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Customer Appreciation Sale 15% Off Everything

Get 15% off all new, vintage, and antique furniture and home accents in our Customer Appreciation Sale! I recently mentioned that EuroLux Home won a Best of Houzz 2015 Award. The award was for our Customer Service so we are sharing the love with all our customers for Valentine’s Day. Our special discount is valid now through February 16, 2015.

Order something you love for your home at EuroLuxHome.com and you’ll get 15% off everything (as well as our always-free shipping) when you enter the coupon code at checkout: HappyFebruary

That seductive deal is enough to make anyone swoon! Here are some ideas for your Valentine’s gift for your home.

antique French rococo bed

This Louis XV Rococo antique bed arrived recently from France, and it is rich in romance! Dating to 1900, the full-size French antique bed is intricately carved in walnut wood with a sensuous shell cartouche on the headboard. Floral carvings complete the pretty picture.

French Antique Chairs Renaissance Hunting Red Red is the color of romance and the gorgeous red upholstery on these French antique dining chairs is sure to look alluring in your dining room! The set of six antique Renaissance Hunting style dining chairs dates to 1880 and the oak chairs are hand-carved with grapes, foliage and barley twists. The antique chairs recently arrived from France so they bought the language of love with them.

Normandy Antique Armoire

What a sweetheart! Fans of French Country furniture will sigh with passion when they see this delightful oak antique French armoire in the Normandy style, dating to 1890. A carved vase of flourishing flowers catches the eye at once, but look closer on the mirrored doors and you’ll also be charmed by the sweet birds pecking at grapes or berries. We have an equally pretty Normandy antique bed to match.

Black Forest Stag Sconce lighting Combining the romantic appeal of the Old World with high-quality Made in the USA crafting, this fabulous stag sconce is part of a new line we just started to carry. The new sconces and chandeliers are based on antique Black Forest designs and cast in resin with terrific details. They look like carved wood and have a nice weight to them. They’d pair beautifully with your Hunting Style décor!

Chelsea House Covent Garden Painted Urn Finally, this stunning new Chelsea House hand-painted vase or urn is bound to bring spring into your home. You can almost smell the fragrance of the riot of flowers hand-painted across the 18-inch-high porcelain vase.

The Covent Garden urn is named after the historic Covent Garden flower market in London. Covent Garden is where Professor Henry Higgins first spotted Eliza Doolittle selling her flowers in the play Pygmalion and the Audrey Hepburn movie My Fair Lady. That truly was a romantic story worthy of Valentine’s Day!

However you choose to use your 15% discount, we hope you love the piece you buy.

For more inspiration browse our complete EuroLuxHome.com inventory. Then take 15% off everything in your shopping basket when you enter the coupon code: HappyFebruary

The offer is valid through February 16, 2015. Happy Valentine’s Day and happy shopping!

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and 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. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

EuroLux Home at Antique Tobacco Barn Asheville

I’ve talked before about how we love to go antiquing in Asheville, NC, at one of our favorite places: the Antique Tobacco Barn. Even though we run our own antiques business, we still enjoy hunting down cool, funky stuff for our 1920s vintage bungalow on our days off.

EuroLux Antiques in Asheville Antique Tobacco BarnSo I’m delighted to say that the Antique Tobacco Barn is no longer just our favorite antiques shopping spot in Asheville – but now we also have a booth there for EuroLux Home antiques! That’s it in the photo. When we took a 15′ by 22′ space for our antique furniture and home decor accents, we got busy making new price tags and we loaded up our trailer. We thought it would take two days to move into the space. How wrong can you be?

EuroLux Antique Tobacco Barn

Between planning the booth layout, then loading and unloading two full trailer loads, as well as cleaning and waxing 20 pieces of furniture and hanging 20 chandeliers it took way longer than expected to move into the Antique Tobacco Barn. It took a full six days! I’m not complaining as we love being in Asheville and all the effort we put into the booth was worth it. We managed to fit a lot of pieces in and we think it turned out great.

EuroLux Antique Tobacco Barn AshevilleWe’re honored that the Antique Tobacco Barn Facebook page has featured a few of our pieces already. The Antique Tobacco Barn has more than 75 dealers selling in 77,000 square feet of space, so it’s a true antiques emporium for every taste and at every price point. It has been named the best antique store in western North Carolina many times and the huge venue’s history as a former tobacco auction site adds to the vintage appeal.

