman in Antiques in England. Gail took us to some truly fantastic shops and we were able to purchase even more than we thought we would. This has been above and beyond our expectations and we’re so happy we did this! I hope to be back again soon.
All the best,
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
Just opened my box from The Antiques Diva® & Co and am thrilled with the Vintage Delft Vase & Ginger Jar! It was packaged so well & arrived so quickly to surprise me. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to shop with you and your wonderful selections. My new pieces are truly a treasure to me and they make me feel good looking at them. They have already found a place in my home.Sarah – Wisconsin
Our wonderful experience with The Antiques Diva & Co rated tops in our Paris memories!Nancy – USA
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
Thank you for liaising me with a shipper – they did a great job of the packaging and shipping. The items look great and are slowly being put in place in my home. I am still waiting on the electrician to hang the chandelier. I will send you photos of them once I have all in place.Thanks again for your assistance. I could not have achieved the same outcome without you.C – Australia
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
Picked up July/Aug issue Victoria –saw you on page 10! For the love of vintage!! You are quite remarkable! Bravo for all your successes! And thanks for your wonderful treasures in your online store. You are my contact to Europe, since I can be there only once or twice a year.Kathy – Atlanta