An antique dealer buys in many ways much the same as you would. We buy what we love. We buy what we long to keep. We are passionate about what we do. We hunt. It sounds romantic and I guess it is. Provence in the Spring is wonderful and the brocantes beckon. Strolling through aisles with anticipation that makes your heart race is intoxicating and addictive. The cost analysis, ummm...... not so much.
Do you know how large a 40' container is? I'm sure you've seen them on the highways. Instead of a normal semi truck, they are the ones pulling a huge metal container usually marked with a name that conjures up flash backs of Indiana Jones. A 40' container is 66.8 cubic meters. It is the size of a large moving van, one that can move the entire household of a family of 5 cross country including everything Grandmama ever accumulated and could never throw out.
So, we shop. A lot. Here is your homework. What does it cost to ship a 26" x 48" Louis Phillipe Mirror from Avignon to your home?