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Thursday, January 13, 2011

I WANT TO BE A PIJNAPPEL WHEN I GROW UP




Who won’t? It’s a no brainer if you love antiques and travel. Shirley and Pete Pijnappel do exactly what lots of folks only dream of. They spend three month a year, based out of their apartment in northern Europe, shopping antiques markets large and small, and combing the countryside for their inventory. They’ve done this for twenty-five years so, they’ve made lots of connections in the local antiques business. They’re keys to successful buying are, the length of time they’re able to spend in Holland, Belgium, France and Germany and the friends they’ve made along the way. Pete will tell you that, during their travels, he loves being able to “hand pick directly from the source”.
If you’re wondering just exactly what it is they look for, even they find it tough to define. Shirley calls it “antiques for decorative purposes”. I like that. It’s a good way to describe their unique, eclectic blend of antlers, early fireplace, tramp art and just plain amazing items.
In this high-tech age of internet self promotion, they are the exceptions. They take a decidedly low-key approach to selling in an effort to prevent what Pete sees as “overexposure”. What that means for shoppers is…you can’t get it on their website; you probably can’t even get it in the U.S. You’ve got to get to their booth at Music Valley.

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