How to Shop Antiques at High Point Market
Friday, April 13, 2:00pm
The Point (on Commerce Ave next to the Transportation Terminal)
Moderators – Toma Clark Haines, The Antiques Diva and Chad James, Chad James Group
With tens of thousands of antiques to peruse each High Point Market, how do you even know where to start your hunt for the perfect piece? Join the Antiques Diva, Toma Clark Haines, and interior designer Chad James in a roundtable discussion as they share their vast knowledge of antiques and shopping at High Point Market – and answer your questions along the way!
Ciao, Bella! Today Antiques Diva Guide Désirée is taking us antiques shopping in Rome! Whether you’re shopping for vintage fashion, antiques or seeking design inspiration, Italian design is guaranteed to deliver! From dodging Vespa’s in the hustle and bustle of Roman and Renaissance cities to cruising the softly undulating hills of the Tuscan countryside, Italy is brimming treasures just waiting to be uncovered. This is the perfect country to plan a multi-day, bespoke Italy antique tour, going from Rome to Milan to Florence to Venice to Siena or a hilltop village in between; finding the best prices on mid-century pieces, contemporary ceramics and glass and a gorgeous selection of rustic farmhouse and more traditional antiques. Our Italy Antiques Diva Guide will take the guesswork out of where to go, creating well-researched itineraries for you, as she picks you up from your hotel and escorts you through this enchanting nation, translating and negotiating on your behalf the entire time. Because our guides are locals, they have relationships with vendors and know exactly where to take you based on your style and budget, maximizing your time and money while on tour. Today, Rome Antiques Diva Guide Désirée is taking us behind-the-scenes on a recent tour.
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Early in February, I spoke at New York City’s D&D Building and I was asked by a room full of interior design professionals, “Where is the trend heading for European now?” My response: If you’re only going to shop one place, for one-stop shopping the best place to buy antiques is England! In January I was in London twice – first for the London Art, Antiques and Interiors Fair, and then again later in the month for meetings to plan upcoming special events.
England has become a far more affordable travel destination for Americans in recent years due to some negative news: Brexit led to an economic downturn. Here’s another tip: According to USAToday, ‘Airbnb is thriving in London with an average rental rate of $115 per night, and sister-site TripAdvisor Vacation Rentals are in no short supply.’
One of the best examples of “one-stop shopping in England” is the 29th Bath Decorative Antiques Fair in March.
Today is the Best Time to Buy Antiques in the UK
Brexit has had an impact on buying antiques in the UK. In short, England has gone on sale for American buyers! Now is the best time to buy antiques in England.
If you’re only going to shop one place, I would say shop in England. England is one-stop shopping. The best of France is already there. For hundreds of years, the Brits have been scouring the world collecting antiques.
Gail McLeod is our English Antiques Diva Buying Agent and she might just be the most connected woman in the world of antiques. She also is owner of Google’s top-ranked antiques fair website Antiques News & Fairs and is Editor in Chief of the Antiques are Green website and vice chair of the new Antiques are Green Trade Association. She is co-founder of Antiques Young Guns. Her career in the antiques trade began as manager of Pennard House Antiques in Bath – the UK’s largest export trade collective for decorative antiques in the fabled days of frantic business.
Here in England we are blessed with a complete melting pot of inventory which has arrived on our shores from the Colonies and there has never been an occasion when I have been stumped by a request from a Diva client! Spanish Colonial period pieces for a Hollywood mansion? Step this way! A collection of gravestones and a church spire for a luxury theme park? No problem!
The Bath Decorative Antiques Fair is still the leading regional event to beat, where rustic to refined ultra-relevant stylish English Country House style, Mid Century design, industrial chic, Swedish period painted furniture, period portraits and perennially fashionable crusty iron garden furniture will rub shoulders with decorative staples of the 80s and 90s.
Now back in demand by a new and younger audience – French marble top chocolatiers’ tables, elaborate brass and steel bakers’ racks, buffets and armoires in fruitwood, huge pine refectory tables and Windsor chairs, rows of yellow confit pots, pub signs, marine and advertising ephemera, homely Staffordshire dogs, samplers and quilts and yes, large-scale oak, mahogany and walnut brown furniture re-imagined by a new generation of decorators and collectors.
