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And The Winner Is….

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Dear Diva Readers,

top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>You must be dying to know who won The Antiques Diva La Rentree Giveaway of the to-the-fleas/id380432477?mt=8″>Paris Apartment iPhone application Key’s to the Fleas…. Drum roll please…. And the winner is Patricia van Essche, the bloggess and creative genius behind PVE DESIGN.

When I drew Patricia’s name out of the hat, I knew I had to tell you about her! PVE Design offers a wide array of design sevices including illustration, decorative and pattern design. Not only can you hire Patricia for your special projects, but you can also shop her online Etsy shop for gorgeous note cards and original works of art by Patricia!

While you’re in the shopping mood, don’t forget that you can also buy to-the-fleas/id380432477?mt=8″>Paris Apartment’s Keys to the Fleas online before your next Paris trip!

Until next time,

The Antiques Diva™

La Rentree Giveaway with Paris Apartment iPhone Application

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top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>All across Paris, store windows and restaurants are celebrating. “C’est La Rentree!” announces “It’s the Return” from vacation!

In Paris the entire city goes away for their summer “holiday” in August. As my husband works for a French company, we too take August for a month away. This year my darling niece visited us for her Grand Tour and August was awhirl with travel – trips to Paris, Prague and London book-ended nearly a month away in Italy visiting Tuscany, Florence, Cinque Terre, Venice and Rome. You’ll be reading about our summer holidays over the next month as I catch up on my blogging, but today the French sentiment of “La Rentree” is my word-du-jour as I return to life post-vacation!

As I am always a fan of combining work with pleasure, I wanted to start this Fall Antiques Diva Season off with a special giveaway in conjunction with the fabulous Claudia Strasser, author of the beautiful Paris Apartment blog.

to 10px; WIDTH: 400px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 265px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_kcTb8DnPVW4/TJho4mPhUFI/AAAAAAAAFIE/n7XlArday_E/s400/claudia+strasser.jpg” border=”0″ />Claudia is a professional shopper, French flea market guide and author of The Paris Apartment: Romantic Decor on a Flea Market Budget. And she’s created something Diva Readers need to know about – an iPhone application called tothefleas.com/”>”Keys to the Fleas” the first in a series of mobile application guides for navigating the flea markets of the world.

to 10px; WIDTH: 400px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 294px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_kcTb8DnPVW4/TJho4wxxDjI/AAAAAAAAFIM/j9pQtryOnoo/s400/Keys+to+the+Fleas.jpg” border=”0″ />This application for iPhones is an insider’s guide, written as a trade resource for flea market lovers. For those in the know, Paris is full of treasures. The key to finding them is knowing where and when to look, and with this iPhone application the information is just a click away. The app is a wealth of information for buyers, decorators, Francophiles and is the perfect companion for all travelers, from the armchair to those planning serious buying trips. It has everything you’ll need to shop like a pro and includes maps, shippers, Métro stops, bus routes, hours, and of course, local haunts where you can kick back and admire your treasures over a café au lait!

While you can order your to-the-fleas/id380432477?mt=8#”>“Keys to the Fleas” for only $1.99, this week we’re offering a special Antiques Diva – Paris Apartment Giveaway so that one of my fabulous readers can win their very own “Key’s To the Fleas”.
To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment telling why you love Paris. Next week on Wednesday 29 September I’ll put all the names in a hat and draw one winner!!!
Bonne Shopping,

The Antiques Diva™
(seen right with Claudia Strasser of Paris Apartment)

Rau Antiques – The Armory Show NYC

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top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>The lesson of the day is that the contacts in a Diva’s “Little Black Book” are worth their weight in gold – or rather make that jewels, fine art and authentic Versailles furniture! I’ve just added a contact to my address book that will have you swooning.

to 10px; WIDTH: 288px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 400px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_kcTb8DnPVW4/TJXKtv6TDuI/AAAAAAAAFHc/aFBTG8-OTPM/s400/Rau3.jpg” border=”0″ />A scheduling conflict had my smile turned positively upside down to miss both the Biennale des Antiquaires in Paris and The Armory Show in NYC. You know my motto reads “Love antiques, will travel for world-class antique fairs and flea markets”…so you can imagine my sorrow at having to sit out not just one, but two. While moaning to friend and business contact Saxon Henry of Roaming by Design over my misfortune, Sax had the perfect solution to my problems. While she couldn’t clone me so I could be in two places at once, she could introduce me to a friend of hers who just so happened to be attending both events this fall. The next best thing to being in both Paris and New York is knowing someone who will be – someone who could fill in both me and my readers on the crème de la crème of these antiques events so that even when I’m home on the range I won’t miss a moment of the action.

