The Antiques Diva® US Antiques Tours:
No Passport Required
So many of our fabulous 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. The Antiques Diva & Co is now launching America Antiques Tours: the best antiques sources and 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.
HOW OUR TOURS WORK
- As part of our full-service tours, our guides pick you up at your hotel OR meet you at an agreed upon location and return you to your hotel at tour end.
- Our tours are all private – you will never be paired with strangers to shop on tour.
- Note: We are offering group tours to the Hamptons, Brimfield and Round Tops Antiques Shows.
- All our guides are all locals and have long-term relationships with vendors.
- On tour our guides custom plan your tour and negotiate on your behalf.
- Tours are planned according to your style, budget and time frame.
- Once you make your purchases, our guides can help you ship your purchases home.
#WatchThisSpace: More details coming soon!
Launching June 1:
New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Rhode Island
Coming Soon: Florida, Louisiana, California
3 Group Tours: Hamptons, Round Top Texas Group Tour and Brimfield Group Tour
1. Where the New York Designers Buy Antiques Warehouse Tours
Designers in the know for years have headed to this particular off-the-beaten-path location just one hour north of NYC to buy high-quality antiques for their clients. With our guides who are also antique dealers you’ll enjoy their dealer discount plus you’ll be guided around three chock-full warehouses (over 100,000 square feet) as well as one Mid-Century modern specialist location to discover whatever your heart desires or your design business needs. Some of the most well-known interior designers in the world shop here. You’ll discover items of superior quality from England, France, Scandinavia, Sweden, Belgium and Italy. Designs range from 17th and 18th Century, Art Deco & Art Nouveau and Hollywood Regency to Traditional, Craftsman, Victorian, Americana, Cottage, Eclectic and Mid-Century. You can shop for art, rugs, sculpture, silver, plates and decorative items as well as dining tables, side tables, coffee tables, side chairs, chrome chairs, lucite, gilt chandeliers, bergeres, high-boys, secretaries and so so much more.
4-5 hours plus champagne lunch & transport via train.
2. Hamptons Antique Design History and Lifestyle Tour
(Five hours shopping, 1-hour lunch): 10 am – 3 pm
Wednesday-Friday East Hampton, Bridgehampton, Sag Harbor
April – October
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. Join this five-hour whirlwind shopping extravaganza while zipping to key shops and unique antique finds. Stopping into meet shop owners and inside sources, you will most certainly get an earful about the East End and the history of antiques in the area as you shop. It will be fast paced to fit as much into the day as possible. After four hours, we end with a glass of rose from the local Wölffer Estates Vineyard and delicious nibbles of local Farm-to-Table fare, and promising you will leave satiated and equipped with a newfound love for this little slice of Luxe American Apple Pie, as well as gorgeous antiques and sources to take home. While on the tour, Tamara will also direct to the area’s most pertinent spots, offering a handout with map and key places to visit beyond these three towns, sending you on your way for more adventures if you choose during the rest of your stay in the Hamptons.
3. Pickers Paradise
Get ready to roll up your sleeves and get dirty in order to find your next treasure trove of antiques and collectibles. Located 1-2 hours from New York City to the west (New Jersey and Pennsylvania) our guide will take you to one of his three secret source areas where serious bargains can be found.You might have to clear off an inch or more of dust in a warehouse, airplane hanger, old JC Penny store or train depot where junk is piled to the ceiling alongside real antiques – but here is where the best deals can be found. Take it from a nationally known designer there is treasure in them thar woods! >Our guide who created this tour makes his living as a NYC interior designer and is a former host on HGTV so you’ll be in very good hands.
6 hour RT plus lunch and transport.
4. How to Handle the Auction
Buying at auction takes some skill and prowess. We’d love to help you in NY at any of our finest auction houses from the big boys like Christie’s, Sotheby’s & Phillips to the more affordable Doyle, Nye, Swann & Roland. Our guide will help you on two visits; first on a viewing day to determine which lots you are interested in and day 2 for the auction. Once you’ve learned the art of buying at auction and getting deals and steals you’ll never go back to retail again! Modern art to old masters, mid-century furniture to Louis XIV all can be purchased at auction. Shipping to anywhere in the world can be arranged. Let us know what you are interested in and we can let you know what auctions are coming up!
