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Happy New Year’s guests….Today's guest puts the ho-ho-ho in the holidays. For our first guest of the new year 2022 – we have an Emmy Award-Winning Television Personality and Designer joining us. He is a stylist. A fashion designer. New York Times Best Selling Author. As well as a World Class Equestrian.
You might know him from Rupaul’s Drag Race. Or the Original Queer Eye. Or one of Toma’s personal favorite shows - How to Look Good Naked. (Ever since she confessed to doing Naked Yoga on the Business of Antiques End of Year episode - her team has been joking that I’m the Naked Antiquer).
Maybe you’ve even watched him on Carson Nation – a TV project he launched in collaboration with his good friend Oprah Winfrey. Our guest literally just jetted home from Israel where he was an MC on Miss Universe.
About a month ago today’s guest - Carson Kressley - left a comment on Toma’s instagram page when she announced that THE BUSINESS OF ANTIQUES podcast WAS BACK. Carson Kressley left a comment saying I would love to be a guest on your show. She had to think a moment – do I want to interview Carson Kressley on the Business Antiques? Uhm… is the pope catholic?
We learn throughout the conversation how Toma is Carson’s doppelganger – listen to the full podcast to learn all about how! Toma and Carson begin their conversation talking about how they both are highly selective in their personal buying during traveling - the want and need be truly curatorial about an item to have true souvenir quality. In French, the word souvenir means ‘memories’, and that’s what they are looking to buy – a memory of their trip.
Carson absolutely loves shopping for antiques, something many may not know about him. In all his travels, he always tries to go to the local flea markets and antiques shops. Going to a new flea market is like Christmas morning for him. He tells us about his love of foxes, old Chanel pieces, and mixing and matching – his home apparently is a collection of antiques and TJ Maxx.
Carson describes his love to go to Round Top in Texas for shopping and how shipping companies, like our sponsor The British Shop, make antiques buying so much easier (don’t forget to mention The Business of Antiques podcast when using them for a special deal on insurance!). “Do not fear - keep shopping!”, as Carson tells us.
Toma asks Carson also about his thoughts on dealers using Instagram. While Carson has a love/hate relationship with social media himself, he loves the idea for dealers – especially new ones. Going into stores can be intimidating – connecting on direct message can make the experience more personal, build relationships, and give new dealers a chance.
The conversation closes on a great note for the new year – empowerment. Toma works for this with her Antiques Dealer Training Program – helping new dealers grow their business. With all of Carson’s work with Queer Eye and other shows, he aims to empower all to feel confident in your own skin. You don’t need to make excuses. Be you, you are enough and fabulous.
Happy New Year all and stayed tuned for the next episode.