to 10px; WIDTH: 400px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 266px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_kcTb8DnPVW4/TJXKsMoJo0I/AAAAAAAAFHE/HMbAFQxza38/s400/Champagne-in-Paris.jpg” border=”0″ />Enter “Candid Kellogg,” the soupcon of style, whose jet set life has me wanting an upgrade on my frequent flyer account. As I type back at the office in Berlin, Candid Kellogg is living la diva loca in Paris, sipping champagne and making me green with envy… Just like “snap, crackle, pop,” Kellogg sets aside her crystal flute to share with Diva Readers a contact from her little black book to yours.

Candid Kellogg writes:

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Bill Rau, the third generation owner of this venerable, prestigious antiques and fine arts gallery based on Royal Street in New Orleans since 1911, has a master’s eye when it comes to acquiring spot-on antiques and, lately, pedigreed fine art, a category that has shown a marked increase in the past 18 months.

Rau Antiques is a sprawling 30,000 sq ft gallery, with a neighboring townhouse called Le Salon, which offers the connoisseur and visitor to New Orleans an impeccable and historical tour of 18th and 19th century decorative arts.

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If Candid Kellogg has you salivating for more fine art and antiques, you must visit Rau Antiques Booth at The Armory Fair this fall.

Antiques & Art at the Armory
September 30 – October 3, 2010


Antiques and Art at the Armory features more than 50 dealers from around the world, specializing in high-end antiques and art. The show is vetted to ensure the highest quality and assurance of authenticity.

Special thanks to “Candid Kellogg” and her touch down from Paris! And stay tuned for more!

Until Next Time,

The Antiques Diva™

Antiques Diva Podcast: From Poubelle to Puce: The Origins of the Paris Flea Market

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top: 2px; padding-right: 5px; font-family: times;”>In the annals of famous French men, Eugène Poubelle gets a seriously bum rap, having been all but forgotten by the sands of time. The innovative, forward-thinking of one man led to the clean-up of the city of light, and in today’s Antiques Diva Podcast I’ll tell you how inadvertently – thanks to he and his amies efforts – “les puce de Paris”, the famed French flea markets, were born.

 

Eugène Poubelle is the Poubelle of poubelle fame and trash containers wouldn’t be called poubelle in French if it weren’t for his contribution. This is the man who introduced the dust bin to Paris, and inadvertently, thanks to his efforts, les puces de Paris—the famed French flea markets—were born… the chiffoniers had began to see the benefit of the Parisians sorting their trash and instead of openly working during daylight hours they stole through the city by moonlight, picking the best of the bundles. The next day they would return to their post at the Porte de Clignancourt and the Porte de Vanves and Montreuil where they set up shop in makeshift shanty towns, selling the bric-a-brac they had found the night before.

While the goods for sale were intriguing, there was one flaw to the plan: often the goods for sale were infested with fleas, leading the Parisians to call an outing to the markets at the edge of town as going to “the fleas,” hence les puces de Paris.” Thanks to Monsieur Poubelle et ses amis the Marché aux Puces de Paris/St-Ouen flea market was born and today each weekend you still find flea markets at these same city gates. The rest is history. Rumor has it, the Paris Flea Market now boasts more visitors per year than the Eiffel Tower.

To read the entire article on the origins of the Paris Flea Market as published in the Bonjour Paris Newsletter, read tory/poubelle-puce-origins-paris-flea-market/”>“From Poubelle to Puce”.

Until next time,

The Antiques Diva™

Antiques Diva Podcast: A Daily Cup of Joe with Peugeot Frere

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Before there was the flagship store on the Champs Elysee – in fact even well before Monsieur Peugeot encountered Herr Daimler and decided that the automobile was the way of the future – the famous French Peugeot famille was known for making a simple coffee mill. Today the flea markets are ripe with their 19th C relics and in today’s Antiques Diva™ podcast I discuss how this famed antique French coffee grinder works as well today as they did in yesteryear.

