The Paris Flea Market – Paul Bert Serpette – Names The Antiques Diva© & Co Exclusive Market Guide
PARIS, FRANCE (PRWEB) JUNE 30, 2016
Marché Paul Bert Serpette at the Paris Flea Market – celebrating its 70th anniversary this year – names American-owned company The Antiques Diva© & Co– Europe’s largest antiques touring company – as their Exclusive Flea Market Tour Guides as part of their rejuvenation project at the “puce.”
“I am thrilled to congratulate Paul Bert Serpette on 70 years as an innovator in the international antiques market. It’s a dream come true and honor for my company to be named the exclusive and only tour guide of the Paris Flea Market Paul Bert Serpette” says American expat Toma Clark Haines, CEO and founder of The Antiques Diva & Co. “For years buyers seeking to source antiques abroad at the Paris Flea Market or in anyone of one of our 8 tour countries found buying abroad on their own unattainable. They didn’t know where to go, how to negotiate, or how to get their purchases home. I’ve built a company to help people source antiques abroad doing everything from custom planning antique buying tours to translating, negotiating and even shipping purchases home sweet home across the pond! Perhaps our most popular antique buying tour is our Paris Flea Market tour and the jewel in the crown of the puce is Marché Paul Bert Serpette.”
Marché Paul Bert Serpette is the flagship entity of the Puces de Paris Saint-Ouen. Globally renowned, the Paris Flea Market is the single largest antiques market in the world attracting nearly 5,000 visitors every weekend. The Marché has become a destination for collectors and dealers from around the world, including celebrity collectors, for its vast array of furniture, silver, design, vintage clothing and antiquity from every era. Traffic at the famous Marché aux Puces has increased in part through use of antiques buying guides such as The Antiques Diva© & Co. Toma Clark Haines has been shopping the Paris Flea Market for over twenty years and has watched the Marché evolve from when she first visited the market until today when The Antiques Diva & Co has become the largest antiques touring company in Europe working with a team of 21 locally based antiques buying tour guides.
“We could not be more delighted and enthused by the work of The Antiques Diva© & Co which brings an influential international clientele to the market. Their passion and energy each time they visit us at Marché Paul Bert Serpette invigorates buyers as well as our vendors,” says Marion DuFranc, the Market Director. “It’s all about relationships. It’s a symbiotic dance – The Antiques Diva & Co gives our clients insider access and we supply clients with quality unparalleled inventory.”
“The Marché’s climate has changed significantly since I began shopping the market nearly 20 years ago.” says Clark Haines. “The increasing trend of mixing modern with antiques as well as eclecticism in décor means that today there is not only a greater variety of objects to sift through, but a greater enthusiasm among a new generation of collectors, dealers, designers and everyday tourists alike. The market encompasses an area of over 7 square miles – navigating the puce can be an overwhelming experience. At The Antiques Diva© & Co our team of local flea market guides know the market like the back of their hand. Our job is to help clients find the exact area of the market that has what they are looking for – maximizing their time, translating, negotiating and liaising with an international shipper to simplify the process of buying abroad. We save our clients time and money by custom planning their visit to the Paris Flea Market, and helping negotiate their purchases.”
Marché Paul Bert Serpette changed hands in 2014 when the Duke of Westminster sold the recently renovated market to Jean-Cyrille Boutmy, CEO and founder of Studyrama. Since Boutmy’s takeover, the Marché has modernized and rebranded with added services and accessibility, as well as enhanced marketing and communication initiatives. The educational component has also been a focus, drawing younger collectors to St-Ouen.
Clark Haines jokes, “We are in essence ‘Antique Matchmakers’ – bring together the love of antiques and commerce.” Marion DuFranc concludes, “With a long history of attracting collectors to this chaotic jungle in the north of Paris, the Marché Paul Bert Serpette is excited to have Haines on board. Our successful growth is contingent on having experts like The Antiques Diva in our midst as our exclusive guide. We’re excited for this relationship and our future together, particularly this year as we celebrate the 70th year of the market!”
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Toma Clark Haines is The Antiques Diva® – Chief Executive Diva of The Antiques Diva® & Co, Europe’s Largest Antiques Touring Company. When this tastemaker is not on a buying tour, Toma is also a freelance travel and design writer, an international public speaker, an interior decorator and social media guru. She is a champagne connoisseur, a vintage Chanel addict and her hobbies include driving fast cars and gourmet cooking. Traveling extensively for work, she divides her time between her home in Berlin, Germany and traveling in each of her company’s tour countries. Follow her antiquing abroad travels on Facebook at The Antiques Diva® & Co or on Twitter @TheAntiquesDiva. Her blog The Antiques Diva was recently voted Top 100 Interior Design blogs by Modenus.
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Have experienced antique shopping in Belgium with The Diva, this post made me want to experience the Paris Flea Market Tour! Greetings from the Midlands
So happy we shopped Belgium together Di: and now we need to shop the Paris Flea Market together!
Thank you for your recommendation: I appreciate you letting Diva readers know that at The Antiques Diva & Co our tours save you time and money, and our local expert Diva tour guides are like shopping with your new best friend!
Congrats, I can’t wait to return to Paris and go antique shopping at the Paris flea market with the Antiques Diva!
Thanks Angie – I would love to take you on a personal antique shopping tour of the Paris Flea Market – it’s a must-do on your next visit to Paris!
Very interesting post in a blog with incredible information about the market of antiques in Europe. Thank you and a greeting from Barcelona.
Thank you, we hope to offer Antiques Diva shopping tours in Spain soon, too!
We had a fabulous time at the market! If you want to shop Diva Style you have to do it with The Antiques Diva & Co
Merci Melissa – It is my joy to take people on an Antiques Diva tour and introduce you to how to buy antiques in Europe – and enjoy the #DivaLifestyle! The Paris Flea Market has always been my favorite spot to shop for antiques since my 1st visit over 20 years ago… and Paul Bert Serpette is simply the chicest place on earth to buy antiques!
This is HUGE! Bravo Toma and Antiques Diva Team! Cannot wait to visit Paul Bert Serpette at the Paris Flea Market again!
Thank you, Austin
I was and still am beyond honored to be chosen as the exclusive and only guides for the Paris Flea Market Paul Bert Serpette – as an American company, The Antiques Diva & Co is privileged to work with French landmark les Marché aux Puces and #teamDiva will continue to work hard to make it easy for visitors to buy antiques and vintage at the Paris flea market!
Experiencing the Paris Flea Market on an Antiques Diva Tour was incredible! My Diva Guide Katie was fun, knowledgable, and made it a great time for all of us. Congratulations! This is a well deserved title for The Antiques Diva & Co!
Thanks for writing Tiffany: and so glad to hear you enjoyed your shopping trip to the Paris Flea Market with Katie! It’s much easier to navigate the market with a knowledgeable guide who can also help negotiate your antiques shopping purchases! And thank you: we are truly honored to be named the exclusive official tour guide of the Paris Flea Market Paul Bert Serpette – I’m still gobsmacked!
ps… what did you buy?
Bravo! I’m looking forward to my next Paris Flea Market tour with The Antiques Diva – hopefully in 2016!
Merci! As the owner of The Antiques Diva & Co I am beyond honored to be named as the exclusive and only official guide of the Paris Flea Market Paul Bert Serpette. For an American-owned company to be recognized as an antiques shopping expert by a French landmark is a thrill, and we love helping our clients discover how to shop at the Paris Flea Market.