News-Antique.com - Aug 07,2009 - Eleven days of non-stop antiquing along the back roads of Central Europe are in store for a small group of dealers, designers and antiques buffs this fall.
The group's tour will focus on affordable antiques and is designed to help participants get the most out of their antiques dollar. Dates are September 25-October 5, 2009.
The escorted antique tour features some of the best warehouses, shops, antique wholesalers, galleries, farmsteads and antique markets in Europe, according to Philadelphia-based dealer Tom Conrad, who will be leading the bargain hunt to Eastern Germany and the Czech Republic.
Conrad's European antique buying tours have been featured in Country Living magazine, USA Today, Australian House and Garden and the trade press.
"Our fall antiques buying tour is a top pick for bargain hunters. It offers a great alternative to France, Italy, Belgium and the U.K., where prices are higher and the antiques market is hyper-developed," he said.
"The market in Central Europe is less rarefied, which makes it a great place to shop for antiques. The selection is huge and there are definitely bargains to be had. Dealers are motivated to do business with you and most purchases are tax free," Conrad added.
Stops include the old imperial cities of Prague and Leipzig plus towns and villages along the backroads of Central Bohemia, Moravia, Saxony and Northern Bavaria.
"This is a 'nooks-and-cranny tour.' We will be focusing on affordable sources that are not on anybody's radar screen and visiting parts of Europe where most most antiques buffs never venture," said Conrad.
The group will see a huge selection of furniture, design objects, collectibles, glass, ceramics, architectural and garden antiques, smalls, textiles, vintage clothing and linens, art, industrial antiques, country and farm items, toys, and estate treasures -- all price ranges, all styles, all periods.
In addition to wholesalers and smaller shops, the group will also be visiting four outstanding markets, with hundreds of dealers, including two of the biggest antiques markets in Europe, which attract sellers from across the continent.
Participants share container space, which makes the trip very cost-effective. Individual container shipping is also available.
Space is limited and the fall antique tour is filling up. More information is available from Heart if Europe Tours (www.heartofeuropetours). Reservations can be made online, by email or by phone.
Custom tours for small groups and individual tours are also available. www.heartofeuropetours.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: +1 215.991.9892
****** Note: Country Living joined us on the antiques trail and featured a slide show on their website. Email or call for a copy of the magazine article and a link to the slide show.