We picked Antique Tobacco Barn as a new outlet for various reasons. Partly because we’ve now guaranteed ourselves a trip up to Asheville at least once a month, but also because the location is very close to Biltmore House and Biltmore Village and the visiting tourists who enjoy shopping for antiques.

vintage bungalow summer2012When I finally got back to Newberry, SC, last week it struck me that I needed to start thinking about my own Christmas shopping! It’s a busy time. In addition to visiting family over the holidays, we hope to finish the shower in our 1920s vintage bungalow renovation between Christmas and New Year so that we don’t have to keep commuting to bathe!

Although I loved sharing my tour of Traditional Christmas Decor in Every Room in my last blog posts, I haven’t had much chance to decorate our new home myself. I’m just proud I was able to get it cleaned up of construction dust prior to Christmas. We did install the stove last week and ate our first meal – we made (canned) biscuits on Sunday! I’ll finish moving the kitchen after the holiday so we don’t have to keep eating out every night.

This was our 10th anniversary year in the European antique furniture business and although the year is coming to an end we are celebrating two new beginnings. One at Antique Tobacco Barn, and one in our “new” vintage bungalow home. I wish you a wonderful Christmas and thank you for reading our blog.  May you have as many blessings as Greg and I do this Christmas!

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and 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. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Things We Love: Our First Atlantique Antique Show

We’re celebrating our 10th anniversary here at EuroLux Antiques and today I’m remembering one of our “Laurel and Hardy moments” at our first Atlantique antique show. It is always fun to look back – to celebrate our successes and laugh at our follies – on our long journey that brought us to where we are today.

Our first Atlantique antique show

Our first Atlantique antique show

As I mentioned last month, we started the business by traveling to antique shows before we actually opened our Gallery. Our very first antique show in Atlanta was a disaster, but we certainly learned from our mistakes, and our next show in Charlotte was smooth sailing.

We did a few more shows in Atlanta and Charlotte before we decided to venture up north to the great big Atlantique antique show in Atlantic City, NJ, in March 2005. It was New Jersey’s largest and longest running indoor antique show with more than 500 vendors.

It was known as “the big one” among antique dealers that we met at the time and everyone said we just had to do it. We listened to the stories that old-timers like to tell newbies about wealthy customers sweeping in to the Atlantique antique show and buying up everything in a dealer’s booth. It sounded wonderful to us!

So Greg and I bought a 28-foot trailer and loaded it full of antique furniture and away we went, heading north on I-95. Our trailer for Atlantique antique showWe arrived at the Atlantic City Convention Center and were impressed at how well they coordinated the load-in of more than 500 dealers – the sheer volume of antique inventory stretched several football fields!

Atlantique Antique Show

The Art Deco Sideboard with the fated broken marble

While we were unloading a beautiful Art Deco Sideboard with three big pieces of marble, one of the pieces of marble tumbled out of its packaging and broke in half. Oh no!

Always resourceful, we went out to Lowe’s and bought supplies to repair the marble overnight in our hotel room. It was a very clean break, so we were able to glue and clamp it and set it aside to dry.

All seemed well until the next morning, when we realized that we had accidentally glued a big piece of the marble to the glass top table of our hotel room! Oh no again! Now what? (Are you laughing at us? No – we didn’t think about how the glue would ooze out of the bottom and adhere to the table! I told you we were green beans!)

We debated whether it was better to break the glass top or just abandon the marble – neither option was ideal. What to do, what to do? The Atlantique antique show was starting soon!

Our cabinet at Atlantique antique show

One of our cabinets at Atlantique

Greg decided to take a flathead screwdriver and see if he could gently pry it up without damaging either the glass top or the marble. Fingers and toes crossed and hold your breath! And suddenly, after a few minutes of careful wiggling, we heard a “ssssllllluuuurrrppp” – Greg had released the marble from the glass! What relief! We grabbed the marble and headed off the show, grateful at our dumb luck.

In the end, the Atlantique antique show went well and we did sell quite a few pieces and met some interesting folks too. But nine years later, we still laugh about how we glued that marble to that hotel room table!

Do you have any great stories to share of antique shows you attended? Tell us about them in the space below!

Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her husband, 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 you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Things We Love: Antique Shows & Laughs from Our First 10 Years

As we mentioned in our 10 Years of European Antique Furniture blog post last month, Greg and I are celebrating our 10th anniversary at EuroLux Antiques this year. It is hard to believe so many years have flown by! We’ve had so much fun over the years, and we can’t help but look back and laugh at some of our mistakes too. We thought you might enjoy chuckling at some of our follies along the way.

Greg unpacking antique furniture from Europe

Greg unpacking antique furniture from Europe

After we launched EuroLux Antiques and brought in our first container of amazing antique and vintage furniture from France and Belgium, we started out selling at antique shows. In the summer of 2004, our very first antique show was the Scott Antique Market in Atlanta, Georgia. What a bunch of green beans we were!

We arrived in the wee hours of the morning at our designated spot with our rented U-Haul truck slam full. Remember how I mentioned in the last post that we had to rebuild all of the antique furniture out of about a million pieces after our container arrived from Europe, and that we really weren’t very good at it yet? Well, we had the brilliant idea that if we took all the pieces apart again, we could pack more on the truck. But we didn’t realize that most of the potential buyers would be standing there while we unloaded the truck!

Our first antique show at Scott Antique Market

We discovered that frenzied interior designers who are running from one truck to the next don’t come back to see you hours later, after you’ve figured out how to put everything together again. There we were with our piles of pieces, watching as the other dealers around us sold armoire after armoire. I swear they were rolling their eyes at our mess. One of our armoires stayed in bits through the whole weekend of the antique show because we couldn’t figure out how to put it back together!

Our booth at our first antique show

I will say the booth looked great though. John had designed the space ahead of time to show where each piece would go. I spent hours putting out box after box of decorative items, known as “smalls” in antique lingo. John, Kathy, Greg and I all had matching shirts with EuroLux Antiques embroidered logos too.

Matching logo t-shirts we wore for our first antique show

With Greg, wearing our first matching logo shirts

While we did sell a piece or two that weekend, it wasn’t the blow-out for which we had hoped. This meant that the only way everything was going to fit back in our U-Haul truck was to take it all apart again. Of course, we had taken our time over the week before the show to strategically pack the truck one piece at a time. We hadn’t considered that we’d only have a couple hours to load all of it back on the truck and clear out of the building at the end of the antique show.

All of the other dealers, shaking their heads at our “newbie” mistakes, were long gone by the time we finally got it all loaded again. The poor security guard had to wait until after midnight for us to get our mess together and finally get out of the building.

We needed Minkey to help us pack up our first antique show

I wish we’d had Minkey there to help pack up from our first antique show. We needed a packing wizard cat and he loves digging in!

So although our first antique show wasn’t a smashing success, at least we had done it! We picked ourselves up and learned from our mistakes. Our next show, a month later, was the International Collectibles and Antiques Show at the Metrolina Expo in Charlotte, North Carolina. We had a great show and sold a bunch of furniture. We were on our way and so excited about it.

And then came the Atlantique show in Atlantic City, New Jersey, but that is a story for another blog post! Do you like to go to antique shows in your neck of the woods? Tell us about your favorite antique show in the comments below!

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 you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Portobello Road Antiques Market

Portobello Road street signMany of our customers enjoy trips to Europe as much as we do, and if you’ve ever been to London you might have visited the Portobello Road antiques market. If you haven’t been to this famous antiques market, then it’s worth thinking about for your next visit, if only for the very British experience! Portobello Road claims to be the world’s largest antiques market.

Portobello Road London Alices antiquesThe main market happens every Saturday when dealers set up their street stalls to join the shops and arcades spread out along the road. Get there early if you want a bargain. The market generally starts at around 8:30 am but some customers start haggling even earlier, asking dealers “what’s your best on that?” even while the antiques are being unpacked! In winter, the dark mornings can be “a bit nippy” as the English say. Sometimes dealers have stood on piles of newspapers inside cardboard boxes, to insulate their frozen toes from the cold sidewalk. Portobello Road is a colorful sight to see, in so many ways!

Portobello Road antiques marketBy noon, the street is packed as everyone comes out to browse. You can hunt for everything from antique furniture to ceramics, antiques clocks, vintage jewelry and clothing, and all kinds of bric-a-brac. The hundreds of stalls can be overwhelming, but hey! That’s what makes Portobello Road antiques market such fun. Even if you come away empty-handed you’ve had a good time chatting with the locals.

