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A Very British Affair with Alys

Dear Diva Readers,

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Alys writes:

“When it’s flea market day, the sleepy quintessential villages of Merry Old England become chockablock with visitors who are making their way to scout for treasures.

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I recently went on a buying trip for my own website nanadobbie.com, arriving to a market which opened at 9am (You can imagine how happy I was for once that the flea market had a very manageable opening hour as most fairs in Britain start from 6am!).  I took my boyfriend along for some company, as it’s always better to shop with a friend, and together we ran around like madmen as we had to leave by 1pm. Most would say this would be plenty of time to see everything, but the truth is, that we barely scratched the surface.  A woman with over 200 pairs of deer antlers is placed next to a small French woman who only sells watering cans.  A giant stuffed black grizzly bear (price tag  £20,000) is on a stand next to a man selling baguette trolleys. The fact of the matter is that you can buy anything and everything here, for all of your houses across the globe or just your downstairs bathroom.

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Alys Dobbie, Antiques Diva England Tours, Buying Antiques in England, Nanadobbie,

Alys Dobbie, Antiques Diva England Tours, Buying Antiques in England, Nanadobbie,

As for me?  I managed to buy a fully functioning 1840s wall mounted roulette horse racing game, a lovely little French 1950’s sideboard and saw a hilarious knock off Bart Simpson rocking chair – which just goes to show you really can buy anything here!”

If you’d like to book your tour with Alys, who not only specialises in the big country flea markets, but also knows a thing or two about Portobello Road Market in central London, email us at to:info@antiquesdiva.com”>info@antiquesdiva.com. As always, Alys can pick you up from the nearest station or airport, drive you to the fair or market and spend the day giving sound advice and introducing you to the many dealers she knows – and you, dear readers, get to shop like a dealer for a day for dear Alys is taking you not only to dealers we recommend our clients shop at but where she herself as an antiques dealer in England also shops to stock her store.  Now that’s an insider’s guide to antiquing in England!

The Antiques Diva®

Being Alys – An Antiques Guide

Dear Diva Readers,

Antiques Diva Buying Tour in Sussex England

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Alys Dobbie of Nanadobbie pictured with George Johnson, Nicky Haslam and Mark Hill

 

Diva Guide Alys writes:

“I met Shannon at the Lewes train station – how very strange it is to meet someone you’ve never clapped eyes on before. It feels like a blind date when meeting a client for the first time – we’d even told each other what we would be wearing (Purple coat for one and green tights on the other)!

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Once safely into the right side of the car, Shannon told me her wants and her needs for antiquing in England. She’d already emailed a superb list ahead so I could really research and find the ideal dealers to visit in the South East. Upon hopping in the car we were fast friends – it usually works this way on tour with the guide and client as automatically you have so much in common with the shared interest of antiquing.  Plus, our clients tend to be the most interesting people.   Shannon is American but lives in Amsterdam and I was fascinated by her fabulous expat life.

Our first stop was a humble little town on the south coast where you wouldn’t expect to have an exceptional array of buildings all owned by one dealer…. of course that’s why you’ve booked a buying tour with us… to take you those places you wouldn’t find on your own!

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Shannon wanted a statement dining table for her kitchen that would house her and her family comfortably. There were lots and lots of lovely reclaimed railway sleeper tables and others with centuries of history. We were in our element! She also found a beautiful Jacobean chest of drawers – not particularly her style admittedly but it’s hard to find anything better than a piece of furniture that’s over 300 years old (at a reasonable price!). We spent an hour or so here and then moved onto our next appointment.

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Meeting our next dealer was a funny one – he had just moved into a new warehouse that had been newly built that week! But he was friendly and helpful. Shannon fell in love with a French baguette trolley – she told me herself that she has a real weakness for anything on wheels.

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After which we carried on to Brighton passing over The National Park that is The South Downs. It was a typical British day – drizzle and wind, but the great hills still looked fantastic. Shannon was delighted we were going to Brighton for our next visit – seeing the pier even from the comfort of a car was a great treat.

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We next dropped off to a friend of mine’s shop – he had just been on a buying trip to France so the timing was perfect – he had lots of lovely weird and wacky decorative pieces as well as some great tambour fronted storage solutions .

After a quick spot of lunch (no rest for the wicked! we often eat on the run when on a buying tour), we moseyed on out and followed the coast west to Worthing.

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I had been recommended a place by my good friend Henry Nicholls and he came up trumps – the second we walked into the door, Shannon was in her element. She was grinning ear to ear – it’s always so great to meet another furniture enthusiast. She in particular fell in love with a huge gorgeous French grain store – the paint hadn’t been touched and it was in lovely condition.

