Returning to my roots, partially

Real Estate Agent with Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 PA License - AB067198

As many of you know who have followed my blog for any time I come from several generations of antique dealers. I grew up outside London and my father and grandfather dealt from a shop on Brompton Road near Harrods. That area at one time had many antique shops, today not any at all to my knowledge.


When I came to America because following the Lockerbie plane bombing it was to connect with the largest part of my market America. My brother had been sent by my father, when he was alive to open a shop in the USA. He began in Los Angeles on Melrose Place and then moved to New York city later. We had split the business as siblings often find it hard to work together.


Arriving in America I settled outside Philadelphia on the Main Line, it felt a little like home with rolling countryside and windy roads. However, the Gulf Wars were just starting and my bank in the UK, even though i had an office in London still panicked and called my loan. Leaving me in the USA with no funding and an investor visa which did not allow me to do anything but work for myself.


Over a period of years, having lost everything, we slowly re-built, I did odd jobs to pay the bills, we sold our house and rented, I found a few good clients who bought from me regularly and some occasional clients who bought from me one off items. But, it was not till we got our green cards in the lottery that life really began to turn around.


Our kids were growing, college or university was approaching, and life had been tough for all of them. I ended up working for an antiques magazine in Massachusetts selling advertising to Europeans, it allowed me to travel and find things for clients at the same time. Then I was approached to help get a new antiques fair off the ground in Palm Beach. Having sold out the show, it became apparent that was not where I needed to be and I returned to Pennsylvania to be with my family.


I began my real estate career, and basically focused on that, but missed the involvement with the antiques world. So, I helped run a couple of antiques shows for charities in the area. But, I was not trading and I missed the fun and thrill of buying and selling things.


After sixteen years, I am returning to my roots. I just registered my new antiques business Home and Garden Antiques LLC, I will be buying antique and vintage items for guess what, the home and garden that appeal to me. 


I am in the process of working on logos, color for cards and invoices and packaging and thinking about what I want to buy and how I am going to market it. I have learnt so much here on AR, how to brand oneself, how to blog correctly, how to make videos, SEO, leveraging social media, affinity marketing, getting advertising for your website that I am excited with this next stage.


I will still be selling real estate, this will be supplemental to that, but it will allow me to travel and find things as I travel and hopefully pay for my trips.


So, keep your eyes open, there may be some future posts as we move right along and if you see something you like, don't hesitate to let me know, special pricing can be arranged for AR members.

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Nick Vandekar
Nick is a Tredyffrin Easttown Residential and Commercial REALTOR selling The Main Line, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties.

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Devon , PA 19333
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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Barbara Todaro as they say, when you are relaxed and not worried about it things usually go well.

Aug 04, 2020 12:29 PM #6
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 When selling homes you may find some rare antiques. I was just talking about that today. I have older clients with beautiful pieces that their children do not want that are antiques - now I know who to call 

Aug 04, 2020 12:52 PM #7
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good afternoon Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 ,

Good for you..follow your passion and apply all the knowledge you have gained and make it happen! I'll be watching for your posts and wish you great success!!

Aug 04, 2020 12:59 PM #8
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Hi Nick... nothing like doing what you're really passionate about. Wishing you all the success you can have in your new (old?) endeavor!

Aug 04, 2020 01:34 PM #9
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Nick- you have been on quite the journey these past few years and that's wonderful news!!!  I am excited for you and hope that you'll continue to share your music and real estate posts with us as well as update us on your new venture. 

Aug 04, 2020 02:20 PM #10
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Hannah Williams thank you, will be happy to help

Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR thank you, will be posting about the journey.

Nina Hollander when you have a talent you can not throw it away.

Kathy Streib of course, that is just part of the journey, real estate is what provides the capital to play with antiques, initially.

Aug 04, 2020 07:46 PM #11
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Aug 08, 2020 06:49 PM #12
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Thank you so much Kathy Streib  really appreciate it.

Aug 08, 2020 08:08 PM #13
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

I came over from Kathy's post this morning. I'm so excited to hear you will be doing something that you love! I look forward to seeing future posts about the antique business!

Aug 09, 2020 05:20 AM #14
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 - I can feel your passion for antiques in this post. We will be watching and cheering you on.

Aug 09, 2020 06:55 AM #15
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Americans used to treasure antiques and speculate they would go upin prices during the hyper-inflationary years. I went to many auctions and had a good idea about prices.

Fast forward in time, one by one these antique stores went out of business. About 1 year ago I went to Carmel, California looking at high end antiques. They charge less than 50% of what I knew from the 80s.  With bigger home and high ceilings it appears there is a need for knights, wardrobe, Vicotiran coach, chaise. But American taste is different today from before. IKEA is favored by young people. Having couch in the open backyard seems to be fashionable.  

We still have older 19 and earlier 20th century furniture at home. A city inspector came in started looking at these funiture and was suprised we use them. At least he likes them.    

Aug 09, 2020 07:57 AM #16
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 - What an inspiring post.  You have faced many challenges and adversity over the years.  You have eluded to this in past blogs and I think it is wonderful that you are moving forward with a plan that works for you.  I sincerely wish you much success. 

Aug 09, 2020 10:09 AM #17
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Best wishes and congratulations on returning to what you love.

Aug 09, 2020 11:02 AM #18
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

Congratulations and break a leg! I appreciate that passion for antiques and your entrepreneurial spirit.

I collected antiques for 20 years from Italy and 1800-1930's Americana items, from furniture to railroad lanterns to any magazine featuring John Wayne on its cover.

Aug 09, 2020 12:57 PM #19
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Nick:

What an exciting change in your life and back to your roots! What a fun read learning more about you! Do keep us all posted as things evolve!


Aug 09, 2020 04:21 PM #20
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Kat Palmiotti a long road ahead, but lots of fun and I enjoy the journey.

Grant Schneider I have missed what I know I am good at these past years.

Sam Shueh prices go up and down all the time, young people will realize antiques are greener than all the items form Ikea and can be bought for less money as well.


Aug 09, 2020 06:53 PM #21
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® I am looking forward to dabbling with the antiques as I focus on my real estate business.

Sharon Lee always good to get back to what you are good at.

Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets interesting, will have to call and find out more.

Jeff Dowler, CRS always fun to do what you love.

Aug 09, 2020 06:55 PM #22
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Wishing you the best as you move forward by kinda moving backwards to a new future endeavor. Have enjoyed getting to know you Nick!

Aug 10, 2020 10:38 AM #23
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

Congrats on learning marketing techniques through real estate to apply to what you love to do with antiques.

Aug 11, 2020 07:34 AM #24
John Henry, Florida Architect
John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc. - Orlando, FL
Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design

I love this.  Going back to do the things one loves the most!  Congrats and best wishes!

Aug 12, 2020 03:31 PM #25
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