Monthly Archives: May 2012

Antiques Buying Trip: Homecoming

Here at EuroLuxAntiques.com, we look forward to antiques buying trips with great anticipation – what amazing things will we find?  This trip we had to upgrade to a larger container because we found so many beautiful pieces of antique furniture and 100+ unique vintage chandeliers.  However, by the end of the trip, we are always equally excited to go home and snuggle our fuzzy children.  Although the video footage is a little bumpy, we thought you might enjoy meeting our gang of five fuzzy babies.

Rudy is our oldest child at six and is a black lab/border collie mix that just showed up in our yard when he was such a tiny puppy that Greg was afraid an owl would get him.  We asked all around the neighborhood and put up fliers, but apparently he was destined to be ours.  He is named after Rudy Schenker, lead guitarist of The Scorpions, which is the world’s all-time best band according to Greg.  Greg is the all-time best human ever to have lived, according to Rudy.

We felt Rudy needed a friend, so five years ago we visited Pets, Inc., a local no-kill animal shelter, looking for a puppy friend.  However, instead of a puppy, a little orange tabby kitten purred so loudly that I heard him from across the room.  babyOzzyThe moment our eyes locked, I knew he was meant to be part of our brood.  Ozzy (guessing you can figure out he’s named for Ozzy Osbourne) was my Christmas present that year.  Even though his name is officially Ozzy, we call him Mr. Kittles most of the time.  He’s the one that gets so mad when we leave that he gives me “the profile” when we return.  After several rounds of kissing and apologizing, he forgives me and settles in to snuggle.

 

Although Rudy and Ozzy are best buddies, after another year, we felt Rudy might like someone with whom he could run around and tussle, so we went looking for another puppy.  This time we found Jake, a black lab/springer spaniel mix, at Pets, Inc.  Jake is named after Jake E. Lee (a guitarist that plays with Ozzy Osbourne) and thinks Rudy is the all-time best dog that has ever lived.  Jake shows Rudy how much he loves him by constantly licking his ears.  And the cats’ ears.  And our legs and feet.  And the floor, or the sofa if he happens to be laying on it (he’s allowed).  Jake is a little strange, but we love him anyway.

About a year after that, we happened to be cruising by the animal shelter.  babyMinkeyOzzy has always claimed me as his favorite human, and since Greg wanted a cat of his own, we stopped to look around.
We had never seen a sealpoint Siamese kitten at the shelter before, and Greg thought he was really pretty, so he came home too.  Although he was supposed to be named Klaus (for another band member of The Scorpions) that just didn’t stick.  What did stick was Minkey, because he looked like a little spider monkey.  Our little nephew pronounced monkey as minkey, and that’s how Minkey got his name – although he is sort of the same color as a mink and just as soft.  According to Minkey, I’m the all-time best human ever to have lived, although he definitely think humans are much lower in status than Siamese cats.  Obviously.

 

So we thought we were done having fuzzy babies, but two years ago we had an “oops”.  babyRoxyRoxy ran across the highway right in front of my truck when she was a little tiny kitty.  I stopped to see if she was okay and she came right to me.  She was covered with about a million fleas and was sure to get smooshed on the highway, so of course I had to bring her home.  Turns out she is a flamepoint Siamese (at least in part – maybe she was actually an oops that was put out on the highway?) and is an extreme extrovert.  She loves talking to customers at the EuroLux Antiques Gallery and considers herself the “Hostess with the mostest”.  MInkey&RoxyRoxy is named after the song Roxanne by The Police, because she didn’t have to put out her red light anymore.  Roxy is the all-time most beautiful cat ever to have lived, according to Minkey.  Roxy thinks Minkey is the worst thing (cat, dog, human or otherwise) ever to have lived and tells him so every day with a hiss.  Unless, of course, she feels like snuggling.

 

We didn’t mean to buy a zoo – it just happened.  :)

Thanks again for following the EuroLux Antiques blog and stay tuned for the new container arriving soon!

Aimee

 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 11: Chateau Tour

On our last day of the Antiques Buying Trip, Greg and I had finished everything we needed to do, so we headed to southern Belgium to visit the Chateau de Lavaux-Sainte-Anne.  The lovely chateau dates to 1450 and has several rooms decorated in period furnishings from the 17th century.  Although it’s somewhat of a “busman’s holiday”, we enjoy visiting historical home museums to see antique furniture.

