News-Antique.com - Jul 06,2007 - Many in the UK antiques trade acknowledge that exchange rates between America and Britain are not currently at their most favourable, but many are reporting that trade so far in 2007 has actually been their best period for several years, though in some cases profit margins need to be scrutinised more than ever. Hence the Dollar when buying directly from the British antiques trade is currently making some excellent returns.
The key elements to make any antiques buying visit in Britain cost effective are planning, sourcing and contacts. On the downside bringing these rudiments together effectively can be time consuming and even some professional US antiques buyers who visit Britain on a regular basis and want to make new contacts find this process tedious and not always as productive as they might have hoped for. For the private buyer attempting to arrange a trans Atlantic antiques buying visit can be daunting and often dismissed at the first hurdle.
Ron Heath owner of the Great British Antiques Web has built a database of the British antiques trade over several years, which can be searched online at gbaw.co.uk. Ron says, “Increasingly we have been asked for advice and information on planning an antiques visit to Britain, by combining the information we have stored and our local knowledge we have a vast resource to draw on, this has prompted us to launch our Great British Antiques Tours”.
Offering the service to both professionals and private buyers Great British Antiques Tours bring together the key elements as mentioned above - Planning, Sourcing and Contacts. By simply supplying a list of requirements Ron adds, “We work with our clients to source their needs and create a list of items for preferred viewing in a scheduled itinerary. Overnight stops are arranged and we introduce our clients to shippers, we also monitor the collection of all purchases to the point of export”.
To ensure clients visits are at their most productive, tours start with a meet and greet service at all British airports and are quickly on the road to their first pre arranged visit. Alternatively customers can be collected from almost any hotel. Wherever possible if clients are a little flexible on their dates every effort is made to include at least one antiques fair in the schedule that is likely to meet with the items that are being sought.
The Great British Antiques Web contact details.
Telephone within USA 276-565-7165.