Perusing the Paris Flea Market at Porte de Clignancourt or even taking a long weekend antiquing in San Francisco may not always be feasible options for feeding your passion for antiques. While online resources like 1stdibs offer convenience, and many of the same dealers, the downside is you will always pay a premium for the ease of seeking out specific pieces online. (Curators and Antique Store owners will admit they are slinging the exact same wares online for an escalated price.) With that in mind, I have highlighted a few good stops throughout Southern California that would make for a lovely day trip. READ MORE
Growing up on Long Island in a small village steeped in history, with looming Victorians & grand estates tucked so far back through the trees you couldn’t see them, I gained early exposure to the beauty of architecture, art, antiques and collections. However, it was my travels throughout Paris, Vienna, and Florence, that really crystallized my passion.
While 17th & 18th C antiques really excite me, I also appreciate traditional 19th C furniture and happen to also love 20th C Mid-Century Modern and Scandinavian too. Naturally, the older and the more precious, the harder to find, but high quality pieces do not necessarily need to be the most expensive. It’s good to look at every level, not just the fanciest dealers and galleries. It may not always be prudent to drop a down payment on a Federal Style Demi-Lune Table, so it’s sometimes best just to impart the look, but I believe items collected over time speak more to our roots. Antiques tend to move with you wherever you go. They get passed down from generation to generation, as opposed to donated on moving day.READ MORE