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I was certainly saving the best until last and we visited a very well known dealer at the next location and were shown around personally. It really was an incredible experience for me, too – as a young dealer, this man has always been something of an inspiration. Shannon fell in love with a lot of his stock! Especially a very large 12′  table which would have been ideal for her kitchen. The patina and condition was beautiful.

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After 8 hours our tour was complete…. sometimes the days go longer because you’re buying on the road so it’s easy to lose track of time!  I love this job – I got to take a very nice woman shopping in my home county!”

Cheers!

The Antiques Diva®

Antiques Young Guns

Dear Diva Readers,

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The Antiques Young Guns, Gail McLeod, Mark Hill, George Johnson, Alys Dobbie, Andrew Skipper, Lorfords Antiques, Robert Young, Bath Decorative Antiques Fair, James Gooch, Doe and Hope, Timothy Medhurst, Daniel Larsson,

On Friday July 4th, The Rooftop Restaurant at Alfies Antiques Market in London was the place to be! The much anticipated awards ceremony for the Antiques Young Guns took place and I was delighted to be in attendance.  The Antiques Diva & Co has strong representation in this esteemed group of young people involved in the antiques trade. Two of our Diva Guides, Alys Dobbie of NanaDobbie and Daniel Larsson of D Larsson Interior, are members along with our Creative Consultant Andrew Skipper.  And, most importantly, our English Antiques Diva Agent who leads our tours in the UK, Gail McLeod, is one of the founding members of Antiques Young Guns along with Mark Hill and George Johnson!

 

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There were eight winners of a showcase at the prestigious Lorfords@Babdown kindly donated by Toby Lorford and Lesley Ferguson, owners of Lorfords Antiques and one of these winners was our very own Antiques Diva London Guide Alys Dobbie! It was also announced that eleven entrants will be mentored by renowned antiques experts and dealers.  We are so excited that our Swedish Guide Daniel Larsson will be mentored by Robert Young! (Alas Daniel was busy leading a VIP client on a Diva Tour in Sweden so he missed the event – here I am on stage accepting the award in his place).

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If you recall, earlier this year, I announced on the blog my favorite dealers at The Bath Decorative Antiques Fair.  Well one of my top picks, James Gooch owner of Doe and Hope,was presented the prestigious award of Antiques Young Gun of the Year 2014 by winner in 2013 Timothy Medhurst. I have to tell you, I really think James is “one to watch!”  He has an amazing eye and will be shaping the way we decorate in the future.

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All in all it was a fabulous evening celebrating the next wave of antiques enthusiasts. A highlight of the evening was meeting Steven Moore from the Antiques Roadshow (a twitter friend turned Real Life friend).  From dealers to journalists to auctioneers, these young people are changing the world of antiques for the better!

Rock on Antiques Young Guns!

The Antiques Diva®

 

Portobello Market

Dear Diva Readers,

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And while today it’s like Grand Central Station, Portobello Road was once just a country path leading from the Kensington Gravel Pits in what is now known as Notting Hill Gate, up to Kensal Green in the north.  In 1740, Portobello Farm was built nearby. The farm got its name from a town in Panama called Puerto Bello, because during the War of Jenkins’ Ear, Admiral Edward Vernon captured this town. Prior to 1850, the path near Portobello Farm was surrounded by nothing more than fields and orchards. But in the second half of the nineteenth century, Portobello Road began to take shape.  Shops and food markets started popping up to serve the wealthy dwellers of the crescents. As it developed over the next hundred years, other items were offered along this stretch of road and by the mid-twentieth century, antiques shops and stalls became the main-stay.

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Today, every Saturday morning hundreds of dealers open their shops and set up their stands to reveal a diverse display of vintage treasures. While it’s best to arrive at some markets just after dawn, Portobello is a bit different.  There’s no need to beat the sunrise because many dealers won’t be set up that early. Get there around 8:30 a.m. and most vendors will be ready. You’ll want to get your bearings and hit the stalls you know you want to shop first thing to avoid shoulder-to-shoulder crowds which tend to begin forming around 11:30 a.m. One thing is for sure— you don’t want to arrive too late because the market starts to close down at 4:00 p.m.

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While there are dealers that offer furniture and other large items, Portobello Market is the ideal place to search for smalls, tabletop pieces, and what I like to call “perfectly packables” — little treasures that fit nicely in your suitcase. From glass & crystal to silver and brass, there are certainly deals to be had. This market is also a great place to pick up antique books, lighting, small statues, and linens. Second hand and vintage clothing also abound. Shoes, handbags, jewelry and vintage garments line the walls of several shops, allowing you to purchase a piece of the past.