The event has remained at the same wonky Bath Pavilion since the launch back in 1989 and quickly fills up with eager exhibitors each year, keen to secure a place at what is reliably expected to be a busy event teeming with buyers from the UK, EU and USA happy to queue up for hours in all weathers before the doors open at 12 midday.
The 29th Bath Decorative Antiques Fair
9-11 March 2018
TRADE ONLY 8 March
The Pavilion, North Parade Road, Bath, BA2 4EU
- Opening Times:
TRADE PREVIEW Thursday 8 March: 12noon – 5pm
Admission with Trade Invite or Trade Business Card. Otherwise £10.00.
PUBLIC: Friday 9 March 10am – 5pm
Saturday 10 March 10am – 5pm
Sunday 11 March 10am – 4pm
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Design Is Global
Mar 21 – Mar 22 | 9 AM – 6 PM
Global Heritage: Weaving Decorative History Into Modern-Day Masterpieces
Thursday, March 22 at 3pm
Moderated and sponsored by Traditional Home Krissa Rossbun, Senior Design Editor
Panelists: Lara Fishman Gary Gibson, Toma Clark Haines
Pacific Design Center’s annual Spring Market is the West Coast’s showcase for global design. Each March, WESTWEEK debuts an array of luxury furnishings and interior resources crafted by today’s foremost design innovators. The two-day event features keynote programs, product introductions and showroom happenings, complemented by presentations from the nation’s leading shelter publications, editors and tastemakers. WESTWEEK attracts 3,000+ trade professionals from across the West and around the globe.
One of the fastest growing cities in France is Montpellier, located in Languedoc-Roussillon. Many travelers are more familiar with wines from the region than the city itself. Montpellier is easy to access: the airport is only a few miles from the city center, and the city has great roads and a good train schedule. With great antiques, elegant architecture, a burgeoning cultural scene, excellent wines plus over 300 days of sunshine per year, Montpellier is a must-visit for serious antiques buyers. And who better to escort you to Montpellier than The Antiques Diva®?
The déballage in Montpellier is one of largest professional antique fairs in Europe
Cipolat SA, the Montpellier international professional antique fair, Journées Professionnelles, is the ultimate place to shop for decorative antiques with an incredibly diverse array of antiques, fine art, decorative arts, furniture and more. A trade only antique show, the fair attracts antique dealers, architects and international buyers from around the world who consider it one of the best hunting grounds for a wide variety of antiques and vintage pieces.
Déballages marchands antiquités wholesale antique shows require pre-planning: An educated buyer is a productive buyer. Learn more about déballages here, and how Antiques Diva Guides can help you obtain a trade card, pre-plan so that you visit the dealers most likely to have pieces that meet your buying list, translate and negotiate, and help you ship your purchases home either with The Antiques Diva shipping services or another 3rd party provider.
Hundreds of dealers from 18 different countries greet buyers when the antique fair doors open at 8am sharp. Buyers are required to show professional trade member documentation.
Montpellier 2018 Antique Fair Calendar:
- Tuesday 27th of March
- Tuesday 19th of June
- Tuesday 11th of September
- Tuesday 27th of November
South of France Antiques Diva Buying Tours
In addition to custom buying tours to wholesale antiques shows in the south of France, The Antiques Diva offers 12 unique antique buying tours to the South of France; each private, 1:1 tour is based on your specific buying needs, schedule and budget. In addition, we will design a custom tour to source exactly what you are shopping for to stock your store, design a client’s project or if you’re seeking design inspiration. Nearby cities for antique shopping include l’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, Aix en Provence, Marseille and Bordeaux, and of course Paris, Belgium and Italy are very close by!
DO YOU WANT TO SHOP FOR ANTIQUES IN FRANCE?