If you’d rather read than listen, why not read the original article titled tory/daily-cup-joe-peugeot-freres/”>“A Daily Cup of Joe with Peugeot Frere” which I wrote for the Bonjour Paris newsletter!

Until next time,

The Antiques Diva™

P.S. If after listening to this podcast, should you happen to have a hankering for your own Antique French Peugeot Frere Coffee Mill, I happen to know a great place you can get one! We have one in inventory – not yet up on our site – at our online store “Treasures” by The Antiques Diva™! Inquire for details toma@antiquesdiva.com

Les Soldes Paris – The Diva’s Bargain Shopping Route

READER WARNING!

If you are not a serious bargain shopper, do not bother reading any further.

top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>I like Louis Vuitton, Valentino and Loubouton as much as the rest of you, but in fact, I hate to spend money on clothes. I’d rather spend my euro on antiques and on travel, thus, I shop only a few times a year and always buy bottom-dollar on sale. I save the Hermes, Chanel and Dior purchases as presents from my husband – putting in requests years in advance on “major wants” so that I have time to drop continual hints until he picks up on it and eventually returns home with little blue sacks and the like.

In today’s blog I’m going to take you on a tour of my favorite stores in Paris – in fact, I’m going to walk you through the very route I shop twice a year at the Paris sales. Not only that, but I’m also going to fess up, showing some of my most sensational buys. I might play the diva on the internet, but I was a “recessionista before the recession was cool”. You can blame it on my CFO-husband if you like – he’s all about the numbers, budgeting and the like – but truth be told, even without his ever-present spreadsheet, I love nothing more than a bargain! I have dozens of cocktails dresses, but would you believe I’ve purchased one of those dazzling dresses for as low as 15 Euro, marked down from 300 Euro, at the Paris sales?

And of course, while I’m out shopping for bargain fashion, I always tend to find myself stumbling into antique shops, decorating stores and specialty boutiques… They don’t call me The Antiques Diva™ for nothing, after all.

So set back, fasten your seat belt and get ready to

STOP

DROP

and

SHOP!

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The Antiques Diva Exclusive Bargain Shopping Paris’ Les Soldes

When: Day One – The Paris Sales
Repeat Route: Last Week Paris Sales

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9.00 am – Get waitress’ attention, “l’addition, s’il vous plait”.

9.30 am – Attempt repeatedly to flag down waitress. Waitress expertly ignores my pleas. Eventually lets me pay my bill and I remind myself that I’ve made my first mistake of the day: bring correct change next time. I walk out the door and across street to O & Co at #28 Rue de Buci. They often don’t do “les soldes” but I pick up some Mandarin Orange Olive Oil and soap even though they are not on sale. Second mistake of the day: only shop for sales. Time is money. And using time to shop for non-sale items isn’t maximizing my day. I’d best get better.

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9.55 am – I wait at the door for the store to unlock at 10am. Store clerk sees me and 4 other ladies lingering and she takes pity on us, opening the door early. My favorite brands are all on sale at Allison – Antiek Batik, Maje, See by Chloé and Paul & Joe. For the sales they mark clothes down with dots, everything with green dot 50E, blue dot 75E, red dot 100E, black dot 150E etc… I walk past all these dots at the front of the tiny store and work my way to the back of the store. Along the far wall they usually post their serious sales here.

Would you believe I bought this dress below for only 15E at Allison? Marked down from 300E – granted the price was majorly inflated to begin with, but at 15E I would have been stupid not to have bought it. In fact, my friend The Swiss Miss bought the same dress at the same time!

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And this one for only 30E? Marked down from 150E

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Both dresses were purchased at Allison several summers apart! Don’t I look young in this last picture? I was in my late 20’s! My how time flies!

10.30 am – Cross the street (Rue de Buci) to tores/73.store_paris.6.htm” target=”_blank”>Taschen Book Store and check out the sale table sitting outside for calendars as well as travel, decorating and art books. I stock up on hosting presents.

10.45 am – Turn right from Rue de Buci onto Rue de l’Ancienne Comedie (but before doing so, I jog back to the left on Rue Mazarine to peek into some art gallery windows). To relieve guilt of any further spending which is about to commence, I go to # 3 ton.html” target=”_blank”>Café Coton and pick up a f
ew French-cuff dress shirts for my husband. He looks dazzling in French blue.