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It certainly can help to have someone who knows the lay of the land and can ask for trade discounts. That’s where we come in!  Our Antiques Diva Guide Alys Dobbie loves taking clients through this jam-packed market, helping them find the perfect pieces.

If you would like to book a Portobello Flea Market Tour in London, email to:info@antiquesdiva.com”>info@antiquesdiva.com.

Cheers,

The Antiques Diva®

 

Antique Young Guns

Dear Diva Readers,

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The Antiques Diva & Co is happy to be associated with this group as 3 of our Diva Guides are members of the Antiques Young Guns!  Alys Dobbie is our newest Guide, offering customized tours in London (including the world famous Portobello Market) and Brighton.  Our Swedish Guide Daniel Larsson is also a member of the group.  Daniel’s knowledge of Swedish & Gustavian antiques is amazing, and his connections in his native country of Sweden are invaluable to our clients when they want to find the perfect pieces while also learning about their history.

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One of the founders of Antiques Young Guns is Gail McLeod.  The Antiques Diva & Co is lucky to have Gail as our Diva Agent in the UK, as she is extremely well-connected and possesses a vast knowledge of antiques and sources. She is also the founder of National Antiques Week as well as the editor for Antiques Are Green.

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Gail, alongside other founding members George Johnson of Lady Kentmores (whom we’ve tapped to start leading our Scotland tours later this year) and Mark Hill have developed a website where young people working or wanting to work in the antiques industry can become members, allowing them to connect with other antique aficionados , sharing information, tips and contacts, and interactive links to shops allowing them to buy the hottest and best antiques from Young Guns.  While the members are currently British based – they are recruiting for American members! Be the first Americans to join the Young Guns!

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The whole concept of Antiques Young Guns is really exciting because it is solidifying the future of our industry.  By bringing these young minds together, the synergy that is being created is a powerful force!  This is definitely a group that I will be watching with much anticipation to see what they come up with next.   If you want to know What’s New in Antiques… you’ve got it – the Antique Young Guns are bringing antiques into the next millennium!

The Antiques Diva®

Meet Alys Dobbie, Our New Diva Guide

Dear Diva Readers,

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Meet Your London Portobello Guide – Alys Dobbie

Antiques Diva: Which Tours do you lead?

Alys: I currently run one-day tours in Portobello and Notting Hill but will be working on the East Sussex and Brighton tours too alongside our Antiques Diva UK agent, Gail McLeod.

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Antiques Diva: What do you like about your job?

Alys: I love meeting new people and finding out their individual tastes and requests. Having a good relationship with dealers is essential in being a Diva and I love having a rapport with the characters of the industry!

Antiques Diva:  What do you consider your specialty in helping clients?

Alys: I have a good knowledge of Mid-Century design and artefacts so I’ll be able to help anyone seeking the vintage look. I also have a degree in furniture restoration so I know to look for repairs or damage and can give advice on polishing and restorations.  I love helping clients find what they want – the cherry on the cake is always when you find the speciality item they’ve been looking for.

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Antiques Diva:  Where did you grow up?

Alys: I grew up in Tunbridge Wells in Kent – my dad and I used to hit the boot fairs every sunday when I was a kid to seek out bargains. I used to buy clothes and sell them to the designer boutiques in town for pocket money.

Antiques Diva:  What do you do when you’re not working? Hobbies? Interests?

Alys:  When I’m not working I’m usually still working. I love buying items for my shop so will drag my boyfriend (er Fiance! Ms Dobbie is getting married!!) around antique centres (he secretly loves it too). I also make my own wine and sloe gin. My favourite part of the day is taking my Border Terrier dog Fred for a walk on Brighton beach, where I live now.

Antiques Diva: Favorite spot to vacation?

Alys: I went to the States last year and absolutely loved it. My dream holiday would to be to drive around the Deep South, checking out thrift and antique stores whilst eating some good BBQ. I have a soft spot for Granada in Spain. The tapas are to die for.

Antiques Diva: Do you have a favorite museum of work of art that inspires you?

Alys: The Tate Gallery in St Ives, Cornwall is my favourite gallery in England. The building itself is spectacular and conjures up memories of long summer holidays with my dad. The whole village is full of artists – both up and coming and established. The Barbara Hepworth gardens are also fantastic.

Antiques Diva: Give me 5 words that describe your personality?

Alys: Quirky, Dry, Organised, Confident, Thoughtful

To follow Alys’ Adventures check out her store as well as Facebook site and Twitter.

To book a Portobello Flea Market Tour in London email to:info@antiquesdiva.com” target=”_blank”>info@antiquesdiva.com.

Cheers!
The Antiques Diva ®

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