Cipolat S.A.

Dear Diva Readers,

top: 5px; float: left; color: white; background: #781300; border: 1px solid darkkhaki; font-size: 60px; line-height: 50px; padding-top: 1px; padding-right: 5px; font-family: times;”>Every Antiques Dealer has their Secret Source… and darlings, I’m going to let the cat out of the bag and tell you about one of the best secret sources in Europe for sourcing antiques abroad! Enter stage left… Cipolat S.A. Cipolat organizes two of Europe’s largest professional antique trade fairs. Their fairs have become a mecca for wholesale antiques shoppers in Europe – offering a wide variety of inventory all in one place, thus saving you time and money when sourcing antiques in Europe. Trade professionals from all over the globe have been flocking to these fairs for over 25 years to shop for hard to find pieces.

cipolat logoMark your calendars baby! I’ve got two upcoming dates you should mark on your calendar: Tuesday May 31 is the Lyon Antiques Fair and Tuesday July 5 is the Montpellier Antiques Fair. Naturally, our services fit perfectly to help you source antiques at the fair – book a tour and we can translate, negotiate and liaise you with the shippers (then take you out to see other dealers) allowing you to source antiques in Europe with – what else? – Diva Style. And when the fair is over we’ll take you out and about in the area to continue to shopping til you drop maximizing your time (as well as stretching your wallet).

cipolat SAAt both of these fairs, you’ll find vendors from numerous countries represented, so you’re not just going to see French antiques… but Italian, English, Belgian, Dutch, German… etc! The whole of Europe in your palm. In fact, 40% of the exhibitors are international, which means you can source pieces from various countries all in one place! Here at The Antiques Diva & Co we’re all about convenience – we share the same objective as this fair – to save you time and money. Even better news is that they have on-site international shippers who will help with collecting, handling, packaging, and customs clearance to help get your purchases home.

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From antique furniture, fine art, and decorative arts to vintage pieces and more, these two fairs offer a great setting to power shop and get the most bang for your buck. Many in-the-know decorators, interior designers, and antique dealers use these fairs as a one stop shop to stock up on special pieces. Since they’re open to the trade only, you’re getting pieces that haven’t hit the mass market yet, which is important for trade buyers. It’s also good to know that the exhibitors are vetted, meaning they are 100% professional and their inventory is authentic. You’ll find dealers you wouldn’t see anywhere else because they trust the Cipolat S.A. organization and feel secure with the professionalism that’s been displayed for over two decades.

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Another plus is that these fairs do not allow merchandise to be unpacked before the beginning of the fairs. That means technically no transactions are made prior to the fairs opening at 8:00 a.m., therefore you really are seeing everything at the same time as everyone else.

If you’re a trade professional and looking to source European antiques, I’d highly recommend attending these fairs with The Antiques Diva & Co on your arm. They are a great way to make contact with specialized European dealers which can lead to lasting relationships – let our relationships become your relationships! Send us an email at for more information and to discuss planning a custom tour for you.


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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.