Go Antique Hunting in Cartagena, Colombia
personal note from the owner of this website-a "gringo".
My wife and I have collected antiques for many of our 60 plus
years. Our appreciation of things fine and old, continues to this
day. As a teenager, I was employed, part time, by the Henry Ford
Museum and Greenfield Village, in Dearborn, Michigan. My job took
me into all the nooks and crannies of this great American Institution.
I was entrusted with keys to just about everywhere-what a treat,
with memories that have lasted a lifetime!
And now I am living
and working in historic Cartagena, Colombia, doing what I can,
via this web site, to improve our local tourist economy.
Almost on a daily basis,
I see peddlers come in from the countryside with all sorts of
things "old". They make their rounds in the small villages
and farms, buying antiques for re-sale to private buyers and antique
shops here in Cartagena. The Colombia economy is very depressed
and "treasures" surface on a daily basis-the former
owners selling part of their families history, to maintain food
on the table. It is sad, but this is the reason many antiques
"surface", and this is a reason that Cartagena is recognized
internationally, as a treasure trove for antique collectors.
Many of these artifacts
date back to Colonial times. As the galleons returned from the
mother country-Spain, they were filled with furniture, china,
glassware, tapestries, tools, paintings, jewelry, toys, etc. etc.
for use in the growing and prospering cities of the new world-such
as Cartagena! The King of Spain ruled that the colonies could
only purchase goods from the mother country, and so this famous
sailing route called: The Spanish Main, carried, gold, silver,
emeralds and treasure one way, and fine household goods, the other.
Those "goods" that remain to this day, are now called
There are many fine
and reputable antique shops in Cartagena. All will assist their
clients in shipping back purchased items to your home country.
Additionally, all the shop owners maintain want lists for their
clients. If you are looking for something special, they will be
happy to receive your E-Mail.
To look at
hundreds of high resolution photos of stuff that's nice and old.
Some of these photos are of old doors and door knockers-the largest
collection on the Internet!. For those interested in publishing
a Coffee Table Book (Colombian coffee, of course!), on doors and
door knockers, they need go no further than Cartagena on The Caribbean-only
150 minutes, direct from Miami.
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LIST OF ANTIQUE SHOPS IN CARTAGENA