AFFORDABLE ANTIQUES IN EUROPE? FIND THEM IN MARCH ON A PRE-SEASON BUYING TRIP -- SHIPPING INCLUDED Antiquing off the radar screen in Europe - - March antique buying trip spotlights fresh sources and affordable antiques. Only a few spaces left.
AFFORDABLE ANTIQUES IN EUROPE? FIND THEM OFF THE RADAR SCREEN ON A PRE-SEASON ANTIQUES BUYING TRIP ALONG THE BACK ROADS OF EUROPE – SHPPING INCLUDED
Philadelphia, PA – February 21, 2007 – Antique buffs, dealers and designers from across the U.S. will be scouring warehouses, shops, trade sources and markets along Europe’s least-known Antiques Circuit for ten days this spring as part of an insiders’ buying tour offered March 27-April 5, 2007 by Heart of Europe Tours, based in Philadelphia.
The March buying trip offers an alternative to higher-priced antiques in Western Europe and focuses on fresh new sources with affordable antiques. Prague, Leipzig and several other stops along the Antiques Circuit in Central Europe are included.
Space is available, and reservations for the tour are still being accepted, but the number of spots is limited. Antiquers who are interested in joining the group should contact Heart of Europe Tours soon. International participants from Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, E.U. countries and elsewhere are welcome. Details are available at www.heartofeuropetours.com , by phone at +1 215.991.9892 or by email at email@example.com.
Tour participants will trawl old warehouses, shops, auction houses, markets -- evens convents and castles -- foraging for treasures. "We will be seeing furniture, architectural and garden antiques, art, smalls and collectibles in all price ranges, from all periods and in all styles -- formal, vernacular, Country, Provincial, Baroque, Biedermeier, various mid- to late-19th Century styles, Art Nouveau, Deco, Black Forest, Lodge and more," said Tom Conrad, a dealer who will lead the trip. Most antiques for export are tax-free.
People who gravitate toward Heart of Europe Tours are usually hoping to find a different kind of antiquing trip, according to the company. Antique buffs and designers from the U.S. who buy in Europe tend to go to France, the UK, Belgium and the Netherlands, where prices are generally higher.
“We veer off the beaten path and concentrate on parts of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire and the old kingdoms of Saxony, Franconia and Bohemia, where few Americans hunt for antiques,” says Conrad. Antiques are more affordable there despite the weak dollar. “Central Europe is the most-overlooked antiques region on the continent -- that’s why it’s the best place to shop,” he added.
The Pre-Season Antiques Tour includes Prague and Leipzig, two of the most glorious imperial cities in Central Europe. The group will also visit shops and warehouses in hill towns and villages in the Bohemian Highlands and eastern Germany. “We’re also planning dawn-to-dusk visits to two of the largest and best antique markets in the region. They are always chock-full of furniture, décor, estate goods, collectibles and other treasures, and they never fail to please,” says Conrad.
Transatlantic container shipping is included in the tour, so participants can concentrate on antiquing without having to worry about how they will get their treasures home. The trip is designed to take the stress out of antiquing. “We take care of all the details so