11.05 am – Duty fulfilled, I walk down a few doors to # 7 and hit Rene Derhy for casual prêt a porter and brightly colored summer dresses. Another bargain scored! I picked this sweet casual summer sundress ½ price for 35E.

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11.20 am – From Rue de l’Ancienne Comedie, I cross Boulevard St. Germain to Rue de Conde and turn right onto Rue St. Sulpice. First stop, # 23 today.com/travel/destinations/cityguides/paris/wheretoshop.htm+Marie+Merci+23+Rue+St+Sulpice&cd=2&hl=en&ct=clnk” target=”_blank”>Marie Mercie, a husband and wife hat-making team that sells off-the-rack and haute couture hats that are simply to die for. Women’s hats (not on sale) will set you back a hefty 180E, while men’s hats run 100E. Even if I’m not in the market to buy a new hat, I go inside and dream, wishing I had more occasions when I could wear a hat.

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This hat I didn’t buy at Marie Mercie, but instead picked up almost 7 years ago in Provence. I paid 30E at the time and it’s served me well.

11.30 am – I drop by # 23 J.C. Martinez Gravure Anciennes to check out the antique prints, maps, etchings and lithographs. Next stop at # 29 – Maison de Famille.

Noon – “Les Soldes” are too serious and time is too precious to stop for lunch. The breakfast escargots have long since been burned up by the power shopping and now I’m looking for a vendor selling “hot dog on baguette with horseradish”. I chuckle to myself over how it sounds like I said “oat dog” instead of hot dog when I pronounce the word in French.

Rewind. Back-up.

Noon Version 2 – If I’m shopping with my husband, I return to 81, Rue de Seine for entrecote frites at Peres et Filles. Husband returns home/hotel to sleep off lunch.

I continue back to St Sulpice – Resume Tour.

Whilst eating my hot dog lunch, I pause in the square in front of Eglise Saint Sulpice to admire church now of DaVinci Code fame. I search the crowds for Catherine Deneuve exiting her apartment overlooking the square.

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From the Place St Sulpice I follow Vieux Colombier towards Rue de Sevres, turn left passing bizarre statue of man-horse at Carrefour de Croix Rouge. I’ve always meant to stop and read the plaque, but there is no time for that today.

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12.30 pm I window shop my way down Rue de Sevre towards Le Bon Marche, stopping at # 22, Furla offers excellent handbag sales.

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14.00 hours – Exit Le Bon Marche onto the Rue de Bac, crossing the street to enter Le Grand Epicerie (Le Bon Marche’s grocery store) to pick up a few picnic essentials to eat under the trees in a small park overlooking the Eiffel Tower. WG and I love sneaking picnics of foie gras and chocolate, champagne and strawberries when we’re in Paris.

14.30 hours – I begin walking from Bon Marche down the Rue de Bac towards Boulevard St Germain, zigzagging across the street to hit # 101 Magna Carta and on corner of Rue de Varene an excellent linen store today.com/travel/extraday/paris/shop.htm” target=”_blank”>Diners en Ville. On the opposite side of road, I watch for # 122 Farman Aviation Antiques to seek out a present for my husband who is hobby pilot. Then off to #116 toir.com/adresses-magasins-vetements.html” target=”_blank”>Le Grand Comptoir, picking up cute accessories for my home at bargain-bin prices and to #108 A La Mine d’Argent for all my silver needs. Then it’s time for the gorgeous home decorating store at #104 Blanc d’Ivoire and at # 100 Du Bout du Monde with its eclectic finds.

One of my favorite Bout du Monde purchases was this star-shaped candle-holder on sale for 12E.

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Oh yes! This reminds me, see the iron garden bench in the background of this picture above? Here’s a better look below…

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16.00 hours – Turn right from Rue de Bac onto Boulevard St. Germain, shopping in the direction of Eglise St Germain. Hit Fragonard at #196 for perfume and travel accessories, wonderful hosting presents and birthday packages and then Gerard Darel at #174 – keeping my eyes peeled for the 75% off stickers! When shopping the sales one day with Lady Lotus, I found a black silk skirt with a 150E multi-colored butterfly print skirt on sale for 38E. Sadly, though I wear it often, I can’t find a photo of myself in it.

