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Lorfords Antiques at Babdown Airfield

Dear Diva Readers,

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Lorfords Antiques at Babdown Airfield room full of antiques

Lorfords Antiques at Babdown Airfield Copper casseroles and pansSince Gail has her office for Antiques News & Fairs  at the new Lorford’s location, that also means that The Antiques Diva & Co has an official office in the UK at Lorford’s! By the way be sure to check out the recently launched sleek new design for Antiques News & Fairs website! There is now an Events Calendar to join the top ranked Fairs Calendar and we love the crisp new look!

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Lorfords Antiques at Babdown Airfield Hangars full of AntiquesWe recently visited the Hangars at Babdown where our offices are, and I have to tell you, it’s pretty fab! They’ve moved into an entire airport. That’s right—in addition to their main showroom at Tetbury, Lorfords now has a new location at Babdown Airfield, a former WWII RAF airfield, and makes its offices and showrooms in the hangars!

Lorfords Antiques at Babdown Airfield offices and showrooms in hangars

Lorfords Antiques at Babdown Airfield antiques for trade or private buyerWhat I love about Lorfords is that they bring together a few components that to me, make up what customers are looking for in today’s market. They offer fabulous antiques, which are available through 30 dealers and are thoughtfully displayed throughout the hangars. From 18th century pieces to mid century modern, there really is a mix which offers something for everyone. Whether you’re a trade buyer or a private client, the prices are good, the quality is excellent, and the inventory is varied enough to engage people with many different tastes and styles.

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Lorfords Antiques at Babdown Airfield designs service and residential projectsLorfords also offers independent interior design services, specializing in residential projects. Their knowledge of antiques and the history of interior decorating make them an authority when it comes to designing well-thought out spaces that are never short on atmosphere. Having access to the antiques in their showrooms while also being able to utilize their contemporary range of furniture and lighting called “Created,” allows the team to mix old and new, reflecting the way people actually live today. Many of the new products they offer are hand made by trusted local craftsmen in the Cotswolds or sourced from artisans they’ve met around the world, making Lorfords a destination for global design.

We’re so excited to have an “in” at Lorford’s with our very own Gail McLeod establishing her Antiques Diva office there! It’s just one more way we can stay in the know when it comes to the antiques scene in the UK. If you’d like information on taking an Antiques Diva UK Tour, email us at info@antiquesdiva.com. We’d love to take you to Lorfords and several other sources in England to help you find your ideal purchases.

Cheers,

The Antiques Diva®

Malmo Decorative Fair in Sweden

Dear Diva Readers,

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Naturally when shopping any antiques fair you don’t want to go when the mere mortals shop – you want advance access.  So we registered to attend trade day while the vendors are still unpacking their trucks and setting up their stalls.  This is not open to the public—which means we get FIRST DIBS on buying! We really got to see inventory at The Malmo Decorative Antiques Fair before it even opened! On day one we got a sneak peek at folk art, Swedish furniture, and decorative pieces that were of the highest quality as Malmo is the third largest antiques fair in Sweden with 80 dealers from all over the country – for those of you who are familiar with the Stockholm fair, rumor has it the Malmo Fair’s opening day revenue surpassed its big brother.

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These vendors sell to the international trade and possess a vast knowledge of Swedish antiques. Imagine having access to pieces that you’d be sure to see on the covers of magazines soon! That’s what Sweden’s antiques scene has to offer.  The international buyers on scene shopping were actually limited – often I go to a trade fair in the south of France and I feel like the whole of Houston has ended up there on the same day.  Not so in Malmo – there were only a handful of foreign buyers – so if you’re looking for exclusivity, here’s your chance to buy before any of your competitors have seen the inventory.  And as few of these dealers have websites selling online you get incredible, unheard of access.