Portobello Road pubWhen you need a break from the crowds, retreat to the old Earl of Lonsdale pub on the corner of Portobello Road and Westbourne Grove. This traditional Victorian pub has plenty of intimate nooks to take a rest and a big beer garden too for sunny days. Order a pint of beer and some steak and ale pie to refuel!

The Portobello Road antiques market began in the 1940s in a very humble way. London’s ‘Rag and Bone’ men began selling used household items and curios to the wealthy people who lived in the fancy terrace houses. My, how it’s grown!

If you’ve been to Portobello Road antiques market, we’d love to hear your stories about it. Tell us in the comments box below. And if you plan a London trip, check out my blog post on Historic Hotels of London!

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 you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

South Carolina Antique Trail & 10% Off Everything

Squiggy in the window on the antique trailWe are delighted that EuroLuxAntiques.com is on the South Carolina Antique Trail. Our Newberry, SC, gallery is on the trail map online and on the printed maps available at visitor centers and major antique shows. We hope you’ll stop by and see us on Main Street if you go antiques hunting. You can be sure that Squiggy, our kitty in the window, will give you a warm welcome too!

We are one of the stores in 10 southern states participating in the AntiqueTrail.com March Antique Trail Sale. You don’t actually have to take a road trip if you want our 10% discount. Although you won’t be disappointed if you do visit our beautiful state!

Get 10% off everything at EuroLuxAntiques.com (and our always-free shipping) when you enter the coupon code at checkout: AntiqueTrail  through March 31, 2014. Or just mention the Antique Trail if you come in person to the gallery.

Yep! That’s 10% off your entire order, on everything from fine antique furniture, vintage lighting, and home décor accents, to high-quality reproduction furniture. If you need further temptation to take advantage of our Antique Trail discount, here is just a tiny selection of pieces in the gallery right now.

Antique French SideboardThis gorgeous French antique server or sideboard in classic Henry II style dates to 1900. Walnut wood carvings combine wonderfully with a swirled red and grey marble top. The 6-foot-tall antique server will look impressive in any home bar or dining room. The ample storage and display space will be useful too!

Chinese antique armchairsWe love the lines of this pair of Chinese antique chairs. They have a hand-carved dragon medallion in the chair backs and a luscious red and black lacquer finish.  This style is properly called Antique Chinese Southern Official’s Hat Armchairs – typically used by wealthy people or government officials. I tip my hat to the timeless design!

Game of Thrones Gothic ChandelierThis amazing 1930 vintage French Brittany chandelier is carved with a fantasy castle complete with turrets. Five copper lamps hang from the drawbridges and chunky chains add to the thrill. It’s perfect for Game of Thrones fans, and anyone who loves Old World romance and mystery.

French Antique standing cross
This French antique standing cross was exquisitely crafted around the year 1900. The fine detailing struck us when we brought this crucifix to America. The porcelain Jesus Christ figure is surrounded by an intricate metal fringe and it is just one of our many antique religious treasures.
Ambella Home console table
We also carry high-quality reproduction furniture, like this artfully crafted new Ambella Home console table or hall cabinet. Scrolled ironwork and a black fossil stone top makes this an elegantly decorative choice. Adjustable shelves and three drawers keep you organized too!
For more inspiration on the Antique Trail, browse our complete inventory.
Then take 10% off everything in your shopping basket when you enter the coupon code: AntiqueTrail
The offer is valid until March 31, 2014.
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 you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

We Love Our Customers: 15% Off EuroLux Antiques

That’s right – 15% off everything! We love our customers so much that we’re sharing the Valentine’s Day love with a customer appreciation sale. But you have plenty of time to spend with your sweetheart and shop for a sweet deal. You can get our special Valentine discount now through Monday February 24, 2014.

Get 15% off everything at EuroLuxAntiques.com (as well as our always-free shipping) when you enter the coupon code at checkout: WeLoveYou!

That’s 15% off your entire order, on everything from fine antique furniture and reproductions to home decor accents. Consider it our Valentine’s gift to you. Need inspiration? These ideas will surely seduce you into treating yourself, your honey, or your home!

Antique 1920 Louis XVI ChairsThis set of 6 French antique Louis XVI style dining chairs dating to 1920 looks so romantic with pink striped upholstery. Velvety ribbons and floral damask on the delightfully carved solid oak chairs make them perfect for a traditional home… and a modern romance!

Or maybe you want to light up someone’s eyes with a fabulous antique chandelier or a beautifully crafted new Dale Tiffany lamp? The 15% off code is valid on all our fine antique and new lighting.

