COME BUY WITH US! MAY ANTIQUE TOUR TO EUROPE SPOTLIGHTS NEW SOURCES -- SHIPPING INCLUDED HIDDEN TREASURES AND FRIENDLY PRICES MAKE CENTRAL EUROPE A HOT NEW DESTINATION FOR ANTIQUE HUNTERS. MAY BUYING TRIP FEATURES TRADE SOURCES, SHOPS, WAREHOUSES, CASTLES AND THREE TOP MARKETS IN EUROPE
ANTIQUING OFF THE BEATEN PATH -- JOIN OUR ANTIQUES ROADSHOW “EUROPEAN STYLE” AND TOUR HOT NEW ANTIQUE SPOTS IN MAY – SHIPPING INCLUDED
Philadelphia, PA – March 19, 2007 – Philadelphia-based Heart of Europe Antique Tours today announced the launch of its escorted spring European buying tour for antique aficionados, dealers, designers, collectors and connoisseurs, May 10-20, 2007.
The “Spring Antiques Treasure Hunt” offers an alternative to higher-priced sources in western Europe and focuses on fresh new spots off the beaten path that offer affordable antiques.
The group will visit the glorious old imperial cities of Prague and Nürnberg, several small hill towns and villages along the back roads of eastern Germany and northern Bohemia, and Bonn, the former capitol of Germany. Container shipping is included.
Space is available, and reservations 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 to check availability. Information is available by phone at 1 215.991.9892, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and on the web at www.heartofeuropetours.com.
The tour is designed to take the stress out of antiquing, says dealer Tom Conrad, who will escort the trip. “We take care of the details so participants can focus on ‘the hunt."
The group’s antique tours were featured in "Australian House & Garden" last month (February 2007). The trips have also been covered in "USA Today," the Home section of "The Philadelphia Inquirer," the "Chicago Tribune" and the trade press. Reprints are available at the Heart of Europe Tours website.
"We will see antiques, decor and collectibles in all price ranges, from all periods and in all styles -- formal, vernacular, provincial, country, Baroque, Biedermeier, various 18th - to late-19th Century styles including Louis Philippe, as well as Art Nouveau, Deco, Modernism, up to the 1970s," said Conrad.
The selection is huge – furniture, decorative accessories, smalls, glass, ceramics, porcelain, architectural and garden antiques, art, textiles and clothing, jewelry and buttons, clocks, toys and dolls, folk art, items with original paint, country antiques, Black Forest and specialty items including silver, miniatures, medical, pharmaceutical, technical, sports, advertising, farm, kitchenalia and much more. Tour participants shop tax-free because items purchased for export are exempt from local value-added tax, Conrad explained.
The group will scour old warehouses and factories, shops, auction houses -- evens barns and castles -- foraging for treasures.
In addition to shops and wholesale sources, the May buying tour features dusk-to-dawn shopping at three of the very best antique markets on the Continent.
These include the legendary “Trempelmarkt” in medieval Nürnberg, which is held only twice a year; the biggest antique market in the Czech Republic, known for its variety; and the Rheinaue Market, which stretches four kilometers along the banks of the Rhine. These venues attract sellers from all over Europe and they never fail to please.
“We avoid the well-trodden antiques circuit and the large dealers many people visit. People who gravitate to our