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The fair was located at Katrinetorp Landeri which is a mansion adjacent to Malmo. Comprised of several buildings dating to the early 1800s, this historic property  is the ideal setting for an antiques fair! My UK Diva Agent Gail McLeod is an avid gardener, and since she joined us at Malmo, taking a bus-mans holiday with me, we were also able to explore the house and several gardens which include a gentry garden, utility garden and an orangery all of which are community managed.

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Now the Malmo Fair is only once a year – next time you’ve got the chance to shop it is in the last weekend of August in 2016 (it’s held this same weekend every year – so mark your calendars darling).  But have no fear….  You DON’T HAVE to SHOP Sweden ONLY during the fair.  Did I mention we know all these vendors so you can shop them year round – visiting them in their personal homes and by-appointment-only stores, warehouses and boutiques – year round on one of our Antiques Diva Sweden Tours.  If you’d like more information on taking an Antiques Diva Sweden Tour, email us at to:info@antiquesdiva.com”>info@antiquesdiva.com. We’d love to plan the perfect buying trip for you!

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As the Swedes say “Adjö”! Until next time,

The Antiques Diva®  

Gail’s Guide to Bath

Dear Diva Readers,

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She had read quite a bit about Corsham and was considering staying there for the weekend after her Antiques Diva Tour. Touring Corsham Court, viewing the art, and taking scenic bike rides were of interest to her, but she wasn’t sure if she should stay in Corsham or just visit for a day. She also wanted to visit local charity shops, tea rooms, and independent creative shops that specialize in knitting and embroidery. With all this information, Gail had a few suggestions and I wanted to share them with you all here on the blog!

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Gail writes:

This is such a lovely area here – Bath is in the top 4 places to visit in the UK so you can make the most of it.  See www.visitbath.co.uk for inspiration.

There is  a wonderful towpath alongside the Avon + Kennet Canal which people ride their bikes.  You can easily hire a bike in Bath for convenience and see this beautiful area of the UK.

You could even stay on a narrow boat which might be fun!

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I would recommend that you stay in Bath rather than Corsham because that is where the attractions are – from the items above to restaurants, museums, shopping of all sorts including charity shops (goodwill shops).

This website lists all places to stay. Corsham is a sleepy little town and incredibly fun to explore but maybe for an afternoon only.

The Fashion Museum is the national museum for costume across all eras up to the present day and would be of interest if you like textiles. 

The mainline train station, Bath Spa goes to Paddington (same line as Chippenham) and trains leave every 25 minutes or so, so you can travel back
to London easily on Sunday to catch your flight.

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The Visit Bath website is very good and has all the attractions listed. People come from all over the world to see Bath which is one of only 7 World Heritage sites.  It is a very walkable city so you will be totally fine without a car.

Hope this helps!

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It sounds like this client is going to have a fabulous weekend exploring Bath after her Antiques Diva Tour. And believe me, there’s nothing like a little rest after shopping till you drop! If you would like more information on taking an Antiques Diva Tour in any of our 8 tour countries—England, France, Italy, Sweden, Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands, or Denmark—email us at to:info@antiquesdiva.com”>info@antiquesdiva.com.

Cheers,

The Antiques Diva®  

A Day With Elizabeth Baer

Dear Diva Readers,

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Gail has been involved in the Bath Decorative Fair for years and that is where she first met Mrs. Baer in 1989 where she was a vendor. As a star attraction at this and other fairs, Mrs. Baer would sell textiles like hot cakes, often to top U.S. dealers who would wait in line to see her. She’s sold to just about every Hollywood name and supplied textiles and costumes for countless films – I was completely smitten by the fact that Anna Wintour has been a long-term client. Now in her late 80’s, Mrs. Baer is still active in the trade and sells inventory by appointment only in her gorgeous house, which is a “miniature” Georgian manor house in the heart of Bradford on Avon.

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As you would expect, this quintessential English lady has a beautiful garden which welcomed us when we arrived. Seeing the large, heavy front door open, we knocked and made ourselves known, and seconds later the lovely Elizabeth appeared from around the corner. She greeted us warmly and asked us to come inside the spacious foyer, where a few bolts of fabric lay on the entry table, hinting at what was in store for us.

