All I want for Christmas …. Alfies and Grays

Alfies London Christmas Shopping PartyJingle Bells, Jingle Bells! Santa’s on his way!! He’s making a list of those who have been naughty and nice… and I’ve got to tell you… I have been very very good this year. And thus… my wish list is super long! With a world of antiques available at my every whim… where do I go to shop for antiques? London of course! Two of my favorite antiquing sources for the holidays – or any time of year – are Alfies and Grays Antiques. You’re invited to shop with them too at their special after-hours Christmas Shopping Party at Alfies Antique Market on Thursday, December 1 from 5pm-9pm.

But don’t worry if you’re not in London this holiday… their gift guides are jammed packed with presents fit for a diva. Uhm… I’m just saying… Here’s my Wish List in case anyone of you wants to start their Christmas shopping with me in mind (wink, wink)!

From Alfies

Louis Vuitton Trunks

Louis Vuitton trunks at Tin Tin Collectables Alfies London

Louis Vuitton is timeless chic when it comes to fashion and handbags… but with travel accessories!? Get out of here. I’m ready to hop a steamer for my next holiday. Who wouldn’t love these fabulous vintage Louis Vuitton Trunks? And if you’re not planning un grand voyage they can be used for stylish storage or simply as a decorative accessory in your home

Haori Kimono C 1920s

Haori Kimono-c1920s-240 at Alfies London

I’ve got “Asia on the mind” with the launch of our new Asia Antique Tours in Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam and Indonesia so this kimono had to be on my list!

1920’s Diamond and Ruby Ring

1920’s diamond and ruby ring from Gareth Brooks at Alfies London

Everyone who knows me knows that I’m a jewelry fanatic. This ring is just glamorous and stylish all at once! A bit over the top? Yes. But who said that was a bad thing?

From Grays

Gold Tone Snake Necklace

Gillian Horsup snake necklace Grays London

I’m in love with this exotic snake necklace. Paired with a simple dress, this baby has chic written all over it!

Red Chanel Bag circa 1980s

Linda Bee Red Chanel Bag Vintage 1980s Grays London

Vintage Chanel. Need I say any more?

Tiffany & Co 18 C Gold Earrings

Horton London a pair of Tiffany Co 18ct gold earclips set with carved black onyx designed by Angela Cummings c1975 3500 at Grays London

Classic, timeless, chic. These earrings would go with just about anything or for that matter… nothing at all!

Happy Holidays,

Toma Clark Haines, The Antiques Diva®

Alfie’s Competition

Dear Diva Readers,

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Photos of Alfies Courtesy of The New York Times

Recently our colleagues at England’s best source, Antiques News & Fairs, gave me the inside tip on an upcoming competition to celebrate Alfie’s 35th anniversary being in business.

Send Alfie’s your best, favourite and most exciting photos taken whilst shopping at Alfies! This could be anything from your favourite antique shop in the mall, your most loved purchase, an item you wish for, your favourite antique dealer, or even the maze-like building, the view from the rooftop terrace or the Art Deco architecture!  The winning photo will be announced on Friday July 1st,2011.

What I love about Alfie’s is summed up in the theme song from that old American TV show “Cheers”… remember the theme song? “Sometimes you want to go, where everybody knows your name….”  Alfie’s has that friendly sort of feel, where you’re greeted as if you’re long lost friends.  The vendors who have booths here really take time to talk with you, answering questions, chatting about any number of things from Art Deco lighting to politics in America to where to go for good Indian food in London.  One of my favorite vendors is Tony Durante (with his eponymously named shop) located in both Alfie’s Antiques in London and in my current hometown of Berlin, Germany.

Alfie’s Antique Market
13-25 Church Street, London NW8 8DT, United Kingdom
020 7723 6066

Find details to enter on Alfie’s Blog!

Have a jolly good day,
The Antiques Diva®