Sourcing and Shopping for Antiques, Mid Century, Vintage
and dare we suggest... salvage to repurpose, invent and create.
Whether you are restoring a property in Tuscany or looking to buy for export we can help you.
So much of this business is about passion, a labour of love and an inherent curiosity. Naturally over the years we have met many likeminded folk who are just as passionate about what they do as we are and we would like to share them with you. Not only will we take you to the best places and get great deals for you, but with a shopping list we can scout and shop on your behalf. Italy is renowned for its creativity & design which span from Roman artifacts, 16th century antiques to midcentury modern and architectural salvage; we have a tight network of contacts all over the country and have access to an extensive and varied inventory.
Tuscany is also rich in natural resources and wonderful craftsmen, whose skills have been passed down from generation to generation. They take enormous pride in the smallest detail of their work and are happy to build, design or create bespoke pieces. The local materials that have been used for thousands of years: marble, travertine, terracotta and secular woods are still used today and are not only sympathetic to their surroundings but surprisingly adaptable to reinventing themselves for modern day use.
So whether you prefer fine and rare antiques or funky Italian 20th century design, are looking for special decorations for your home, or just enjoy finding a great bargain to remember your trip, we know just the place to go. We will introduce you to our friends and colleagues, visiting antique and vintage shops, scouting flea markets, viewing auction houses and art galleries as well as admiring local artisans: gilders, Florentine marbled paper makers, blacksmiths and decorators. But we also love and appreciate the simplest of things that Tuscany is so well known for: the wonderful array found in hardware stores, which range from brass door knobs and elaborate faucets to door stops and picture tacks. The centuries old tradition of hand decorated ceramics. The tiny shops hidden in the back streets which sell gorgeous tassels, braids and trimmings and the finely carved gilded frames that cost a fraction of the price back home. We'll show you some of the best kept secrets that Tuscany has to offer.
Scouting & Lifestyle tours, for business or pleasure
Our trade buying trips are based on the individual needs, so are meticulously researched and planned in advance to make the most of time. We will arrange transport and accommodation and will coordinate shipping.
We offer full day forays as well as multiple days and share with you not just antiques and vintage shopping but the finer things of the Italian lifestyle: food, wine, arts and culture.
For purchases made in Italy we will find the most efficient and economical way to get your goods back home, whether it be an individual piece or a whole container.
If you are moving to Italy we can help you set up your new home in Tuscany. For those returning and taking furniture back to your home country, we will help you co-ordinate with local movers and shippers who will meticulously list, pack and ship for you or sell pieces on your behalf.