A tour through her home revealed generously proportioned rooms, one connecting to the next, filled with antique furniture, textiles, and special bits and bobs, all telling the story of a life well lived. When in the living room, she noted the relating color palates of a painted antique blanket chest and two pair of curtain panels. “Rather than try to invent new color combinations, look for old color recipes that work. They’ve been around a long time for a reason,” Elizabeth advised. As we made out way to the sitting room, decorated in mostly pink hues, she informed us that every piece of furniture was upholstered in old curtain fabric. While stroking a velvet cushion, she shared another wise piece of advice. “The key is to enjoy what you’ve got and not be envious of what anyone else has got.”

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Climbing the stairs, we got a peek into the private life of this stylish lady as she invited us to see her bedroom and extremely chic bath/dressing room. The use of antique textiles was perfection—the bed canopy, the yards and yards of drapery panels, the upholstered furniture just begging to be lounged on—all gorgeous. We even got to see her small work room where she makes everything from totes and cushions to padded hangers and basket liners—always with bits of remnant fabric and trim.

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To end the afternoon, we went to the lower level of the house where she keeps her stock for sale. After being served coffee on a tray—she is, after all, a gracious hostess—we perused shelves of fabric, trims, and remnants. We settled on a few table cloths and tea towels, finding that one was not enough according to Elizabeth, “You must have one on the table and one in the wash.”

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If you’re interested in antique textiles, you must check out her blog. She tells stories of her business ventures, offers up worthwhile advice and entertaining anecdotes that are sure to leave you inspired. For more information on our English Antique Buying Tours or Antique Textile Tours in general email us at to:info@antiquesdiva.com”>info@antiquesdiva.com.

Cheers,

The Antiques Diva® 

Salvo Fair

Dear Diva Readers,

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The Antiques Diva cooling off at the Salvo Fair!

Dealers at Salvo offer a wide variety of architectural salvage, ranging from very affordable tiles and hardware to reclaimed building materials such as a huge bridge which held court at the center of the fair. As we perused the grounds, we spotted a nice mix of garden antiques including sculpture, fountains, and repurposed items which are in high demand right now. There were also plenty of retro signs, decorative antiques, and vintage pieces. I especially liked the variety of industrial items which could be used in new construction. A pleasant surprise was the affordable prices at Salvo. Our Creative Consultant Andrew Skipper even picked up a fun antique door knocker shaped like a fox for less than half the price he would pay in the USA.

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Salvo Fair, English Antiques, Olga Granda-Scott, The HighBoy, Toma Clark Haines, The Antiques Diva, Gail McLeod, Sir William and Lady McAlpine, Architectural Salvage Fairs, Repurposed items

 

Aside from the inventory, the set up of the fair was everything you would imagine when you picture a country antiques fair in England. Old fashioned tents with bunting (strings of colorful flags) strewn from side to side set the stage for a picturesque day. There was even a charming tea tent where we attended a private party with the local Lord and Lady and the “county set” after the fair closed. Complete with champagne, roast lamb, quail eggs, smoked salmon, and scones, the evening was a quintessential English one—and the ideal way to complete a Diva tour of some of the UK’s top antiques fairs.

Salvo Fair, English Antiques, Olga Granda-Scott, The HighBoy, Toma Clark Haines, The Antiques Diva, Gail McLeod, Sir William and Lady McAlpine, Architectural Salvage Fairs, Repurposed items

 

If you would like information on our UK Antiques Diva tours, please email us at to:info@antiquesdiva.com”>info@antiquesdiva.com. We’d love to help you find the antiques you’re looking for while also giving you a truly unique experience of culture, travel, and the Diva lifestyle!

