Antiques Diva & Co Buying Services

Dear Diva Readers,

top: 5px; float: left; color: white; background: #781300; border: 1px solid darkkhaki; font-size: 80px; line-height: 70px; padding-top: 1px; padding-right: 5px; font-family: times;”>Recently tours” target=”_blank”>Modenus – the best design resource on the net – posted an article regarding ourto-the-trade/buying-services” target=”_blank”> buying services  and it occurred to me I was positively negligent in not sharing those details with you here on my own blog!!!  You know us as a European Antique Shopping Tour company… and when you’re in Europe and you want to go antiquing, we’re you’re first stop for taking an tours” target=”_blank”>antiques shopping tour.   But what IF you can’t come abroad!??  We know you WANT to travel overseas, but sometimes LIFE gets in the way….  You have work and family commitments or sometimes the cost of the trip + the cost of the purchases is simply too much on the budget.  But that doesn’t mean you stop wanting to do your buying in Europe.  That’s where we come in…  we can buy for you giving you full access to our sources in Europe, letting you shop from across the pond!!  So while we of course offer antique buying tours, we also specialize in offering buying services for our clients – both trade & private individuals.

Antiques Diva Buying Services

How It Works?
When we buy for a client, we ask a lot of questions about what you’re looking for…  We want to know you and your style inside out.   Clients email us photos from Pinterest or scanned from magazines, books, etc saying “I want everything in this picture” – sometimes antiques dealers even send us emails saying “see my competitors website… I want what she’s got!” as well as links to their own site to help us get a feel for their shop.  Some clients are decorating their own home and are looking for a key piece so they email pics of their living room, telling us what they’re looking for and the space they are working with.

Once we get those pictures and links to websites our job is to do that little thing we do.  When you tell us what you’re looking for we go to our best contacts and get you photographs of the inventory we recommend for you.   Some of the things we suggest will be in response to what you’ve told us you want… but other things we suggest are things we think you might like.  You’ll get a lot of pre-choreographed photos sent to you.  We understand you need to kiss a lot of frogs to find your perfect piece… so we’ll give you variety in colors, in scale, in quality,  in age,  and in price.

After we’ve sent  you photos you’ll come back to us and say “ugh… don’t like photos #17, 22 and 36”, giving us feedback on what you don’t like so we can further refine our search… but here’s where it gets good, you’ll say “OMG, where have #12, # 16, # 33 and #42 been all my life. BUY THEM”.   A lot of the vendors we go to are wholesale dealers only – and they don’t negotiate.  On those vendors we’ll say – “the price is X and X is what you’ll pay”.  BUT – then we’ll tell you “but photo # 16 and 42 are vendors who will negotiate and we’ll go to town on your behalf”.

Antiques Diva & Co Buying Services

How Do You Get It Across the Pond?

At The Antiques Diva & Co we not only help you source, but we also liaise you with international shippers.  When it comes to international shipping there are always problems (things break, shipments are delayed, etc. etc.).  The shippers we work with are not perfect, but either they work with us to fix and resolve the problems that invariably occur when international shipping is in place or we stop working with them, so we have a refined, tried and tested network of international shippers we rely on.

We’ll take your purchases from maybe 5 or 10 different sources – often in different countries – and help you coordinate ONE shipping.  This one shipment saves you money compared to if you were buying direct from each of these vendors and each vendor was shipping separately.

We’ll sticker your purchases, fill out your shipping purchase orders, even take Tylenol on your behalf as we handle headaches and liaise with an international shipper to get everything across the pond to you.

Why Shouldn’t You Just Shop Online for European Antiques?

You and I both know that you can scout webpages and search out European antiques all by yourself all over the web… the internet has made the world really small that way.  So why would you hire The Antiques Diva & Co to scout in Europe to source goods for your store when you could skip the middle man and shop yourself online?  The problem with buying online is that you don’t always know what you’re buying or if it looks as good in person as it does in the photos.  You don’t have relationships with the dealers or someone to vet the inventory on your behalf before you pay a bundle to get it carted half way around the world.  You don’t know who you should trust or shouldn’t.  When buying online you just click “add to cart”, no negotiating takes place, so you never really know if you’re getting the best price, or if you could have gotten a better price.  And if you want to buy from multiple stores, shipping becomes a disaster because you’re paying more to ship a few things individually than to bulk everything from various sources when shipping them in one lot would have cost a whole lot less.  And MOST importantly… and here’s the kicker… the best sources in Europe aren’t online. 

Most wholesale warehouses in Europe and the UK don’t sell on line.  They provide an exclusive service to their trade clients by keeping their prices & inventory off the web for the discrete few who are lucky enough to gain entry into their world.    That’s where we come in.  The difference between Old World Culture and New World Culture is the secret handshake.  In Europe, having an introduction gives you entry into an inner circle you can’t gain access to on your own.  Our job – whether you’re on a “To The Trade Antiques Buying Tour” or using our buying service – is to show you the secret handshake and introduce you to the people in Europe you need to know.

For More Information?
Contact me to:toma@antiquesdiva.com”>toma@antiquesdiva.com – I’d love to chat to discuss how we  could give you access to Buying Abroad!!

Warm Regards,
The Antiques Diva®

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Author: Toma Clark Haines

Toma Clark Haines is a Global Tastemaker, Speaker, Writer & Entrepreneur; and founder and CEO The Antiques Diva® & Co, Europe, Asia and America's largest Antiques Sourcing & Touring Company.