After touring the Chateau de Lavaux-Sainte-Anne (which also had a rather creepy taxidermy museum!), we stopped in Dinant, a very charming city on the river Meuse.  The onion-domed cathedral is very beautiful, but the highlight of the town is the Fortress-Citadel high up on a mountain overlooking the river.  The fortress was begun in 1040 and has had quite an interesting and varied history.  As you can imagine, any military leader would be interested in taking such a strategic position, and as such it was taken by Henry II, Charles the Bold, Louis XIV, and played a role in both World War I and II.  Dinant was also famous during the Middle Ages for its fine brass metalware, called dinanderie.  Unfortunately, 800 metalworkers were thrown off the fortress by Charles the Bold in 1466, which lead to the loss of expertise in this craft.

Tune in to our next Antiques Buying Trip video to see the end of the tour!

 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 10: WWII Nazi Camp

Greg and I are history buffs, so we always look forward to doing a little sightseeing at the end of our Antiques Buying Trips in Europe.  We are especially interested in World War II historical sites, as both of our grandfathers landed on the beaches in Normandy.  Although we’ve visited quite a few WWII Nazi concentration camps, the Nazi work camp in Breendonk, Belgium, may be the most horrendous that we’ve seen.

What makes this Nazi concentration camp in Breendonk so harrowing is that it is so completely intact.  Many concentration camps in Germany were at least in part destroyed immediately after WWII, but this camp seems as if the Germans just left a few hours ago.  The Nazi mural painted on the wall in the cafeteria is still there.  The three-tier bunks are still there, where 50 men per room were housed together in damp and freezing conditions.  The gallows, firing range, and SS torture chamber are still, hauntingly, there.

Breendonk is considered one of the worst Nazi camps in all of Europe, as the conditions there were so incredibly harsh and cruel.  There was a great pit in the middle of the camp where prisoners were allowed to relieve themselves, all at the same time, only twice per day. The prisoners were allowed five minutes to take care of business, but most left after less than a minute for fear of beatings and torture from the guards.  The prisoners had to survive on starvation rations while doing forced hard labor for eight to twelve hours per day.  Less than 10% of the 4,000 inmates that were brought to Breendonk survived the war.

While it is very disturbing to visit Nazi concentration camps, it is also a very moving, emotional experience.  World War II is part of our collective world history, and it’s something we think everyone should experience at least once.

Stay tuned for our next Antiques Buying Trip video, as we’ll visit a chateau filled with antique furniture before heading back to the US.

 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 9: Brewery Tour!

Many folks are curious about where we stay when we travel to Europe.  For this Antiques Buying trip, we decided to try out a 15th century brewery that has a hotel attached, called Hotel Carolus. 

Back in 1471, a group of women lived together and did good works (known as Beguines – similar to nuns but not exactly), including taking care of the sick in a hospital.  They brewed beer on this site as a healthier alternative to the local water supply and also as a form of medicine.  The Gouden Carolus brewery offers a tour, which ends with free tastings of their award winning beers!

We greatly enjoyed our stay at Hotel Carolus in Mechelen, Belgium and give it two thumbs way up!  Next time you’re in the area, you should stop in and have a Gouden Carolus Classic, which has won quite a few awards, including the World’s Best Dark Ale in the Abbey/Trappist division in 2010.

Now that we’ve finished up our work for the container, we have some free time to enjoy a bit of sight-seeing.  If you enjoy World War II history, be sure to tune in to our next video.

 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 8: Gas Up

After a week driving across Europe visiting antique markets and wholesale dealers, we’ve finished buying a wonderful selection of antique furniture, chairs, and vintage chandeliers.  We’ll still visit another indoor market to focus on smaller decorative items, such as Blue Delft ceramics, vintage chalkware and enamelware, and antique religious treasures.  However, as we no longer need the large van to pick up furniture, we’ll trade it for a smaller car.  We stop to fill up the gas tank and discuss the price of diesel gas in Europe – which is actually cheaper than regular gas.  If you hate the cost of filling up your gas tank in the US, wait until you see the prices in Europe!

Now don’t you feel better about filling up here in the US?  Not really?  Oh well, I tried.  Be sure to come back for the next episode of the Antiques Buying Trip video series as we’re going to take a tour of a 15th century brewery!

 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 7: Meet Mishka!

After a week in Europe, Greg and I met Mishka, a very friendly and helpful French bulldog.  We love animals – in fact all five of our fuzzy children were rescued, so we always enjoy making new fuzzy friends.  As you know, we spend a good deal of time loading the van during our Antiques Buying trips, so it was very nice of Mishka to help us load the van!

Did you know that a portion of all sales at EuroLux Antiques is donated to help save homeless pets?  EuroLux Antiques supports Pets, Inc., a local no-kill shelter in Columbia, South Carolina.  Adopt a shelter animal today and you’ll have a buddy for life!

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