The Antiques Diva®   

AYG Award Party in London

Dear Diva Readers,

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Antiques Young Guns, AYG Award Party in London, The Antiques Diva, Gail McLeod, Andrew Skipper, Spencer Swaffer, Paul Jones Antiques, Daniel Larsson, Robert Young Antiques, Mark Hill, Counter restaurant, BADA, LAPADA, Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair

Antiques Young Guns, AYG Award Party in London, The Antiques Diva, Gail McLeod, Andrew Skipper, Spencer Swaffer, Paul Jones Antiques, Daniel Larsson, Robert Young Antiques, Mark Hill, Counter restaurant, BADA, LAPADA, Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair

Antiques Young Guns, AYG Award Party in London, The Antiques Diva, Gail McLeod, Andrew Skipper, Spencer Swaffer, Paul Jones Antiques, Daniel Larsson, Robert Young Antiques, Mark Hill, Counter restaurant, BADA, LAPADA, Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair

Attending the party was a myriad of antiques trade professionals and journalists. We spent the evening mixing and mingling, champagne in hand of course! When it was time for the awards ceremony, I was so pleased to present the award for Most Innovative Mentor to my friend and renowned antiques dealer, Spencer Swaffer. He gave space in his own store for a pop-up shop to his mentoree Paul Jones during the busiest week of the year.  The overall winner of the Heavy Artillery Mentor Program went to Robert Young who could not attend the party, so it was accepted by the Young Gun whom he mentored which happens to be our very own Swedish Divo Guide, Daniel Larsson.

Antiques Young Guns, AYG Award Party in London, The Antiques Diva, Gail McLeod, Andrew Skipper, Spencer Swaffer, Paul Jones Antiques, Daniel Larsson, Robert Young Antiques, Mark Hill, Counter restaurant, BADA, LAPADA, Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair

Following the reception, everyone gathered at a fabulous new restaurant at Vauxhall called Counter. As well as being a well-known expert on the BBC Antiques Roadshow, Mark is also one of the co-founders of Antiques Young Guns along with Gail McLeod and George Johnson. Drinks, dinner, and lots of conversation ensued until the wee hours of the morning. A Diva’s work is never done!

Antiques Young Guns, AYG Award Party in London, The Antiques Diva, Gail McLeod, Andrew Skipper, Spencer Swaffer, Paul Jones Antiques, Daniel Larsson, Robert Young Antiques, Mark Hill, Counter restaurant, BADA, LAPADA, Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair

Huge congratulations to Gail Mcleod who worked tirelessly to put this evening together, all while taking VIP clients on tour during the same week as this monumental event in the antiques industry. They say that if you want something done, ask a busy person… well, Gail certainly knows how to get things done! Looking forward to seeing Antiques Young Guns grow in the coming year and can’t wait for the next party!

Antiques Young Guns, AYG Award Party in London, The Antiques Diva, Gail McLeod, Andrew Skipper, Spencer Swaffer, Paul Jones Antiques, Daniel Larsson, Robert Young Antiques, Mark Hill, Counter restaurant, BADA, LAPADA, Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair, Olga, The HighBoy

The Antiques Diva®   

U.S. Antique Shows Partners with Antique Young Guns

Dear Diva Readers,

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Antique Young Guns, Andrew Skipper, U.S. Antique Shows, The Antiques Diva, Pier Antique Show, Gail McLeod

Antique Young Guns, Andrew Skipper, U.S. Antique Shows, The Antiques Diva, Pier Antique Show, Gail McLeod

This weekend our friends at U.S. Antique Shows will be announcing their strategic alliance with our friends at Antiques Young Guns U.K. at the Pier Antique Show in NYC at a press conference.  In fact, our very own Divo Andrew Skipper who works at Antiques Diva headquarters will be acting as the ambassador for the Antique Young Guns U.K. based group. How fitting since Andrew is the first bi-continental member, splitting his time between Europe and America where he is from.

