The Antiques Diva® Launches US Antiques Buying Tours
For years I’ve said my mission at The Antiques Diva®️ & Co is to build an empire. And I’ve been doing it, one stiletto-clad step at a time. We launched 9 years ago in Paris as a one-woman parade. Flash forward to today and we are the world’s largest antiques touring company providing one-on-one customized antique buying tours working in 14 countries in both Europe and Asia with a team of 24 locally based guides.
Darlings, if you’re poking around our website you might have noticed something different. As Mies van der Rohe said, “God is in the details.” Our logo has been updated to include the latest step in this journey to providing the most comprehensive turnkey solution for Global Sourcing – Europe – Asia – and America.
Baby, I’m coming home! The Antiques Diva Does America.
Originally from Oklahoma, I’ve lived overseas 17 years. I’ve traveled in over 65 countries and an average month has me hopping multiple continents. As I travel I take in what’s unique in and about each country. But I experience these new lands through the eyes of me as an American. And in doing so, I’m also able to recognize what’s great about America. Just as I want to share with you my discoveries in far away places I want to help you find treasures right there in your own back yard. As we launch our social media campaign you’ll find these treasures hashtagged with #NoPassportRequired. While it’s always fun to travel abroad – sometimes you don’t have the time or money to go further afield – so we’re bringing you the best that you can find closer to home. Initially launching in the greater NYC area – over the next 6 months – we’re expanding sea to shining sea – New York, California, Florida, Texas, New Orleans, Atlanta and beyond….
And as always – I don’t do this alone. People often ask me… “How do you do it all? Have you cloned yourself?” In fact, I’ve found something better than clones. I’ve found Antiques Diva Guides. They are better than clones because they are experts in their own rights. With pedigrees ranging from working on the team of Martha Stewart to former HGTV stars to award-winning interior designers, antique dealers, authors and business women – my team of Diva Guides are your local expert.
LAUNCHING JULY 4: NY metro area private, custom antiques tours:
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Hamptons Antiques & Design Tour
Just outside of the Big Apple, the infamous “Hamptons” are towns that were settled as early as the 1600s, and dotting the eastern coast of Long Island while boasting a cornucopia of beautiful, Dutch-inspired architecture, farmland and gorgeous beaches. Today, the Hamptons remains a popular weekend retreat for the rich and famous chock-filled with art, design and cultural hot spots. This is not your average sleepy beach destination, instead the Hamptons offers daily gallery openings, museum visits, concerts, educational and industry leader speaking events, theater productions, art cooperatives and many antique shows and festivals, shops and estate sales. The Hamptons has been associated with the lifestyles of the wealthiest families in the United States, and the area draws cutting edge artists and designers from around the world… And thus local inventory to has to cater to their needs. This combination has encouraged the production of beautiful art and design. Sometimes the best-kept secrets are where you least expect them… There are many hidden sources in the Hamptons. The antique trade has cropped up throughout all the major towns with some of the finest small boutiques, barn sales and estate auctions available.
2-Day Antiques Diva Hampton Antiques, Design, History and Lifestyle Group Tour
Thursday, July 20: 11-5 pm; Followed by Dinner in Private Home of Style Maker Tamara Matthews Stephenson
Friday, July 21: 11 am-6 pm; Followed by VIP Champagne Gala at East Hampton Antique Show with Hamptons Cottage and Gardens Magazine
East Hampton, Southampton, Sag Harbor, Montauk, Bridgehampton
Join me – Toma Clark Haines, The Antiques Diva, and Style Maker Tamara Matthews Stephenson on this exclusive opportunity to tour the Hamptons… with Diva Style. This is perfect for the out of town designer, art aficionado or history and culture buff who yearns to inundate themselves with an insider’s view of the design, lifestyle and sources in the Hamptons. Coinciding with the Traditional Home Hampton Designer Showhouse and the East Hampton Mulford Farm Antique Show in July, your Antiques Diva locally based Tour Guide, interior designer Tamara Stephenson will take you behind the scenes to both these summer favorite events for private buying time at the antique show (on the oldest farms in the East Hampton, complete with an original 16th-century Dutch windmill), as well as sneak peeks of the country’s finest design talents as they create their spaces for the opening gala at the Showhouse. Over the two days you will visit Jackson Pollocks’ famous home where he created his drip paintings, renowned insider gardens and homes, local farmer’s markets, and some of the most important antique shops in the area, as well as other off the beaten path finds.
Interior designer Tamara Stephenson has lived in the Hamptons part-time with her family after building their beach cottage in East Hampton over twenty years ago, and she has designed many homes in the East End as well. Additionally, for five years she wrote the East End Nest column for local iconic magazine Dan’s Papers where she covered design in the Hamptons. Much of her content on her well-renowned blog, Nest by Tamara covers the design happenings in her summer column, Under The Pergola. Tamara will lead these tours armed with her plethora of eastern Long Island history and an array of great sources and connections in the industry, as well as with her talent as a working interior designer.