 

Vintage chandelier glass
For example, this vintage French chandelier will make your heart beat faster if you love the glamour of Rococo style. Dating to 1950, the 12-arm chandelier is crafted of rich gold-tone metal. Electric candles sparkle against cut glass cups and chunky glass pendants. This very affordable chandelier offers tons of luxury for the price, and it’s a big beauty at 28″ high.
Antique BuffetDetailed carvings of florals, feathers and fans give this antique 1900 French walnut buffet a wonderfully elegant decorative effect. The nine-pane lead glass central door creates the perfect spot to display your fine China or collectibles too, and the plate rack could also be used to hold antique books.
Art Deco Madonna
For a smaller piece, we love this very nice Art Deco Madonna and Christ Child statue dating to 1930. The Madonna stands more than a foot tall, with beautiful blue and white coloring on her robes. Our price is only $117 before the 15% off discount for this stunning Madonna. It would make a lovely gift for your wife for a wedding anniversary gift, or for mom (everyone’s other sweetheart) on Mother’s Day.
Or browse our selection of other antique religious treasures.

 

Perhaps you’ll fall in love with a new piece from Jonathan Charles Fine Furniture or the Ambella Home Collection. We carry their high-quality reproduction furniture as the craftsmanship, finish, and fabulous designs meet our high standards. Now you get 15% off our already low prices!

Ambella Home sink chestThe stately styling on this Ambella Home Ball & Claw sink chest is a great match for our antiques-loving customers. Gold highlights glow against the lavish carvings in rich mahogany. It’s all finished off with a black granite top and porcelain sink.
For more inspiration, browse our complete inventory.
Then take 15% off everything in your shopping basket when you enter the coupon code: WeLoveYou!
The offer is valid until February 24, 2014. Happy Valentine’s Day and happy shopping!

 

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 you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Best of January 2014: Romantic Decor, Rococo, Art Deco, and More!

Our January blog posts covered subjects from romantic decor to fancy pet furniture for the furry members of the family, to a client who loves Art Deco furniture.  We’ve had a wonderful start to the new year and hope you have too! Let’s revisit some of our favorite posts from the first month of what we hope will be a beautiful 2014.

Victorian Home dining room restorationWe started by looking back at our top 12 antiques and decor blog posts of 2013. We’re lucky that many clients send photos of the antique furniture or home decor accents they’ve bought from us, showing the pieces in their new home. (Like this gorgeous Victorian restoration dining room shared by our client Sal S. in New York.) Those client spotlights are always popular, but other top posts of 2013 included home decor inspirations, travel ideas for antiques lovers, and tips on caring for antiques.

Antique table for Johnny Cash Boyhood HomeThen we looked forward to the opening of the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home Museum in Dyess, Arkansas in 2014 – especially because the museum bought this antique table from EuroLuxAntiques.com! The heavily-carved 1890 table is just like one the Cash family had in their home during Johnny Cash’s childhood, according to the music legend’s siblings.

Romantic decor in the bedroomWe started getting in the mood for Valentine’s Day by talking about romantic bedroom decor. You could fall in love with many of the design ideas in that post to create romantic decor in other rooms too.

Rococo chandelier in client's dining room.Talking of romantic decor, it’s hard to beat Rococo furniture and home accents to add a very pretty note to a room. Our client Gail L. in Colorado proved the point in our spotlight on the vintage rococo chandelier in her dining room. The photos in that post show that Gail has created a beautiful and welcoming space. I love the way she creates a slightly theatrical  mood with what looks like a heavy curtain draped across the entrance to the dining room. It’s so inviting, don’t we all want to peek behind that curtain?

Our long-time customer Betty S. in Florida enjoys Art Deco pieces, as you can see in this photo:

Art Deco clock in our client's homeBetty bought this Art Deco buffet from us for her cool 1958 home. She later added the Art Deco clock flanked by two dogs that you see on top of the buffet. (Betty’s real-life pooch obviously approves!) The post on Betty’s Art Deco decor shows the clock in close-up and tells you more about this dear client and another clock she bought from us too.

Jonathan Charles pet furnitureAs dogs have starred in two photos in this post so far (they always steal the spotlight, don’t they?) we might as well end this month’s round-up with the antique style pet furniture I found for your dogs and cats. Whether your taste is for Renaissance style, Louis XVl romantic decor, Arts & Crafts or Mid-Century Modern, you can bet I’ve sniffed out matching furniture for your four-legged friends! Most are from specialist pet furniture retailers, but we’ve got a few new pieces of pet furniture on the horizon too.