BOOK AN ANTIQUES BUYING TOUR OR DESIGN INSPIRATION TRIP
Santė and Bon Shopping,
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I recently completed an international move – via truck, water and gondola! – and understand how important it is to receive your items on time and in good condition, and to get timely updates on your shipment. Antiques Diva Shipping Services provides white glove art and antiques transport and shipping services to customers across Europe and around the globe, including antiques dealers, interior designers, builders and private clients.
International Shipping: How long does a sea shipment normally take?
The Antiques Diva® & Co has licensed with a premier international shipping company with 50 years expertise in shipping services: AD&CO Logistics is the Art and Antiques Division of ALC. Your shipping concierge will personally manage all facets of your shipment including collecting your goods from the dealers, tracking your inventory and payments, cross-referencing your tags, packing, complete all export/import paperwork and monitor your shipment’s progress from the time they receive your goods until they are delivered to you; and keep you advised of the status of your shipment.
The transit time of your container/goods will be communicated to you by your AD&CO Logistics Concierge. Times vary depending on port destination, weather, etc. One very important point to remember is that the actual time it takes to RECEIVE your items at your specific destination is, of course, longer than simply the amount of time it takes for your goods to cross the ocean. Between the time you actually purchase the items from the vendor s until they are with you at your destination, the following steps must occur:
- You must wire funds to AD&CO Logistics so they can pay the various vendors.
- They collect all your items and bring them back to our warehouse.
- They complete all the required paperwork (with customs, insurance broker, etc).
- They pack and crate your items, load them onto a container and take it to the port.
- Your container is “at sea” with a major shipping line for several weeks, depending on the final destination:
- To the east coast of the USA, the ship will be at sea between 2 to 3 weeks.
- To the Gulf of Mexico, the ship will be at sea approximately 3 weeks.
- To the west coast of the USA, the ship will be at sea approximately 5 weeks.
- All the above, of course, is subject to weather.
- Then your shipment has to clear US customs and be delivered by ground transport to your final location.
The international fine art and antiques shipping services provide the options of:
- full 20 or 40ft containers or partial containers (LCL: Less Container Loads)
- door-to-door shipping
- port-only shipping
- independent or shared location shipping
The Antiques Diva & Co offers very competitive international shipping rates and the shortest possible handling and shipping time to deliver your goods from the antiques dealer to your door.
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Do you have more questions about shipping antiques overseas?
See: Frequently Asked Questions About Shipping Containers of Antiques from Europe
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January 21, 2018, The Antiques Diva & Co celebrated our 10 year anniversary at our annual Paris Flea Market Champagne Brunch. Attended by hundreds of design professionals during Paris Design Week, we started the New Year with a fabulous 10th anniversary event organized by my publicist Andrew Joseph PR, the Paul Bert Serpette Marché and our dynamic team of Antiques Diva Guides who welcomed our guests and provided mini-tours of les Marchės Aux Puces after and during the fête. Professional photography by Joachim Frydman.
Here is a peek at the festivities – try and join us in person next year! We always hold our fête on the last Sunday of Déco Off, first Sunday of Maison & Objet at the Paris Flea Market!
The brunch was held at Antiquitiés Rodriguez Décoration, a stunning antiques store filled with of antique furniture, decorative objects, art, architectural salvage and curiosities at 15 rue Jules Vallès. One of the largest – if not the largest – shops, it was an ideal setting for a party with our VIP interior designer guests; Deborah Lalaudiere and her team welcomed us to their store and so we could browse and shop while we sipped cocktails and coffee. Visit their shop at the Paris Flea Market or on 1st Dibs – you won’t be disappointed!
Our 10th Anniversary Champagne Brunch was co-hosted by Traditional Home Magazine, and our panel discussion was led by Krissa Rossbund, Senior Style Editor at Traditional Home.
Un gros merci to our sponsor CITADELLE GIN for whipping up French 75s using our Antiques Diva champagne, Citadelle Gin and a splash of lemon and simple syrup! Alex Gabriel and Paris Antiques Diva Guide Debbie Gabriel (below) are the owners of Maison Ferrand, makers of Citadelle Gin. Watch me learning how to make a French 75 cocktail here with bartender Cedric.