Antique Young Guns, Andrew Skipper, U.S. Antique Shows, The Antiques Diva, Pier Antique Show, Gail McLeod

The exclusive licensing agreement will allow U.S. Antique Shows to promote growth, education, and exposure to those in the trade, 39 years old or younger, to an international audience of antiques enthusiasts. The partnership will help develop the next generation of antique dealers and those involved in the antiques trade, which means more connections between the U.K. and U.S.A. Our U.K. Diva Agent Gail McLeod is one of the founders of Antiques Young Guns U.K. which currently boasts almost 100 members along with many established “alumni” acting as mentors to the younger members of the association. Other benefits of membership include online exposure through the Antiques Young Guns marketplace, several buying and selling events throughout the year, and additional recognition in numerous trade and national publications. Members also have the opportunity to win a variety of awards including Antiques Young Gun of the Year.

Toma Clark Haines, The Antiques Diva, Andrew Skipper, Gail McLeod, Judith Miller, George Johnson, English Antiques, Antique Young Guns

The new Antiques Young Guns U.S.A. will host a press conference at the Pier Antique Show, March 28 at 9:30 a.m. which will provide more details on the U.S. program. The Antiques Diva & Co would like to congratulate both groups as many of our friends, sources, and Guides are associated with them. We can’t wait to see what this bridge across the pond will bring for the next generation of antique enthusiasts! Long live antiques!

Cheers,

The Antiques Diva®  

Antique Young Guns in Love

Dear Diva Readers,

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Curated by AYG co-founder George Johnson and AYG of the Year finalist Lily Trunfull, these darlings will present a gorgeously choreographed collection of seriously sexy stock in which to fall in love!  Find a rare c1865 bentwood Thonet rocking chair or an early C19th Scandinavian settee, a vintage lead cherub sculpture for the garden or a late Victorian burr walnut boxed decanter set for the dining room.  And have no fear… should LONDON not be on your travel list this Valentines….  The Antique Young Guns website will also run a virtual Pop Up #AYGINLOVE gallery for one month from 11 February 2015.

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Lillie Road #AYGINLOVE POP UP SHOP
315 Lillie Road, London, SW6 7LL
11-14 February 2015

The shop will be open:
Wednesday 11 February – 12pm – 6pm
Thursday 12 February – 10am – 6pm
Friday 13 February – 10 am – 6 pm
Saturday 14 February -10am – 7.30 pm

Late night opening and drinks party:
Friday 13 February from 7pm till late

Happy Valentines!
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,

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!

 

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,

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.

James Gooch Awards, 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,

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®

 

Greetings From America and Andrew Skipper

Dear Diva Readers,

top: 5px; float: left; color: white; background: #781300; border: 1px solid darkkhaki; font-size: 60px; line-height: 50px; padding-top: 1px; padding-right: 5px; font-family: times;”>You may not know me but I’m Andrew Skipper and I’m one of the team members working behind the scenes at The Antiques Diva® & Co headquarters helping to make the magic happen!  You’ve heard the expression “it takes a village”? You may not realize this but The Antiques Diva® team is comprised of 18 people scattered across the continent.   As for where I’m based…that’s a difficult question to answer.  You see, I live 3 months in Europe then 3 in the USA, then it’s back to Europe for another 3 months then back again to the USA for another 3.  As an American interior designer, antiques dealer and lifestyle expert I was hired to help the company keep a fresh eye on an American perspective.  Toma (aka The Antiques Diva®) has lived outside of America for 14 years and she felt she needed a breath of fresh American air to remind her how we do things in the good old USA.  That’s where I come in… I am from a small town in northern Indiana, USA. So when the opportunity to live and work in Europe came, I was beyond excited! I had been on a tour of Europe just after college, which gave me enough time to do all the “tourist things,” which I loved. But this time I would be traveling throughout Europe for extended periods of time!  I was enamored with the thought of scouring flea markets, warehouses, and antique stores with Toma and her Diva Guides. Who better to introduce me to the antique world in Europe than The Antiques Diva?!