In our January Beauty at Home bookshelf we shared three new books that certainly help put the romance into your decor, whilst our travel piece on Biltmore House and Gardens might provide inspiration for a romantic weekend away. With that, it’s farewell to January but if you would like me to write on any home decor or antique furniture subjects in February… I always take requests! Tell us in the comments box below.

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 you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Thanksgiving Thank You: 20% Off at EuroLux Antiques

I’m thrilled to announce our annual Black Friday deal giving 20% off everything at EuroLuxAntiques.com. But we’ve stretched our special offer over a whole week! Starting today, November 24, until Tuesday December 3 you will get 20% off your entire order (as well as our always-free shipping) when you enter the coupon code at checkout: HappyHolidays 

EuroLux Antiques Greg and I want to give you plenty of time to shop at leisure, not just on Black Friday. Small Business Saturday on November 30 encourages shoppers to support small, family-run businesses…like ours! Then there is Cyber Monday. While we’re a small business, we have a big online presence. And at Thanksgiving, we like to thank our customers with a bonus discount on our already low prices. A portion of every sale goes to Pets Inc., a no-kill animal shelter in Columbia, SC. So the homeless pets thank you for your custom too!

Here are some ideas for unique gifts for your loved ones, or just for your own home. The 20% discount code HappyHolidays is valid on everything from fine antique furniture to home decor accents.

antique buffetThe classic style of this antique French Renaissance oak buffet or sideboard will fit beautifully into any decor. We love the playful princes or courtiers carved on the upper doors – they’ll bring a touch of regal fun to any dinner party! The impressive 1920 sideboard stands more than 8 feet tall, with ample drawer and cupboard space and a spindle rail just above the serving surface to display your blue and white Delftware plates or other collectibles.

Antique French nightstandThe gray marble top on this antique French nightstand looks so pretty against the walnut marquetry. Dating to 1900, the nightstand would be lovely at your bedside or in the guest bedroom, with a useful drawer and cupboard and a lower shelf for your bedtime reading. But it’s also a delightful accent table in a living room or hallway – even the powder room!

antique French clockFound at an antiques market in France, this antique Rococo clock was made in 1890. It’s a great pick for a wine fans as the farmer figure standing on the black marble base is admiring the fruits of his labor – clusters of juicy grapes! The clock is still in working order and it is signed by the maker, Ferlet. It is also marked with the name of the French village where it was created: Brienon.

Aubusson Pillows
We’ve just started carrying these gorgeous new handmade Aubusson throw pillows.  They are the perfect complement to the antique furniture in our gallery, crafted with the same centuries-old techniques used by historic French Aubusson weavers. These are just a few of our many classic handmade Aubusson throw pillows. Click the links for details on:
1)  Hand-Woven Silk Floral Throw Pillow
2) Hand-Embroidered Long Throw Pillow
3) Dog Throw Pillow (we’ve got pillows with horses, ducks, and chickens too!)
4) Hand-Woven Classic Square Throw Pillow
5) Hand-Woven Red Fleur-De-Lis Throw Pillow
6) Hand-Woven Wool Floral Long Throw Pillow

 

tiffany lamp

This classic Wisteria Dale Tiffany lamp is hand-crafted with the same techniques used by the master glass artist himself: Louis Comfort Tiffany. The bronze base with an antique verde finish is artfully designed to look like a tree trunk. The hand-rolled art glass canopy of leaves and petals falls gracefully into a delicately shaped edge. The heirloom-quality lamp is bound to add a touch of natural beauty to your living room or bedroom… and dare we say romance too? Know any newly-weds?

USS Constitution Model Ship

 

 

A hand-crafted model of the U.S.S. Constitution makes a terrific gift for the sailor or history fan in your life! This museum-quality model of “Old Ironsides” is more than two feet high, with its own unique serial number. Yes, it does come fully assembled! Made by family business artisans, each ship takes the craftsman hundreds of hours to make by hand, using the same plank-on-frame method used for real ships. Every detail is true-to-life, including the brass fittings and metal cannons.