See you in the Hamptons!
Toma Clark Haines, The Antiques Diva®
St Augustine said,
The world is a book… and those who do not travel only read one page.
But travel doesn’t necessarily mean far away lands. Sometimes treasures are found in your own backyard. I travel the world seeking beautiful things for my job as CEO of The Antiques Diva® & Co. My mission at AD&CO is to provide Global Sourcing and Shipping… and I realized recently I was missing the trick by not helping clients source antiques closer to home. My team of Diva Guides are STYLE HUNTERS – we help clients find treasures wherever the treasures are… and the US is a treasure hunter’s paradise!
I am excited to announce that on July 4th weekend
we’re officially launching #AntiquesDivaUSA #NoPassportRequired Tours,
making the USA the 3rd continent in our roster of one-on-one custom antique buying tours
offered in 15 countries!
Antiques Diva US private and group antique tours will launch in the NYC metro area in July but will rapidly expand to California, Florida and Texas… and more #ComingSoon!
Shop Where US Interior Designers Shop
So many of our fabulous antique dealer clients are selling at shops in America… and many of our clients really want to travel to Europe or Asia to buy antiques, but simply don’t have the time to go abroad. The Antiques Diva & Co is launching America Antiques Tours: the best antiques sources (warehouses, private by appointment stores, antique shops and boulevards and antique fairs) in the United States – No Passport Required! The Antiques Diva & Co offers custom antiques buying tours for tourists and trade professionals. Whether you’re looking to buy one specific piece or fill an entire store, our personal shopping antique buying guides share their vast knowledge of secret sources to take you to all the right places.
LAUNCHING JULY 4:
NY metro area private, custom antiques tours:
- Where the New York Designers Buy Antiques Warehouse Tours
- Hamptons Whirlwind Antique Tour: 2-Day Tour with Interior Designer & Style Maker, Tamara Stephenson
April – October
- Brooklyn Hipster Antique Tour
- New Jersey Antique Secrets
- How to Handle the Auction Antiques Tour
- Mid-Century Madness NYC
Hudson NY Art and Antiques Tour2-Day Tour
- Newport Antiquing
2-Day Tour April – October
Now as a company we typically ONLY do one-on-one customized tours – but for America we’ve decided it would be fun to do some group antiques tours as well!
- Hamptons, New York
(COMING SOON!!!! July 21 and 22, 2017 during the Hamptons Showhouse and the East Hampton Antiques Show)
#WatchThisSpace for our next blog post telling ALL ABOUT THIS INCREDIBLE opportunity!
People often ask me… “How do you do it all? Have you cloned yourself? It seems you are everywhere at once!” The fact is it takes a village and I am incredibly fortunate to be surrounded by a team of Diva Guides. Diva Guides are better than clones – because they are experts in their own rights who bring their local expertise to the table leading our local tours!
I am thrilled to announce my team of NYC metro area US Antiques Diva Guides:
Doni Belau, founder of Girls’ Guide to Paris is a recognized and published French travel expert and author of the book Paris Cocktails. She began importing French antiques from her discoveries around her home in the Southwest of France and beyond. Doni specializes in French and other European antiques and vintage items ranging from large pieces of furniture, unusual artifacts, 19th and 20th-century art as well as vintage smalls and collectibles and even some mid-century pieces.
Margaret Schwartz joined the Antiques Diva team first as a buyer in 2014. Her love for antiques blossomed after that initial buying trip with Diva Guide Gail Mcleod in England. Her passion for antiques continued to grow and after starting her career with Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia she struck out on her own and she now owns a brick and mortar shop in the suburbs surrounding New York City, The Summer House located at 107 Cherry St, New Canaan, CT.
Justin Shaulis is a designer with twin talents: an architecture background and in-depth knowledge of interior elements. He transforms homes, apartments and venues into stunning environments for a stable of clients who demand luxurious surroundings. Balancing the classic and the modern, he approaches each project collaboratively with the client. Based in New York City, he has completed work throughout the US, Carribean and the UK.
Tamara Stephenson was exposed to the industry from an early age, and growing up she spent most weekends at Market learning the business with her father who was an antiques dealer. Now an interior designer, Tamara feels passionate about incorporating antiques and vintage pieces into her homes and the homes of her clients because these special items with a past and a patina help to give a home a sophisticated, lived-in appeal, adding culture and layering.
When you’re too busy to travel internationally, or if you want to learn first-hand from antiques and design experts, Antiques Diva US Tours are ideal for:
- antiques dealers who need to stock their store
- interior designers who want to learn where the NYC designers shop
- homeowners who are looking for special pieces to decorate their home
Contact me today at firstname.lastname@example.org to answer questions about Antiques Diva antiques buying tours, sourcing services and international shipping: No Passport Required!
See you soon in the States!
Toma Clark Haines, The Antiques Diva®