Andrew Skipper Everyday, The Antiques Diva, Vintage Top Hat, Antique Buying Tours in Europe

One thing that attracted me most about this opportunity to work with The Antiques Diva & Co was the European lifestyle—laid back, wine with lunch, beautiful historic surroundings— it all sounded so different from my life in Indiana. I planned to purchase treasures from each place that I travel. What I love about shopping, and antiquing in particular, is that each object has a memory attached to it. Not only the history of its former life, but the memory of how I acquired it.

The Antiques Diva, Tiger Rug, Belgian Antiques, Antique Shopping Tours in Beligum,

Every time I look at an antique tribal urn I purchased in Belgium, I am reminded of the day Toma and I spent, laughing with each other, sipping prosecco with vendors while she lay on a tiger rug (that’s a whole other story!). When I see the collection of pewter trophy cups on my coffee table, I think of my friends Scott and Jennifer, who were always up for hitting the Berlin flea markets with me on the weekends. A horse-hair covered pill box takes me back to the market in Parma, Italy, where I shopped with my new friends Carol Lee and Miller until we finally had to stop for a cappuccino break!  The top hat that hangs on my wall reminds me of my fantastic day spent at the Paris Flea Market with Paris Diva Guide Danielle, and then the macaroons and wine we shared afterward…how divine!

Andrew Skipper Everyday, The Antiques Diva, Vintage Top Hat, Antique Buying Tours in Europe

Andrew Skipper Everyday, The Antiques Diva, Vintage Top Hat, Antique Buying Tours in Europe

The vintage Turkish slippers I purchased in Bath make me laugh out loud, not just because of their fun appearance, but because the day I bought them was filled with laughter with my new friends Diva Agent Gail McLeod, Judith Miller and the Antiques Young Guns. The bird figures resting on my mantel bring back memories of slipping in and out of stalls at the Portobello Market in London with Diva Guide Alys Dobbie then popping into a pub for steak and ale pie. Yum! The antique white collar in my study makes me think of Anna from The Antiques Roadshow and our wonderful day in Antwerp. There are so many more objects and stories…too many to tell here.

Andrew Skipper Everyday, The Antiques Diva, Vintage Top Hat, Antique Buying Tours in Europe

I suppose, after thinking it over, that when I look at these various trinkets, I am taken back to a time and a place, and I am reminded of the people I was with. The people that effected my life and my outlook on the world. I am taken back to conversations— moments spent getting to know strangers who would become new friends.

Perhaps one of the most important lessons my time in Europe has taught me is that we are all more alike than we are unalike.  When it comes right down to it, we all just want to be validated. We want to connect—to know that we matter. We want to be heard.  Underneath the surface we are all asking, “Do you see me?  Do you hear me?” I had this notion that people in Europe would somehow be different from my fellow Americans. And while there are some differences, at the end of the day, we are all on this planet and in this life together. Antiques bring us together by allowing us to share stories.  They help us connect with the past and acknowledge our humanness. Through connecting and sharing, we realize that people are the most important things in life. It’s relationships, not stuff, that truly matter.

Andrew Skipper Everyday, The Antiques Diva, Vintage Top Hat, Antique Buying Tours in Europe

By surrounding ourselves with objects that have a story, we can remember the people in our lives each and every day. That, to me, is the real gift of shopping, antiquing and decorating. Collecting mementos that enrich our everyday lives by bringing back memories of happy times with people who we enjoy. For me, these various treasures are not just pieces of Europe I’ve brought back to America with me. They are pieces of memories, connecting me to the wonderful people who I met and shared some of the best times with. I’d say it’s time to get our there and make some more memories (and purchases!).  Who’s with me?

Andrew Skipper Everyday, The Antiques Diva, Vintage Top Hat, Antique Buying Tours in Europe

Be well,

Andrew Skipper

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