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Paris Flea Market Names American Expat The Antiques Diva #1 Preferred Guide

Fearless American Woman Leading the Way in Bringing Business Back to Paris Flea Market Named Preferred Guide at Paul Bert Serpette

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Recently, the Paris Flea Market Paul Bert Serpette named The Antiques Diva© & Co. as their Only Approved Exclusive Flea Market Guide as part of a rejuvenation project at the “puce.” This exciting moment in the history of Antiques Diva CEO Toma Clark Haines, marks an important upward movement of the business of international antiques.

Find more information on European Antique Buying Tours in Paris or throughout the other 8 countries where tours are available – www.antiquesdiva.com or email toma@antiquesdiva.com

Despite terrorist attacks that rattled France last year, the attitude on “les avenues” is still vibrant with a definable air of “vive la résistance” among Parisians. While locals continue taking a stand against terrorism (in addition to drinking a glass of champagne, showing that the French “esprit” cannot and will not be defeated), so also is The Antiques Diva & Co. Led by Toma Clark Haines, an Oklahoman-turned-American expat, The Antiques Diva & Co. is leading the way in bringing business back to Paris and France as a whole.

Being the largest antiques touring company in Europe, with guides throughout eight countries, The Antiques Diva & Co. has the pulse on the effect terrorism has had on business. Despite these challenges, Clark Haines continues to expand her impressive buying and shipping services and has kept her French team active in spite of recent events.


Traffic at the market had increased before the terrorist attacks in part through use of antique buying guides such as The Antiques Diva & Co. The trend is now rebounding and The Antiques Diva & Co. had led the way. The educational component has also been a focus, drawing younger collectors to St-Ouen. “The Marché’s climate has changed significantly since I began shopping the market nearly 20 years ago,” says Clark Haines. “The increasing trend of mixing modern with antiques as well as eclecticism in décor means that today there is not only a greater variety of objects to sift through, but a greater enthusiasm among a new generation of collectors, dealers, designers and everyday tourists alike. The market encompasses an area of over 7 square miles – navigating the puce can be an overwhelming experience. At The Antiques Diva & Co. our team of flea market guides know the market like the back of their hand. Our job is to help clients find the exact area of the market that has what they are looking for – maximizing their time, translating, negotiating and liaising with an international shipper to simplify the process of buying abroad.”

Clark Haines leading programming during Paris Design Week
Clark Haines leading programming during Paris Design Week

Marché Paul Bert Serpette is the flagship entity of the Paris Flea Market. Globally renowned, the Paris Flea Market is the single largest antiques market in the world attracting nearly 5,000 visitors every weekend. The Marché has become a destination for collectors and dealers from around the world, including celebrity collectors, for its vast array of furniture, silver, design, vintage clothing and antiquity from every era.

“We could not be more delighted and enthused by the work of The Antiques Diva & Co., which brings an influential international clientele to the market. Their passion and energy each time they visit us at Marché Paul Bert Serpette invigorates buyers as well as our vendors,” says Marion DuFranc, the Market Director. “It’s all about relationships. It’s a symbiotic dance – The Antiques Diva & Co gives our clients we insider access and we supply clients with quality unparalleled inventory.”

CEO Clark Haines jokes, “We are in essence ‘Antique Matchmakers’ – bringing together the love of antiques and commerce.” Marion DuFranc concludes, “With a long history of attracting collectors to this chaotic jungle in the north of Paris, the Marché Paul Bert Serpette is excited to have Haines on board. Our successful growth is contingent on having experts like The Antiques Diva in our midst as our exclusive guide. We’re excited for this relationship and our future together!”


Who is The Antiques Diva?
Toma Clark Haines is The Antiques Diva® – Chief Executive Diva of The Antiques Diva® & Co. European Tours. When this tastemaker is not on a buying tour, Toma is also a freelance travel and design writer, an international public speaker, an interior decorator and social media guru. She is a champagne connoisseur, a vintage Chanel addict and her hobbies include driving fast cars and gourmet cooking. Traveling extensively for work, she divides her time between her home in Berlin, Germany and traveling in each of her company’s tour countries. Follow her antiquing abroad travels on Facebook at The Antiques Diva® & Co. or on Twitter @TheAntiquesDiva. Her blog The Antiques Diva was recently voted Top 100 Interior Design blogs by Modenus.

Where and When do The Antiques Diva Tours Take Place?
Every week, everywhere from the Paris Flea Market to all across France, Belgium, England, Italy, Germany, Netherlands, Denmark and Sweden. (And guess what’s coming soon? Tours in South America and Asia!).

How Long Does a Tour Last?
All tours are private and customized – they can last anywhere from 1 day to 2 weeks depending upon the client’s needs.

What if I don’t have time to travel abroad?
The Antiques Diva & Co offers Sourcing Services helping dealers and designers source abroad year around – even when you don’t have time to come abroad to shop in person.

How do I get my Purchases Home?
In addition to working with 3rd Party Shippers, The Antiques Diva & Co offers their own internal service offering fine art and antiques shipping services from Europe to destinations around the globe. We manage all facets of your shipment including collecting your goods from the dealers, tracking your inventory and payments, cross-referencing your tags, packing, complete all export/import paperwork and monitor your shipment’s progress from the time we receive your goods until they are delivered to you; and keep you advised of the status of your shipment. Our containers leave from the shipping port in Antwerp, Belgium.

Find more information on European Antique Buying Tours – www.antiquesdiva.com or email toma@antiquesdiva.com




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