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Upcoming Antiques Fairs from Paris to New York

You’ve heard La Reine wax poetically about Paris’ popular Salon D’Antiquites Brocante at the Place de la Bastille in prior posts. Needless to say as soon as Joel Garcia sent an email telling their upcoming dates I knew that inquiring minds needed the scoop – so mark your calendars shoppers! Over 400 antiquaires et brocanteurs will set up shop this May following this year’s theme “L’EVASION…LES VOYAGES…LE LOINTAIN”.

Salon D’Antiquites et Brocante
Place de Bastille – Paris
7 – 17 May, 2009
Hours: 11am – 7pm daily
Admission: 8 Euro


Meanwhile, back on the other side of the pond, The Contessa has shared another diva-worthy tip: The Pier Show in New York City will be held this weekend for the last time until November 2009! You better come quick for this is a LAST MINUTE DIVA ANNOUNCEMENT!

The Pier Show – NYC
March 14 -15, 2009
New Hours: 10am – 6pm on BOTH DAYS
Admission – $15
Do Note: All exhibits will be held in ONE building – Pier 94, 12th Avenue @ 55th Street, NYC

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Stella Show’s shares some excellent tips for shoppers new to The Pier Show:

If you can’t be there early Saturday, come later…your Saturday admission includes a courtesy pass to return on Sunday.

– Pick up a show guide or just bring a pen to note where you want to go back to – it’s a big show, you think you’ll remember but it’s hard.

– Bring a shopping bag – there’s shipping for the big stuff but there are TONS of fab smalls at great prices. I think you’ll find something.

– Park in one of the neighborhood lots or on the street on Sunday (when you don’t have to feed the meters) instead of on the roof of the Piers – it’s cheaper… or if you came by cab take The Pier’s free shuttle back to midtown (runs every hour till 3 and then every half hour till closing.)

– Bring your measurements and paint chips – the furniture, art and textiles are incredible. I’m still kicking myself over the pink, yes pink, kitchen table that sold while I was seeing if it would fit.

– There’s an ATM and many dealers take checks and credit cards but cash is still king with antiques dealers. (The ATM has been known to run out of cash).

– Bring a friend and pick a place to meet before you go in – there is not a PA for folks who lose each other.

– It’s fun to just look too. Each booth has a different style and dealers come in from all over. It’s like going to 500 shops as different as Tiffany is from Target.

USA Edition – Guest Blog – Save the Date New York

Dear Diva Readers,

Save the Date! Mark your calendar – March 14-15, 2009! This is the last big collecting event in New York City until fall.

  • 500 Shops and Galleries in ONE building. Pier 94 12th Ave., @55th St., NY
  • Fabulous and Affordable Furniture, Jewelry, Silver, Ceramics
  • Industrial Arts, Collectibles, Fashion, Art and so much more!

From tea towels to Tiffany and way beyond… you’ll find it at the Pier Show.

NEW HOURS: 10-6pm on Saturday and Sunday

Admission: $15
(But take a hint and watch the NY Times on Fridays in February for a discount admission coupons)

For More Details: visit stellashows

By the way, Dealers, this show is made with you in mind! Dealer Specials (of up to 50% off certain items) are being compiled and will be emailed to registered dealers prior to the show.

While there, check out the Glass, Rug & Furniture Restoration & Conservation booth as well as the Toy, Memorabilia & Pop Culture Appraisals

Coming to you LIVE FROM NEW YORK,

The Contessa

Roving Reporter La Reine Recommends Reading This Week

Dear Antiques Diva™,

Your Roving Reporter is slowly recovering from the great NYC heat wave this weekend…we didn’t hit triple-digits, but with the high humidity, it certainly felt like it. I went to our west balcony overlooking the Hudson River and tried to catch some breeze on my chaise longue, while flipping through my growing pile of unopened magazines. I subscribe to Bon Appetit, Gourmet, and Saveur (as well as another 5 or 10 other magazines.) When I lived in Europe I was used to paying around $10 per issue, so when I moved back to the USA, getting a whole year of issues for $10 was such a bargain I couldn’t help myself…now I just have to read them all!

On top of the pile of unread magazines was my first issue of Food and Wine Magazine, July 2008, which I am somehow getting for free. As I slowly flipped the pages, admiring the pictures of all the foods it is much too hot to cook, I came across an article on collecting French kitchen utensils. One of the authors’ favorites is copper pots, which I have spent hours evaluating in brocantes, puces and vide greniers throughout France. While reading the article, I quickly realized that the authors are the owners of one of my favorites web shops Objects Objects. Sadly their list of recommended shopping venues are all in Paris and none in NYC where they too live (I’ll have to ask them for some local shopping tips!), but the article, and the web shop, are a wonderful opportunity for your own armchair shopping or perfect if you’re planning a trip to Paris! I knew Antiques Diva™ readers would be interested to see this article!

If you can’t find the magazine, check the article out online! But note: there are 3 related articles…check them all out to find the full information.

Can’t talk now, have to go shopping!

La Reine

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