About Barbara's of Ajijic
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I am a semi-retired antiques dealer living 33 years in Mexico. I moved here from San Diego in 1985, where I co-owned and operated The Prop Shop. Before leaving San Diego, we conducted the famous Estate Sale for Mary Patrick Birch (Steven and Mary Birch Foundation) where we sold over $1,000,000 in art and antiques. That Estate included many bronzes including the famous "Indian Warrior on Horseback" by Alexander Phimister Proctor which sold for $175,000 at Christie's in June 1984 ( a record for the artist). We now live in Ajijic, Jalisco. It is a small cobblestone village of about 6,000 people on the shore of Lake Chapala, the largest fresh water lake in Mexico. Ajijic and the adjoining small towns along the lake shore have a population of about 12,000 American and Canadian retirees (the winter weather is some of the best in the world). Here, my family conducts Estate Sales for the ex-pat community, my daughter runs the retail store Barbara's Bazaar. We handle some exquisite estates (many ex-pats brought their best things with them to retire here) and we encounter fine art, antique oriental rugs, collectibles, rare books, silver, etc. As the senior member of the family I attend to the appraisals and Internet listings for the business. The shop opened in 1985, I bought it in 1993 and turned the daily operations over to my daughter and spouse about 10 years ago. It has grown from a small 900 sq. ft. operation to approx. 8,000 sq.. ft of display and several warehouses full. As a US citizen, I maintain bank accounts in the US, my PayPal account is a US$ based account, but all our merchandise is shipped from Mexico. We have been shipping to addresses inside the US for about 10 years. We sold on 1st Dibs until they changed their dealer terms to our dislike. So if you purchase from us you may have to respond to US customs requests for your personal data before the item is delivered. We have never found a case where duty was charged on a shipment from Mexico but if were to be charged, it would be the obligation of the buyer to pay such a tax.