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