Q: What items do you sell at the market?
A: I sell primarily Wine and liquor-related antiques including: unique corkscrews, knives, and table and culinary items. All items are authentic, from the period, and in good to excellent condition. I also sell small table-top or desktop items from time to time, if they appeal to me or catch my eye. The main focus is on quality antiques from around the world with an emphasis on items made in France.
Q: How long have you been at the market?
A: I’ve been in NY for 30 years and I’ve been selling my items for 20-25 years. Originally, I sold items at the Chelsea antique building. Then I spent 14 years at the Antiques Garage. Once the Garage closed I moved to Chelsea Flea Market, where I am currently.
Q: What do you love about the items that you sell?
A: I buy items I like for their visual and craftsmanship qualities. I do have a love for food and wine that comes to me naturally, being from France. I also like researching makers, history and manufacturing techniques which helps me when curating my offerings.
Q: What inspired you to get into the business of selling these products?
A: Growing up in Brittany, my family always collected antiques and made things with their hands. I was surrounded by beautiful things as a child, which probably led to my choosing to study industrial design and interior design in Paris. At 28 I became head of Andree Putman's design office in NYC working on projects like Morgan's hotel, Palladium night club, and Barneys department store, where I supervised the creation of custom-designed and hand-crafted fixtures and furniture for high-end clients with huge budgets. That was back in the 80's; that kind of spending rarely happens these days! I always have had an interest in functional and aesthetically pleasing items. I've always traveled quite a bit back to France for inspiration, and one time when I was there I found antique corkscrews at a Paris street market that interested me. When I bought them back to New York they sold really fast. So I joined a collectors club and started attending fine auctions to buy more. I became an expert and then I started to expand to more wine related objects, culinary and table items, antique knives and small collection items.
Q: What can shoppers expect to find at your booth? (e.g. new items each week—anything really unique or noteworthy?)
A: I am always on the lookout. I bring in new things each week in addition to the basic items I bring every week. I do the same for my website. I update it each week and send an e-blast to my customers from the markets to give them a preview of the new items. Getting on my email list is the best way of getting the first chance to see and buy my newest finds before they go to the market.
Q: What do you want people to know about your business?
A: I work everyday to discover merchandise and rare finds. I have pride in my merchandise and have a deep knowledge of my inventory, including manufacturing process, makers, patents, usage, etc... I have a buyer in France that supplies me with antiques, but I also buy locally too. That allows me to present a wide selection of hand-picked items from America and Europe. I take great care of the items I sell and in my business -- it gives my customers the feeling that I will take care of them well, too. I have many repeat customers, and some clients that keep coming back for over 20 years!
Q: How can people keep in touch?
A: For people that want to keep informed of new acquisitions and my presence at the market please email me directly at email@example.com with any item requests and to be added to my email blast. Also, visit my website at www.andreburgos.com
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