5. Mid-Century Madness NYC
If you are a mid-century maven, then NYC is the place to be. If names like Eames, Knoll, Nakashima, Ponti, Pearsall, Wegner, Saarinen, Baker, Wormley & Probber make you swoon, this is the tour for you. With countless mid-century specialists located right in Manhattan and Brooklyn, let us curate your mid-century shop til you drop day in order to kit out your home or store. Mid-century modern furniture was made from 1933-1965 in the design epicenter of Scandinavia (Sweden, Denmark, Finland & Norway) New York, Michigan, Los Angeles, Paris and Italy. These designs came back into fashion in the late 90’s and early 2000’s and still going strong having gone through a series of iterations. In New York where mid-century style still reigns supreme in many corners you’ll find the best of the best at New York City prices plus we can also assist you in digging to find that bargain in the rough that can be turned around and sold after a “clean up” for many thousands more than the original purchase price. Getting these well-known designs for the right price is our specialty.
Getting these well-known designs for the right price is our specialty.
6. Brooklyn Hipster
Explore the Fort Greene & Williamsburg Flea as well as the renowned Artists and Fleas with a native Brooklynite. This 4-hour jaunt into the epicenter of Hipsterdom includes noshing at 3-4 food vendor trucks to sample their wares. Plus you’ll enjoy a toast to NYC with an unbelievable view at the home of your guide on her roof deck 28 floors up + a signed copy of her book Paris Cocktails. Negotiating prices & shipping can be handled by your Diva Guide.
7. Berkshires Tour
Tucked away from busy New York, the historic Berkshires are located in picturesque western Massachusetts. This tour is ideal for those looking for a dynamic experience combining arts and antiques. Home to Norman Rockwell, the Berkshires offers a unique cultural experience with the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, live concerts at Tanglewood, farm-to-table restaurant scene, art galleries, lovely B7Bs, and untouched small town New England charm. For the trade, continue your journey down into Litchfield County for destination antique shops. If you’re looking for some R&R, stay at Canyon Ranch for a world class spa experience. We also liaise you with a preferred shipping to get your purchases home.
This tour pairs well with a tour of upstate New York and the Hudson Valley area, or combined with Brimfield when available.
This “Brooklyn on the Hudson” destination is a completely unique place to find mid-century art and antiques or Louis XV, as well as everything in between. An auction house, as well as darling hotels, complete this ultimate tour in a town full of distinctive turn of the century architects.
Come for a sleep-over, we’ll take you to all the right places, suggest charming places to stay and nosh, and introduce you to the town players. Bargain hunters to collectors are welcome.
9. Newport Antiquing
April – October
Newport denotes wealth, mansions and sailing. What most people don’t realize is that Newport lives in its history dating back to the 1600’s. Narrow streets are filled with historical buildings, unique shops, extraordinary dining opportunities. The inns and hotels are the ultimate in charm. We will pick you up at your hotel and start the day with a drive through Newport to give you the lay of the land. Then on to some of the best antique shopping with private access to some of their warehouses as well. We have relationships with these shop owners who will give you their best pricing and each shop offers their own door to door shipping services.
For travelers staying longer in the area visiting the mansions in Newport, popping in and out of shops are a must as well as a sailing excursion on one of the historic schooners in the harbor. If you spend more time in the city by the sea, there are some of the prettiest beaches in southern New England right there.
1. 2-Day Antiques Diva Hampton Antiques, Design, History and Lifestyle Group Tour
When: Thursday, July 20: 11-5 pm; Followed by Dinner in Private Home of Style Maker Tamara Mathews Stephenson
Friday, July 21 11 am-6 pm; Followed by VIP Champagne Gala at East Hampton Antique Show with Hampton Cottage and Garden Magazine
Where: East Hampton, Southampton, Sag Harbor, Montauk, Bridgehampton
Join The Antiques Diva herself Toma Clark Haines and Style Maker Tamara Mathews 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.
Please wear your most comfortable (but stylish… it’s the Hamptons after all) shoes because it will be a wonderful whirlwind, shopping extravaganza while taking in the Hamptons in the throes of a busy summer. We promise to taste the wines from the local vineyard and foods from the local Farm-to-Table fare, introduce you to our sources, and you will leave satiated and equipped with a newfound love for this little slice of Luxe American Apple Pie, as well as gorgeous antiques and sources to take home. Thursday night ends with dinner under the pergola in Tamara’s East Hampton cottage with The Antiques Diva Toma Clark Haines and a few design friends. Meanwhile, Friday night is super chi-chi with a special invite to the early buying event at the East Hampton Antique Show for champagne, live music, champagne, shopping, champagne and rubbing shoulders with design celebrities! (a $200 value) While on the tour, Tamara will also direct you to the area’s most pertinent spots, offering a handout with map and key places to visit beyond these three towns, sending you on your way for more adventures if you choose or for your next visit to the Hamptons.
May, July, September
Details coming soon…