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Diva-scovery: Bric-a-Brac in Prague

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Dear Diva Readers,

top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>My darling husband surprised me with a trip to Prague so he & I could have a little R&R; and1-on-1 time after I’d been out of town for an extended period during my Antiques Diva tours. We went to Prague to take long walks holding hands, to drink copious quantities of Czech beer (his intent, not mine, as even living in Germany has not converted me to being a beer drinker) and to nibble our way through the winding streets of Prague.

Achieving our goal, we sat for long periods in dark, candlelit cafes discussing Kafka and pondering Bohemian thoughts and, though this trip for once was one planned without intentions of visiting an antique shop one, we stumbled out of a café one late afternoon and into a sensational antiques shop called Bric-a-Brac. And while I considered turning away, not wanting “work” to interfere with our romantic interlude, my husband pulled me inside. For you see, something you might not know about The Wine Guy is that he might as well have been nick-named The Antiques Guy for he shares my passion in European antiquing. This, along with many other traits, makes him a sensational traveling companion as he’s always ready to stop, drop and shop!
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While the alley leading to the shop was tempting, stepping inside the store was even more so…

Won’t you join me on a quick tour?

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Next time you’re in Prague and looking to do a little antique shopping, pop into Bric-a-Brac! You never know what you might find!!!

Diva-scovery:
Bric a Brac
Týnská 7, Prague 1
Phone: (+420) 222 326 484
Metro: Staromĕstská (line A) or Námĕstí Republiky (line B)

Until next time,

The Antiques Diva™

(seen right on Charles Bridge in a self-photography attempt with The Wine Guy!)

Another Amsterdam “Secret Sale” – Johan de Feijter’s Open Door Days

top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>In yesterday’s blog about Annette Brederode’s Private Sale on Dec 12 -14, 2008 I waxed poetically about “Amsterdam’s Best Kept Secret”, but what I didn’t tell you was tory” target=”_blank”>“the rest of the story!”

This Secret Sale isn’t the only “Open Door Sale” in the Jordaan this weekend!

Just a few blocks from Annette Brederode’s abode in a quaint canal house is another “Open Door Day” at an antiques shop which is usually only “open by appointment”!

Last year while visiting Annette Brederode’s secret shop she crooned, “If you like my shop you should visit my friend Johan at # 58 Bloemgracht.”

Sadly I was in a mad dash that day and didn’t have a diva minute, so I made note of the address and promised to visit them on their next “Open Door Days.” Then, a week later, Lucretia, one of The Antiques Diva Tour Guides, called to tell me that she had stumbled upon an Amsterdam antiques shop I HAD to know about – “It’s Amsterdam’s Best Kept Secret” she cried! As she began describing the location I asked, “Could it be the same shop Annette Brederode recommended to me – Johan de Feijter at Bloemgracht 58?”

“Indeed!” Lucretia cried and then confessed that she hesitated to tell me as she was afraid that I might go and buy their entire inventory before she had a chance to return!

Amazingly my favorite antiques shop in Amsterdam had just recommended that I shop at the same shop that one of The Antiques Diva Tour Guides called her “new favorite Amsterdam antique shop!” This was clearly destiny! Needless to say, I knew that Johan de Feijter’s shop at Bloemgracht 58 HAD TO BE GOOD!

On the next Open Door Days in June, I dashed to the Jordaan and was dazzled by Johan’s collection so much so that I knew this time I couldn’t lump Johan’s antique shop together in the same blog as Annette but that he deserved a blog of his own! I could go on for ages and pages telling about the incredible assortment of 18th and 19th century china, porcelain & pottery but clichéd though it may be, a picture is worth a thousand words… and these pictures taken recently at Bloemgracht 58 speak for themselves!

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Save the Date!
This year’s Open Door Days are 12- 14 Dec. and 19-21 Dec.
Hours: from 12 noon – 8pm

PS. When Johan sent me pictures for today’s blog, he clued me in on a little tip. His friend Eduard Tovar Estrada recently started a great new antiques shop that is particularly interesting! I think I might have to interview him next year as part of my Mantiques series! In the meantime, visit Eduard’s website – Antique Canes Amsterdamto see his beautiful collection of antique canes.

Enjoy these wonderful treats!

The Antiques Diva

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