Monthly Archives: April 2012

Antiques Buying Trip Day 6: Chandeliers!

If you’ve been following our Antiques Buying Trip video series, you’ll know that we’ve been on the hunt for interesting and unusual vintage lighting.  On the 6th day of the trip, we find vintage chandeliers aplenty!  Some of the warehouses we visit are so full of antiques and vintage pieces that we literally have to crawl our way through like a rat in a maze, and this is one of them.  This particular antiques dealer in Belgium clears houses when someone dies and the family doesn’t want or need their possessions, so we never know what we’ll find there.

By the end of our Antiques Buying Trip in Europe, we found 135 wonderful antique and vintage chandeliers!  It will take us some time to get them all checked out to make sure they are working properly, photograph them, and then upload them to our website.  In the meantime, check out our collection of vintage chandeliers

 Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her best friend, Greg.  Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way.  She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina.  Connect with or sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!

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Antiques Buying Trip Day 5: Snow Blizzard

We weren’t expecting snow in March, but we ended up driving through a snow blizzard in the French countryside on the fifth day of the Antiques Buying trip.  After taking care of business for EuroLuxAntiques.com in the hotel room in the morning, we headed out with a few flakes coming down.  By later in the afternoon, a good five inches of snow had fallen – I guess I should say nearly 13 centimeters since the Europeans are on the metric system.  It’s a good thing we weren’t planning to go to outdoor street markets that day.

Did you bring your gloves and scarf?  You’ll need them today!  Thanks again for coming along on the buying trip – stay tuned for the next episode as we still need more chandeliers!

 Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her best friend, Greg.  Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way.  She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina.  Connect with or sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!

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Antiques Buying Trip Day 4: Counting Cubes

After a few days on the road buying antiques in Europe, Aimee and Greg at EuroLux Antiques count how many cubes of antique furniture and vintage chandeliers they’ve purchased.  If we decide to bring in a 45 foot container, we still have quite a bit of space left to fill. 

Guess we’ll have to keep buying!  Aimee shows off a beautiful antique Renaissance-style dining room suite carved in solid walnut:  a large, heavily-carved buffet, a marble-top server, a set of 6 embossed leather chairs, and a dining table.

Thanks for tagging along on our European Antiques Buying Trip!  Stay tuned for the next episode!

 Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her best friend, Greg.  Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way.  She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina.  Connect with or sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!

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Antiques Buying Trip: Shipping Containers

“How do you ship your antique furniture from Europe?” is a question we are often asked at EuroLux Antiques. All of the wonderful antiques and vintage lighting that we find on an antiques buying trip are loaded in either a 40 or 45 foot container and shipped from Europe to the Port of Charleston in South Carolina. From there the container is trucked to Newberry where it takes us about 5 hours to unload it into our warehouse. Then the work of processing everything begins: cleaning and waxing, photographing, and writing product descriptions!

Stay tuned – there are more antique buying trip episodes to come!

 Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her best friend, Greg.  Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way.  She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina.  Connect with or sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!

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Antiques Buying Trip Day 3: Gummi Couture

Sometimes when I’m tired, I get a little silly.  On the third day of our Antiques Buying Trip in Europe, I believe jet-lag was catching up with us, as evidenced by my explanation of gummi bear couture.  Despite the long days, I hope you’re still along for the ride as we search the French and Belgian countryside looking for wonderful antique furniture and vintage lighting to bring back to EuroLux Antiques.

Care for a handful of gummi bears?  I’ll gladly share.  I don’t eat them very often in the US, but I love to partake in my secret indulgence on European antiques buying trips!

 Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her best friend, Greg.  Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way.  She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina.  Connect with or sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!

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Antiques Buying Trip Day 3: Street Markets

“Where do you buy your antiques?” is a question we are often asked.  Our methods are much like those of Mike and Frank on the popular History Channel TV show, American Pickers.  We rent a large van that we drive across the country on a quest to find unusual, interesting, and beautiful antique furniture – we just do our searching in Europe and Asia instead of in the USA.

The answer is that, over the years, we’ve developed a large ring of wholesale antique dealers in Belgium and France that specialize in exporting antiques.  We’re always on the search for new sources, so we make sure to visit the warehouses of new dealers on our buying trips, as well as those of our old friends, whom we’ve known for years.

We also visit antiques markets, some of which are held indoors and some are held outdoors, even in the snow!  Market days begin very early in the morning – we usually leave our hotel at 5 am in order to arrive at a market before the sun rises.  Although neither of us are morning people, I admit that going to antique markets is one of my favorite things.  We never know what we’ll find and it’s always an adventure.

So come help us look for some great antiques at a street market in Belgium, but if you find a fantastic (and heavy) Art Deco Mantel Clock in marble, you’re the one who is going to carry it back to the van!

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 Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her best friend, Greg.  Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way.  She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina.  Connect with or sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!

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