For more inspiration, browse our complete inventory of fine antique furniture from Europe and Asia, vintage chandeliers, antique religious treasures, Ambella Home Collection furnishings, and other high-quality reproduction furniture. Then take 20% off everything in your shopping basket when you enter the coupon code HappyHolidays

The offer is valid from November 24 to December 3, 2013. Happy shopping!

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 you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

How to Sell Antiques and Vintage Items

We receive emails nearly every day from people asking how to sell antiques or vintage items. Sometimes they have inherited antiques, sometimes they are just downsizing or have another reason to let go of a piece of furniture or other antique that they have enjoyed for years. Either way, they aren’t sure where to start. So here is our advice on how to sell antiques.

How To Find Out What Your Antiques Are Worth

How to sell items like this Antique Delft JarA great place to begin searching for values of antique or vintage items is Worthpoint.com. Of course, you can also explore sites where people sell antiques online, like Ebay. But Ebay only shows the last 30 to 45 days of data whereas Worthpoint has a huge database. It stores many years’ worth of information from ecommerce venues like Ebay and GoAntiques.com as well as other important auction houses.

Worthpoint is definitely worth the price for unlimited access for 30 days if you have specialty items or many things to look up. If you want to try it out first, Worthpoint offers a free trial period for a limited number of searches. You can also send a description and photos of your item to a “Worthologist” to get an expert online appraisal for a fee of $29.99, which is very economical.

I suggest the Worthpoint.com appraisal service because you’re unlikely to find an antiques dealer to give you a free appraisal. Dealers receive so many requests for free appraisals and although they are lovely folk, if they spent all day helping people with advice they would never have time to run their own businesses! So if you want to sell antiques but don’t know how to price them and don’t have time to research values, it’s well worth paying for the service of an expert appraiser.

If you are handling the estate of a relative, you may want to hire a licensed personal property appraiser in your area. Or you can contact a local auction house to help you determine the value of items. If you have rare or especially valuable antiques, you might want to find a specialty auction house. For instance, you would go to Theriaults for dolls.

How to Sell Antiques Online or Locally

Sell antiques at auctionObviously you can sell antiques through a local or specialty auction house. Or you can list things for sale on Ebay or GoAntiques or Etsy. You can even post an ad for free through your local Craigslist. You might also contact interior designers in your area to see if they could place a piece of antique or vintage furniture with one of their clients.

How to sell antiques like this Louis XIV ArmoireYou could also contact antique dealers in your area to see if they are interested in purchasing a piece outright. In this case, realize you will need to accept a wholesale price, not a retail price. Dealers have large overheads and sometimes they have to keep an antique in stock for a long time before finding a retail customer. The upside is that by selling to a dealer you’ll receive payment more quickly and don’t have to do all the selling yourself.

However, many antique dealers may only be interested in taking a piece on consignment. This is assuming that it fits with their inventory and they have the space in their gallery. Most dealers would expect to charge a 30 – 50% consignment fee, and you would be responsible for the transportation of the piece to the dealer’s gallery.

Keep in mind that it can be quite expensive to ship a piece of antique furniture safely. That shipping cost will come out of your pocket if you contact a dealer outside your geographical area. You’re usually better off contacting antique dealers in your closest large city.

Tips If You Sell Antiques Online

If you opt to sell antiques online through one of the ecommerce sites, you’ll need to write good and detailed descriptions. Even if you don’t know much about antiques, make a note of any makers’ marks or hallmarks and give exact measurements.

Take close up photos to sell antiques online

Door detail on antique 1880 French Brittany style chestnut buffet

Also take good, clear photographs from many angles. A picture speaks a thousand words! Include close-up shots of any decorative details and maker marks, and ideally show the insides of cabinets or drawers. At EuroLuxAntiques.com, we tend to provide lots of images when we sell antiques so buyers can see everything as clearly as they would inspecting the item in person. Then they are confident about making a purchase, or they can ask for more details if uncertain.

Finally, be honest about any damage or wear. People expect antique items to show a little wear – that is part of their history and unique charm and it proves their authenticity! But nobody wants any nasty surprises when the item arrives. The condition of an antique is a big factor in assessing its worth, as two similar pieces can sell for vastly different prices if one is in mint condition and the other rather more well-loved! For this reason, also be honest about the condition with appraisers if you get an online appraisal, otherwise the expert can’t give you the best advice.

If you have other suggestions for people wondering how to sell antiques or vintage items they own, please tell us in the comments box below!

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 you can sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!