It's that time of the week again!
Welcome to this week's instalment of "Blog Post Monday". I hope you're all hanging on in there. I don't know about you, but after the announcements last week about the route out of lockdown, along with a few days of sunshine, I actually feel some hope. Hopeful that, in the not too distant future, we'll be able to get our "wheeling and dealing" back on and visit some actual antique shops, centres and fairs!
With this in mind, I began thinking about all of the antique shops I've heard glowing reports on, but I haven't yet visited. So, this week, I thought I'd share with you my "Lockdown Release Hot List" of antique shops I want to visit as soon as Covid allows. But also, and perhaps more importantly, I want you to get involved here and share with me, and the Source Vintage family, the shops that you rate highly and think we should visit.
So, get that kettle on, get those maps out, and together, let's plan our post lockdown antiques road trip...
Welcome, once again, to "Blog Post Monday"!
This week, I was ever so fortunate to chat to a legend of the trade and star of some of TV's finest antiques shows. Many of you have requested this interview and I have delivered. So, in the style of a boxing introduction... "let's get ready to rumble...!"
"In the red corner, hailing from one of the birth places of the industrial revolution and rated by many as one of the best pound for pound antiques dealers of the last decade. Please, Ladies and Gentlemen, give it up for Bargain Hunt, Flog It! and Antiques Road Trip's very own, Mr Charles Hanson...!!"
A happy "Blog Post Monday" to you wonderful lot! I hope we're all bearing up and staying as positive as we possibly can right now. Hopefully this post will help brighten up your day.
I was sat straining my brain for something mildly interesting to write about this week when it struck me! No, not Covid, but an intriguing true story that I thought I could share.
So, as always, get that kettle on or, perhaps, to make this story a little more interesting, take a shot of liquor every time I mention the word "Whitchurch" (drink)... Here's a story of a little place called Whitchurch (drink), an antique and a series of unlikely events...
Welcome one and all to another instalment of "Blog Post Monday"!
What a time we're all living in right now! We are witnessing some historic changes all over the world and the way we do business is one of them. I don't know about you, but my bottom had already started twitching with the uncertainty of what Brexit was going to mean for UK businesses, without throwing a global pandemic into the equation as well...!
I think it's safe to say that businesses are going through a real roller coaster of a ride at the moment, particularly small business. Issues that you may or may not have seen coming, have arrived, and small business is having to adapt over and over and over again, just to stay a float. It got me thinking about my own business and the antiques trade as a whole...
What if I could some how pull together some data to help forecast and map these changes and trends within the antiques and collectibles trade...? Would this be something that would benefit myself and others within the trade...? Well, I've decided to give it a damn good go and this week's blog post is a call to arms...!
Welcome, once again, to "Blog Post Monday"! If you're an avid follower of my blog, you'll know that throughout last year, I was fortunate enough to do a series of interviews with some seriously big names in the antiques trade. I absolutely loved doing them and you seemed to enjoy them too. With that in mind, I wanted to continue with them this year, so I have been busy reaching out to some more stars, in the hope of persuading them to take part in my small, but mighty, antiques blog...
Over the course of the next few months I will be featuring the following industry legends; Charles Hanson, Jo Roberts, Tara Franklin and Adi Higham (Take 2), to name but a few... I'm very excited about this and I'm sure you are too! So, to ensure that you don't miss them, sign up to my email list from "create account" at the top of this page.
However, kicking off our industry interviews for 2021 is 'Etoile Brocante's' very own Kate Plumpton. Now, I was super excited about this interview because not only is Kate an antiques dealer, but she's also an agent to the stars, and we're taking about some big names here...!! So let's find out what Kate had to say when I caught up with her last week...