top:5px;float:left;color:white;background:#382900;border:1px solid darkkhaki;font-size:100px;line-height:90px;padding-top:1px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>While sipping an Appletini in Palm Beach this past January with La Reine and her husband, The Big Guy accused me of being a sexist blogger, appealing more often to the senses of my female readers and not focusing enough on antiques that appeal to men.

“Moi?” I protested lamely, flittering my French manicure in shock over his insinuation and then coyly playing with the pearl necklace WG purchased for me in China.

He continued to say that he finds The Antiques Diva™ tales entertaining and uses the brocante dates and antique shop addresses to pad his Palm. “Nonetheless,” he continued, “I want more meat. I want to read more about man-inspired-antiques and I want more addresses of places where manly men go.” This said – I note to paint a picture for the reader – with his giant, linebacker shoulders straining his” target=”_blank”>Tommy Bahama and a cigar dangling unlit from his mouth having just purchased it at The Cigar Connoisseur in Delray.

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Man + Antiques = Mantiques!

As much as I wanted to deny it, I knew I had no excuses. I am a girly-girl and The Big Guy had a point. I had unintentionally, in my nail polish and pearls, neglected my male readership. Boys, I value you and I am ready to eat some humble pie. Thus, I’ve set about remedying this situation at once. Over the next few months I will bring to you a new series titled Mantiques – but I desperately need your help as I can’t write this series alone.

As a girly-girl, I need your input on what “mantiques” you’re interested in, where you shop for them, what you look for when you’re out at a market or boutique, as well as general questions on “Where to find XYZ?” from mantique shoppers. A few questions WG and I have been pondering: “Are mantiques really that different from antiques?” and “What are the differences between what a lady buys and what a man buys? Is this difference merely aesthetic or are there things that a man shopper is more naturally drawn towards?” Ladies, perhaps you can help on this — What mantiques do the men in your life buy or collect that you wouldn’t?

By the way, Big Guy, The Mantiques Series is dedicated to you. Stay tuned for the first Mantiques Exclusive – “An Audience with the Pelikan Pen Guy”.

The Antiques Diva™

P.S. Should you, or someone you love, have a Mantiques Collection you’d like to discuss with The Antiques Diva ™ readers or if you have a question on where to find your favorite Mantique, please email me at

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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.

  • I look at the picture of you with the cigar and just think "errk, not going to buy that image, the red light just won't turn green!"…secretly think it was a set up by TBG behind you 😉

  • It is good idea and your post like a very different and have a good thought i never found any one who make focus antiques which appeal to men and mostly guys are not fond of that but i like and i hope you will do that you will get everything for antiques as you showing your spirits i appreciate that.

  • Michelle Mantique –

    I am so intrigued! Your comment will be the envy of the all the boys – “a beat up antique Vietnamese Street BBQ found in alleyway in Saigon” is quite possibly the coolest “mantique” I’ve ever heard of! My husband WG is now dying to go to Saigon simply so he lurk in alleyways hoping to be as lucky as you!

    By the way, I have a name for treasures found like these…”Found Art”.

    My favorite “Found Art” item is a French window frame dug out of a dumpster in Paris Bastille area and carried home across Paris in a snowstorm after a bus driver refused me and my loot entrance onto his bus. This Window Frame now hangs ceremoniously covered in flowers and ivy on my roof top terrace in Holland reminding me of those Parisian days and nights.

    Also I think you hit the nail on the head with the Hemingway and Teddy Roosevelt comment… I think next time I type a Mantiques Blog I’ll pour myself a G& T and light a cigar so the scent will linger in the background helping to set the mood.

    The Antiques Diva™

  • I fully agree with the previous comment. The prize find in the junky antique shop is the most rewarding. Antique versions of all the things we gents like new are always a good bet. Antique cars, boats, tools, fishing poles, watches, firearms, pocket watches and oriental carpets. If it conjures up images of Hemingway or Teddy Roosevelt, it is sure to appeal. Brass and wood are good. My prize find: a beat up antique Vietnamese street BBQ found in an alleyway in Saigon.

    Michelle’s Mantique

  • BTW the difference between what a lady buys and what a man buys is sometimes just the DIRT!
    Toma (Name Twin)

  • Being deeply rooted here in the States – I know nothing about “Mantiquing” in Europe. But antiques here in the states means that a typical (maybe a sterotypical) “HE-Mantiques” trip would be anything to do with Classic Cars, Fishing, Tools, Sports Memorabilia. With that being said my guy – the CG (Car Guy) loves nothing more than a really good junky antique store, or flea market, or estate sale, he loves to dig for that hidden treasure. He has run the gammit of things over the years – from antique photography (dags, ambros, etc.) to sterling souvenir spoons, with a healthy dose of Southwestern American Indian treasures in between. I also know some very healthy men who love beautiful glass and pottery. So, I don’t think The Antiques Diva will have any trouble finding the perfect “Mantiquing Trip” for the big burley linebacker types out there.
    Toma (Name Twin)