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Unopened Mail – Calendar Update!

top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>Over this past month and a half, having been out of town traversing Europe with my darling dreadlocked 16 year old nephew, a mountain of mail has grown on my desk. Part of the wonderful joy of being The Antiques Diva™ is that I receive copious quantities of snail mail & emails updating me on the happenings in the art & antiques world.

You might think that I’m just incredibly savvy, spending hours doing research on the best art & antiques fairs around (and as I am a notorious insomniac I do surf endlessly at wee hours in the morning), but in fact, more often than not, these show dates & addresses are sent to me in the post on cards or publicity folders to my home business address and I merely share my wealth of resources with you.

I’m the environmentalist’s & postman’s worst nightmare as I’m on everyone who is anyone’s mailing list. As my notoriety as The Antiques Diva™ has grown, these postcards come more frequently often accompanied by handwritten notes saying, “Why don’t you tell your readers about this upcoming show?”

Last night with my nephew safely returned home to his parents after his European tour, I began sorting through the post, tossing out junk mail or expired fair information, and in the rubble I found a few upcoming shows/fairs worth mentioning.

So get your calendar out – The Antiques Diva has a few last minute dates for you!

Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair – June 5 – 15, 2008 – Olympia Exhibition Halls, open daily 11am – 7pm. Over 250 vendors are selling priceless works of art & antiques from almost every period and continent. Very Posh event. Don’t miss the Diamond Lunch next Saturday if you can help it – it’s sure to be brilliant!

31st Foire aux Antiquaires St Germain – June 5 – 15, 2008 – Place St Sulpice, open daily 11am – 8pm. Da Vinci Code fans will find this setting all too familiar as the L’Eglise St Sulpice, from which the square where the fair takes place takes its name, is prominently displayed in the movie. More to my liking is the fact that I’m as likely to find a gorgeous antique to buy as I am to run face to face with Catherine Deneuve (who lives in a gorgeous apartment overlooking the square). Madame Deneuve is spotted annually picking through the brocante in the most elegant of French attire.

tower.jpg”>tower.jpg” width=”84″ border=”0″ />tour-eiffel-paris_362265_42074.htm” target=”_blank”>Salon de L’Antiquite et de L’Art Tour Eiffel – June 6 -16, 2008 – Quai Branly and Pont d’lena, open daily 11am – 8pm. A prestigious fair held at the foot of the Eiffel Tower in beautiful, beautiful Paris. A picture perfect setting for antique shopping!

Modern & Contemporary Art Auction Sotheby’s Amsterdam – Sale: Wednesday 25 June 2008, Public Viewing: 20-23 June daily 10am – 4pm. Highlights of the sale include R 79-2 by Jan Schoonhoven, Music Hall by Jan Wiegers, and Cobra artist Karel Appel’s gouache on paper titled Beest.

The Swan Auction House – Algemene Kunst –En Antiekveiling – Sale dates: June 9 – 24, 2008. De Zwaan is known for the incredibly low prices with which they auction their goods! Furniture items can be snatched up for a song and I know more than one antique dealer in A’dam who buys their inventory here (and then marks it up 20 or 30% from their purchase price – why pay more when you can get it from the antique dealers source)! Check the Auction House website for an exact listing of the various dates the different categories will be auctioned. Of particular interest to me is the June 13 (1pm) auction of antique furniture – specifically chairs, settees, lamps, clocks and barometers!

to-find-my-favorite-french.html” target=”_blank”>Brederode Voorjaarsbrocante 2008 – June 13, 14, 15, 11am – 6pm. This won’t be the first (or last) time you hear me wax poetically about this Secret Sale held inside a private apartment on the Lijnbaansgracht in the Jordaan. Antiques, Home Furnishings, and Garden Décor abound in beautiful tableaus. Make sure you mention that The Antiques Diva ™ sent you!
Lijnbaansgracht 56D (by the Westerstraat), 1015 GS Amsterdam

Viscontea – Casa d’Aste End of the Season Sale – Antiques, Modern & Contemporary Auction – Sale June 26, 2008. Public Viewing: 23 – 25 June, 2008 daily from 10am – 7pm. An auction catalog will be available on the site as the date draws near! And, miraculously, the site is available in English as well as Italian and French. I’ve not bought from here before but am curiously intrigued as I’ve heard good things about them! Should you know anything about this Italian Auction house, please let the Antiques Diva know!

Happy Shopping!

The Antiques Diva™

Special Travel Discounts for Dutch Readers

top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>My friend The Maven doesn’t email often but when she does it is usually an email smacked full of great advice on where to get an incredible bargain! Last year at the Globe Reisburo Mid-Summer Midnight Madness Sale, she managed to find a killer bargain, booking a 3 night trip to South Africa for 199 Euros (including both air + hotel). All her friends were so jealous of her fab find that this time she made sure to tell everyone she knows about this year’s event!

The Maven encourages all you travel-divas to mark your calendars for a super travel sale! May 22nd from 9pm until midnight the Globe Reisburo Mid-Summer Midnight Sale will take place in select locations around The Netherlands. Unfortunately, they never pre-release information on which travel packages will be for sale so you simply have to show up and see what is on offer! Susan, a Canadian expat friend who did some “legwork” trying to find some information on this sale says, “Even the travel agents don’t find out the travel packages on offer until minutes before the sale starts! Everything in their inventory is on a first come – first serve basis, which means plan on arriving at your local Globe office earlier rather than later.” And before dashing out the door, you might want to call in advance to verify that your local Globe Office is participating in the sale as not all shops are included in this mad “avond”.

Travel sales seem to be “tober_2007/frenglish_and_franglaise.htm” target=”_blank”>de rigueur du jour” as my inbox was inundated with special offers this morning. Just in case you don’t receive the same junk mail I do, I thought I’d pass along some information on 2 special sales happening right now! From the 14 – 18 May, Sky Europe is offering their “Big Summer Sale” with airline tickets as low as 19E for one-way tickets to Vienna & Prague for travel between May 26 and Sept 30, while NS Hi Speed is offering a 2 day sale on the 15 & 16 May selling 1st class train tickets for 59 E one-way from Amsterdam to Paris for travel during special weekends in May, June & July.

On a final note, you might have noticed that over the past month I’ve had quite a few “guest bloggers” – that’s because I’ve been away on holiday myself. My 16 year old nephew is in town for a month & a half and we’ve been doing the Grand Tour. He’s getting an upscale version of the typical rite of passage backpacker’s holiday (needless to say I don’t do backpacks, thus the upscale version) as we’re jetting around Europe hitting the capitals (and other sites along the way) as part of his European education! Last week was Berlin, the week before that was London (with a stop in Stonehenge, Oxford & Stratford upon Avon). Next week we’re be off to Brussels followed by a dash to Paris. In between we’re hanging out in Amsterdam taking art lessons with Charissa and hitting some of A’dams best museums. The poor boy has barely had time to sleep or strum his guitar and I’ve not had a moment to blog! Nevertheless, I hope you’ve enjoyed my guest bloggers in my absence! And by the way, if you ever have a tip to share or want to write your own guest blog, feel free to email The Antiques Diva™ at”> to share your guest blog idea!

The Antiques Diva™

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