We had the good fortune of connecting with Maria Jones and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Maria, so many of the folks we connect with are focused on having a positive social impact on their community or the world at large. Can you talk to us about how you are helping the community?
It sounds strange to say that by marketing antiques I feel as though I’m helping the community but it is something I‘ve believed since starting my business. I’ve often felt that by assisting antique dealers in marketing their items online I’m doing something they otherwise wouldn’t know how to do. My position is to help them share their experience of collecting, their knowledge of value and how to incorporate items from the past into todays spaces brings generations together. It’s incorporating the old with the new but also the history of a piece along with knowledge the dealer has that make the pieces even more special and may preserve them for future generations.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I had decided to make a change on how to run my business going into the new year. I went from having my own antique booth and mainly managing social media for my clients to also building E-commerce websites. My clients and I are now selling across multiple channels including their own online stores and selling on Chairish, Etsy, Ruby Lane and Ebay plus having shops on Facebook and Instagram. It’s been fascinating to see how much everyone is now selling on the internet.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
For a great hang-out day with an old friend I’d probably want to start the day off with brunch at The Henry and have one of their signature Bloody Mary’s. After which I’d head to Neiman’s for shopping followed by an afternoon snack at La Tarte Tropezienne where I’d insist we share the Chartreuse board. Then off to shop some more, probably in the Design District to introduce them to some fabulous finds at Country Garden Antiques and to meet Ray at Debris. For dinner I’d be certain to head straight for Bistro 31 in Highland Park Village.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’m so grateful for all the antique and vintage dealers I’ve had the opportunity to work with over the years. They have shared their wealth of knowledge with me about their experiences with collecting and selling and I feel like they are always teaching me about the antiques they favor. Just last week I learned about a pattern within a pattern of antique Chinese porcelain called the “fish roe” a trim that rings a 19th century Fitzhugh pattern plate. You can learn this and more from Don, one of the dealers at Snider Plaza Antiques. Many of these dealers have been in the business for decades and have an eye for one of a kind items. Gary that has the best antique copper pieces you’ve ever seen and Ken will dazzle you with his art glass selection that includes Steuben and Orrefors and many others. I must mention to that My HP Jeweler is located in the back of the mall where the malls owner William Sheahan and his staff can’t only repair your jewelry while you shop but offer custom jewelry design as well. Shannon from Clutter Antiques now located inside the Snider Plaza Antiques mall has a flair for creating vignettes that are so on point with what Dallas Interior Designers are looking for they flock to her booths and return time and again. She has an eye for art, European furniture and antique decor pieces that make for unique design choices. You will find fabulous antique painted chest topped with Famille Rose porcelain, Armorial platters, French antique garden pieces and even Art Deco and Mid Century furniture. I’ve also enjoyed learning about the beautiful pieces of French Opaline that my client Lynn, Bella French Antiques has taught me to love so much I’ve begun collecting it. Lynn’s opaline and beautiful French antiques can be found in Brown and Company Antiques in the Dallas Design District as well as in Antique Row on Lovers Lane. These are just a few of the many clients in Dallas that I have been honored to have worked with over the past eight years. I really look forward to all I may meet and learn from in the future.
Other: Shop my website: Dallas Vintage Market https://dallasvintagemarket.com
All photos by Maria Jones, Dallas Vintage Marketing.