My grandmother invented retail therapy and I was her apprentice. She would check me out of school to go to sale events. She would never have missed the Week of Wow Event. Her shopping knew no borders, whether it was pricing on vegetables at different markets or stands of pearls. She had a PhD in shopping. My apprenticeship in value and negotiation started at that very young age. It has only grown with the 20+ years I have spent importing from France, Italy, Belgium and Sweden. Learning the trade, how antique dealers in Europe work and the countless antiques I was able to touch on a daily basis inspired my reproduction line, Tara Shaw Maison, launched in 2008.