Guests at the party were able to get a sneak peek of a few of my furniture designs for the upcoming Antiques Diva Collection by Aidan Gray.
As the fête was held during cocktail week in Paris, it was only appropriate that we had author Doni Belau of Girl’s Guide to Paris in the house signing her book Cocktails in Paris! Doni is also one of our US Antiques Diva Guides.
Keeping up the cocktail theme, we were delighted that root cellar designs was one of our 10th Anniversary Paris Flea Market Champagne Brunch sponsors, contributing cocktail napkins from their fabric collection to our Gift Bag. Merci, Tamara Matthews Stephenson!
More behind the scenes photos are in our photo album.
We’ll be celebrating The Antiques Diva’s 10th anniversary at events throughout the year – and setting the date for next year’s Paris Flea Market Champagne Brunch soon #WatchThisSpace!
Toma – The Antiques Diva
I’m heading to The Original Miami Beach Antique Show to film a special episode for United Airlines in-flight channel. I’ll be meeting up with Chattic at the Miami Beach Antique Show to show you how antiquing is done, #DivaStyle! I have a few free tickets to the show – message me in the Comments below if you’d like to attend – First Come, First Serve!
Alongside Nicole Sawyer of Chattic, I will do a virtual walking tour on Facebook Live of the Original Miami Beach Antique Show and get expert advice on your unique treasures.
Visit AskChattic and send us pictures of items you’d like to know more about and have a chance to have your questions answered LIVE!
Saturday, February 10
@AskChattic 12:00noon ET
LIVE at the Miami Beach Antique Show and LiveStreamed on Facebook
The Original Miami Beach Antique Show exhibits the finest antiques, art and jewelry collections in the resort city of Miami. The internationally renowned show is held at the Miami Fair Expo Center and features more than 600 established dealers from across the globe.
Best known as America’s largest indoor antique show, they offer a vast selection of exceptional antiques year after year. Items range from a variety of historical time periods including the Renaissance, Georgian, Art Nouveau, Edwardian, Art Deco, and more. On the show floor, attendees can explore a variety of antique treasures such as fine art, American and European silver, antique jewelry, fancy colored diamonds, clocks and timepieces, Asian antiquities, rugs, porcelain, objects of virtue, and much more.
- February 9 – 12, 2018
- Miami Fair Expo Center
10901 SW 24th St.
Miami, FL 33165
Chattic is the new way to value old stuff! Chattic is the world’s first antique and vintage social marketplace, building technology to help people understand and monetize their collectibles in a new way.
By crowdsourcing ideas in a digital community, Chattic users get answers on demand about what they have and what it’s worth.
See you in Miami!
Toma – The Antiques Diva
Join me on a walking tour of the Original Miami Beach Antique Show
and get expert advice on your unique treasures.
Visit AskChattic and send us pictures of items you’d like to know more about
and have a chance to have your questions answered LIVE!
Saturday, February 10 @AskChattic 12:00noon ET
LIVE at the Show and LiveStreamed on Facebook
Original Miami Beach Antique Show
February 9-12 @USAntiqueShow
The Original Miami Antique Show exhibits the finest antiques, art and jewelry collections in the resort city of Miami. The internationally renowned show is held at the Miami Fair Expo Center and features more than 600 established dealers from across the globe.
Chattic is the new way to sell old stuff! Chattic is the world’s first antique and vintage social marketplace, building technology to help people understand and monetize their collectibles in a new way. By crowdsourcing ideas in a digital community Chattic users get answers on demand about what they have and what it’s worth.
European Treasures, Discovered
Source Like The Experts with Toma Clark Haines,
The Antiques Diva
Join me for a discussion with well-traveled designers Garrow Kedigian and
Robert Passal, as they share their insider secrets for shopping
some of Europe’s finest antique markets with their clients,
from billing to sourcing, negotiating and more.
Tuesday, February 6 at 4pm
Decoration & Design Building
979 Third Avenue, Suite 620