Ecuador reproductions and antiques offer profit potential.
A reader recently sent this note about Ecuador antiques that creates a business idea.
Gary, I just completed buying an apartment in the Colonial section of Quito. Here is an interesting bit. My wife and I love to shop antique stores. A few days ago we found in a rather old shop, a sculpture, from France over 200 years old and bought it for $70.00 valued at over $5,000. Already having a great time in Ecuador.
There are a lot of colonial antiques and really excellent reproductions in Ecuador.
Why antiques? Many of Ecuador’s cities are colonial and have been preserved.
Jean Marie Butterlin who conducts the Ecuador tours sent this note about Ecuador antiques.
Ecuador and Antiques by Jean Marie Butterlin
I love antiques and always have some in our houses wherever we live.
One thing I pay a lot of attention to, when buying antiques is the energy that the pieces of furniture or art carry with them. I have felt many times when visiting friends who had a lot of antiques, that some of their pieces have brought unusual energies in their rooms.
Therefore before buying an antique piece, I always try to get a feel about them, almost doing a little meditation and touching to get the subtle energy that it carries.
When scouting for antique pieces, I always check not only the integrity but also any unusual energies because the last thing you want in your home is stuff that could negatively alter the character of your home.
When moving to Ecuador, I decided not to bring any furniture with me (too far away and too costly) and started looking for some furniture and decorations.
So far I have purchased a small coffee table and desk chair.
This coffee table is…
excellent outside and in.
Recently I started looking for antique doors. In Feng Shui tradition, doors are the entrance of the chi so I pay a lot of attention to the door and the orientation, etc.
This is one type of…
door we have found in Ecuador.
My search for furniture-door expeditions, have uncovered a few people who know a lot about antiques in Ecuador, especially about restoring them.
Cotacachi, is less than 20 miles from San Antonio de Ibarra, the wood carving center of Ecuador. This is where the master carvers make replicas for the Louvre in Paris.
I was curious how these beautiful religious pieces, that come from old convents or churches ended up being restored in San Antonio.
I was told that they came from old churches or convents, that were being destroyed because they were unsafe or rebuilt or were two and three hundred year old doors that had become rotten from weather and age so they needed to be changed for much safer ones.
Such doors usually are scrapped by the Padres because they are not secure enough, because the bottom part was rotten due to age, rain and weather. The masters in San Antonio restore them beautifully. Only the bottom is new.
These doors were restored in San Antonio.
I have not found “my” doors yet. I have found already these pieces… or to be more precise.. they found me… and what a deal also I got!
We have also found the perfect table.
When it comes to antiques, and authentic reproductions, there is a lot to be discovered in Ecuador!
When it comes to shopping, there is something for everyone. One just needs to look and we are here to help you do so.
However be sure you know what you are doing if you buy antiques because the reproductions are so good, but of course reproductions themselves have their own value.
Why are reproductions so good?
The people of Ecuador are creative, skilled, hard working, talented. Here is some statuary at an open air Cotacachi art show.
So there is all types of business opportunity here.
Here is more art work from a great artist in Otavalo.
We help many subscribers start export businesses. There are so many great craftsmen…like this wood carver.
The special opportunity in Ecuador reproductions comes because of the guild system in Ecuador.
In the colonial era, the Spanish sent masters in art…carving, statuary and such to create a guild system and teach local labor to make these crafts for the churches and buildings that rose. With time all these skills have died in Europe because of high labor costs… yet in Ecuador, with really low labor, they remain.
To this day the reproductions are not made to look like antiques. These crafts are made exactly as the same crafts were made 100, 200, 300 and even more years ago! The reproductions are simply “modern antiques”.
Modern times have caught up to Ecuador and many of the masters sadly say this is the last of the era yet the opportunity for these amazing crafts currently remains.
Learn more about Ecuador reproductions and antiques at the upcoming February 24 to 28, 2012 Ecuador Export Tour.