Fall Antiques Tour to Europe -- Fresh Dealers, Dollar-Stretching Destinations and Tax-Free Shopping Shop for antiques at three of the best markets and some of the least-known shops and wholesalers in Europe. Escorted buying tour includes transatlantic container shipping.
News-Antique.com - Aug 06,2008 - Philadelphia, PA -- August 6, 2008 -- Join a small group of antique buffs for an escorted buying trip like no other! The dates are September 25-October 4, 2008. We’ll be combing one of Europe’s richest but least-known antiques regions. The expedition includes three of the top antiques markets in Europe and tons of under-the-radar dealers.
You’ll visit two imperial cities, two top UNESCO World Heritage sites and scour shops, galleries, warehouses, factories and barns. You won’t only see the highlights – you’ll get into the nooks and crannies too. The trip includes Leipzig, Prague, Bamberg plus small towns and villages off the beaten track in Eastern Germany and Central Bohemia (Czech Republic).
The tours have been featured in Country Living, USA Today, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Australian House and Garden and the trade press.
Who doesn’t love a bargain? “Central Europe is the place to look for antiques and design objects right now,” according to Philadelphia-based dealer Tom Conrad, who will lead the fall trip.
“France, Italy, the UK and Belgium have grown expensive. We focus on Central Europe because the antiques market there is underdeveloped and prices are much friendlier than in Western Europe.”
“Given the strong Euro, we’ve made it a priority to spotlight markets and dealers where buyers from the U.S. can stretch their dollar. We avoid tourist-oriented shops. The dealers we visit have a great selection and are eager to move their inventory. They are motivated to sell,” explained Conrad.
Shoppers from the U.S. have an added benefit: Their purchases are tax-free as long as they export the items they buy. Tour participants also avoid the high shipping costs that make it prohibitive to send one or two pieces back to the States.
“Container shipping is included in the tour – our participants can buy in quantity since there is no extra charge for shipping merchandise home.” The shipping alone is worth $2000 – 3000 or more.
The fall tour is designed to take the stress out of shopping for antiques. “We take care of shipping, customs and other details is so participants can focus on ‘the hunt,’”
“Adventurers who are looking a new kind of antiquing experience will get their fill on this expedition," said Conrad.
Space is limited. Reservations are accepted on a first-come-first served basis. Call us at 215.991.9892 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for details, pricing, itinerary and other information. For information about past trips, visit www.heartofeuropetours.com