18.00 hours – Exhausted, I stop for a glass of rosé wine at Les Deux Magots. Text my husband from my mobile. “Missing u. Join me 4 drink?” which is code for “I have too many sacks to carry on my own.” I sit, people-watching, believing if I sit here long enough, I watch all the world walk by.

Bonne Shopping and Bonne Chance scoring “les bon marches”!

The Antiques Diva™
(seen right with Le Financier of today’s shopping expedition!)

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Ask The Antiques Diva™ – Bonjour Paris

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top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>Each month I write a column for Bonjour Paris Newsletter titled “Ask The Antiques Diva™”. In this month’s column a Parisian party planner takes time off from the hectic world of weddings to plan her own vacation in the Paris of the East. I dish out advice, giving her best bets for buying antiques in Budapest. From the Ecseri Flea Market to Falk Miksa utca, I explain why I think Budapest is called the Paris of the East!

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Until next time, Happy Reading!

The Antiques Diva™

Mark your agenda! This Sunday, June 6, in Holland – The Ambassador Fair

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Dear Diva Readers,

You’re cordially invited to join me at my table at ton.nl/ambassador/ambassador-fair-,events_viewItem_40-en.html”>The Ambassador Fair this Sunday, June 6, 2010 at the Carlton Hotel on Sophialaan in The Hague!

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You’ve done Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels and Berlin with The Antiques Diva European Shopping Tours – Now it’s time to shop “Treasures” by The Antiques Diva! While you can always shop our online brocante or view our entire collection by visiting our Show House by-appointment in near The Hague, this weekend we’ll be appearing at ton.nl/ambassador/ambassador-fair-,events_viewItem_40-en.html”>The Ambassador Fair in The Hague alongside a variety of antiques dealers, artisans and area restaurants in an official fete being opened by Den Haag’s Deputy Mayor Peter Smit! The fair is organized in close cooperation with De Pure Markt, Sommelier for a Day, The American Women’s Club of The Hague and The Local Expat.

And you’re invited to join the fun – with FREE Admittance to the fair!

When:
11am-5pm Sunday June 6, 2010

Where:
Carlton Hotel
Sophialaan, Den Haag

For more details ton.nl/ambassador/ambassador-fair-,events_viewItem_40-en.html”>visit The Carlton Ambassador website.

A SNEAK PEEK at a few of our items for sale at The Ambassador Fair and By Appointment at our Show House near The Hague.

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All this PLUS so much more!!!! I can’t wait to see you at The Ambassador Fair in The Hague… And if you can’t make it, never fear, you can always shop online at “Treasures” by The Antiques Diva™ or visit our by-appointment-only shop near The Hague!

Bonne Shopping,

The Antiques Diva™

Bonjour Paris – Ask The Antiques Diva™

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top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>In my tory/ask-antiques-provence/”>“Ask The Antiques Diva™” column from this month’s Bonjour Paris Newsletter, a reader writes in to ask about “Antiquing in Provence”. I discuss my favorite flea markets in Provence and recommend an essential book for travelers in France. Plus, I share tips on why you should and why you should not shop in l’Isle sur la Sorgue!

tory/ask-antiques-provence/”>Click Here to read the article at Bonjour Paris – the definitive guide to France!

Until Next Time,

The Antiques Diva™

P.S. Email me at to:toma@antiquesdiva.com”>toma@antiquesdiva.com to find out how you can get a FREE Bonjour Paris Premium Membership (a $39 value)!

Photo Credits:
Angelica Arbulu Photography

In The Press and Around the Blogosphere

Dear Diva Readers,

top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>I feel like bursting into song, “Thanks for the memories….” Wait – make that “Thanks for the mentions…”! I’ve been overwhelmed these last 2 weeks by mentions In the Press and Around the Blogosphere! It started a few weekends ago when I was floating thru Rugen Island with my husband and felt a little vibration in my pocket. Google alert was buzzing on my Blackberry to let me know that I’d been featured in the quarterly print and digital magazine Fearless Woman Magazine – a publication committed to spotlighting successful women and giving valuable learning lessons to women currently defining and exploring their career paths.

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Add these great bloggers and this new magazine to you reading list!!!

Thanks for the Memories!

The Antiques Diva™

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