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Amsterdam Open Door Days

Dear Diva Readers,

This time of year is my favorite – brocanting is in full swing across Europe!!!  And Amsterdam is no exception – but in typical Dutch fashion they put their own twist on the antique season. Rather than spreading the antiques and vintage finds across the streets, several savvy antique dealers in the Jordaan have joined together to promote The Open Door Days!!

This weekend and next in Amsterdam several antique dealers are inviting you “chez them” – into their private residence to antique shop in their chic surroundings!!! Two of my favorite Dutch dealers are participating in the Open Door Days – Annette Brederode and Johan de Feijters. 

Chez Annette Brederode
Lijnbaangracht 56D
1015 GS Amsterdam
27th – 29th May 11am to 6pm

And also:
Chez Johan de Feijters
Bloemgracht 58
1015 TL Amsterdam
20 – 22 May, 2011
27 – 29 May 2011
from 12:00 to 8pm

While visiting Annette & Johan ask about where you can find other dealers participating in this weekend event! They’ll be happy to direct you to additional secret addresses open these few days only!

Read past Antiques Diva blog posts on this special weekend to see some sights from former sales and visit Johan’s online store!

Happy Shopping,
The Antiques Diva®

Amsterdam’s Best Kept Secret – Annette Brederode’s Open Door Days

Dear Diva Readers,

Over the past few years I’ve come to eagerly anticipate the arrival of postcards from Annette Brederode, announcing her twice-annual “Secret Sales” – known locally as “Open Door Days” in Amsterdam, where Annette literally throws open the doors to her private residence and lets you shop your heart out inside her living room. This is a woman with Style – and do note that is style with a capital “S”! She oozes good taste and then combines that flair with innovative and creative ideas, putting together eclectic finds and traditional French antiques in a manner that inspires! After a visit into her shop-in-her-home, you’ll want to go home yourself and redecorate. Apparently I’m not the only one who feels this way, for she (and her home) has been featured time and time again in Dutch decorating magazines! Her shop doesn’t have a store front and she doesn’t run a website or advertise. Instead her Secret Sales dates tend to be spread via word-of-mouth along with her twice-annual post-cards announcing the dates to former clients. This year’s post card (see image above) came with a note attached “No Old Shoes, Simply Antiques”, and the following explanation:

“Dear Diva,

This is my new invitation – I needed a break from my yearly beautiful cards picturing the things that I sell. This old shoe is over 100 years old. I found it in Italy and it symbolizes the beauty of things that we don’t throw away, but keep instead, until they themselves are antiques.
Warm Regards,

Annette Brederode
Lijnbaansgracht #56D

The sale takes place on the 3rd floor in an inconspicuous building. Ring the buzzer and climb the stairs for shopping paradise! When you’re finished here pop over to Johan de Feijters Secret Sale!

Dec 11-13, 2009

Loving the concept of appreciating the beauty in all things, I knew I had to share her words with you in addition to sharing some pics I took recently while visiting Annette Brederode’s private shop with Diva Clients. Mark your calendars for Dec 11-13, 2009. Should you miss the sale dates, do note that you can book a private appointment to visit Annette’s home/shop at your convenience!

A few items for sale Chez Brederode:

This painted armoire has a patina like I’ve never seen before! And I love the long, rustic farm house table!

You can’t help but wonder how far this funny little gnome has traveled!

I considered buying these peacock feathers for my mother-in-law, but the real draw in this picture for me is the clustering of vintage and antique bird cages in the background. What unique décor!

This “Koffie” canister would be adorable in my kitchen and the woven table takes me back to yesteryear, memories of summer wine and eating fresh strawberries off the bush!

Here one of my clients is in a serious quandary – “Which should I buy?” she asked! My response: “Both!”

That gnome keeps making an appearance. I love how light and airy this room is!

Another Diva client pondered the “café au lait” bowls.

These pics are just the tip of the iceberg. Look back at some past Diva posts to see more of Annette’s sensational inventory!

Read This One: Brederode Secret Antiques

Or what about this one: Last Chance!

Happy Shopping!

The Antiques Diva™

Open Door Days – Amsterdam – Johan de Feijter

Dear Diva Readers,

Long-term Diva Readers will have heard me dish time and time again about the incredible “Secret Sale” – The Open Door Days at Johan de Feijter’s Amsterdam antiques shop! You’ll want to drop what you’re doing and clear your agenda to make this December’s sale in the Jordaan!

Sensational finds can be found two weekends this December 2009!
11 – 13 December, 2009
18 – 20 December, 2009

Johan de Feijter
Bloemgracht 58

For a sneak peak at the fabulous French inventory available during these Open Door dates, check out these gorgeous pictures of Johan’s shop!

If this isn’t eye candy, I don’t know what is!??! I’m simply drooling…. Buy your Christmas gifts or better yet, buy something for yourself!

While at Johan’s make sure when paying for your many purchases that you ask for directions to the nearby shops participating in the Open Door Days. Johan has some sensational addresses up his sleeve and he’s always happy to share his secrets!
As always, Happy Shopping and Happy Holidays!

The Antiques Diva™

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

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 “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!

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 Amsterdam – to see his beautiful collection of antique canes.

Enjoy these wonderful treats!

The Antiques Diva

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