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Antiques & Collectibles YouTube Channel - Finds, Fairs, Stories & Reviews

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Antiques & Collectibles YouTube Channel - Finds, Fairs, Stories & Reviews

Another warm 'Blog Post Monday' to you all!

I've been writing my blog for over year now, posting every Monday, without fail.  Talking everything from interesting finds and awful buys, to shop reviews and trade interviews.  I've enjoyed it immensely and I really hope you have too.  I will of course be continuing with my weekly blog, however, to tie in with this, I've decided to put some more of my time into working on a Source Vintage YouTube channel.

Like my Blog, I want this channel to be a reflection of me and my personality, and my day-to-day life as an antiques dealer.  I'll be telling you about my interesting finds, reviewing antique shops, centres and fairs that I visit, and talking about trade related subjects.  If you enjoy your antiques shows, then this might be right up your street.  By all means, let me know if there's something you'd like me to talk about or show you, and be sure to subscribe.

So, as always, get that kettle on, turn your volume up and let me take you on a magical mystery tour of my new Source Vintage YouTube channel... 

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Talking Antiques With Myself - Stephen Wells

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Talking Antiques With Myself - Stephen Wells

Welcome to another instalment of ‘Blog Post Monday’.

This week I received a couple of messages from people who had read my interviews with some of the industry legends.  They both enquired about my background and suggested that I interview myself to give readers a bit of an insight into me and my life.  And seeing as I was struggling for any other ideas, I thought, why not!  If all else fails, write about yourself…right…?!

I’m not really one for being centre of attention and I always feel slightly awkward writing about myself, unless, of course, I'm poking fun.  Defence mechanism…?  Probably…  Nevertheless, I've decided to give it a go.

So, as always, get that kettle on, take a step into my world and let me tell you, about me, writing about me, for you…

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My Worst Ever Antique Buys - Learning The Ropes Of The Antiques & Collectibles Trade

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My Worst Ever Antique Buys - Learning The Ropes Of The Antiques & Collectibles Trade

It's 'Blog Post Monday' once again!  Welcome, welcome, welcome....

Over the course of the past year I've written a few posts about interesting and exciting finds I've experienced during my time as a collector and dealer.  Most dealers like to share stories of their favourite and most fruitful buys, but we're not so forthcoming with the disastrous ones...

Like many of us, I've had my fair share of idiotic buys.  But let's be fair, there's just so much to learn when you're starting out in the antiques and collectibles trade, and it's only natural that you should make a few mistakes a long the way.  I think they call it "learning the hard way" and by jove, haven't I had my moments!  And, for a change, I thought this week I'd be upfront and honest, and share with you some of my worst buys of all time.

So, as always, get that kettle on, settle into your favourite chair and make sure you've got a spare pair of pants to hand, as I regale tales of my most disastrous buys...

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Buying & Selling Antiques - Exciting Finds & Regretful Sales

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Buying & Selling Antiques - Exciting Finds & Regretful Sales

It's 'Blog Post Monday' once again!  Where does time go...!?

Having found some rather exciting pieces of late, it got me thinking about my most treasured finds throughout my antiques career and the absolute regret I've felt when I've sold them.  There have been some pieces which were just so unusual, rare or damn right fascinating, that to this day, I'm still haunted by the regret of letting them go.

I suppose the burning question is, as a dealer, does everything have a price and do you feel obliged to sell?  I've heard some dealers say that a piece is only exciting until the next one comes along.  I've also heard some say that you are only a proper dealer if you are willing to sell a piece, regardless of any emotional attachment....  This week's post is about where I stand on the subject and I'll be having a look back at some of my most regretful sales.

So, as always, get that kettle on, make yourselves comfortable and let me spill my heart out to you as I reminisce about my biggest regrets...

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Numerous New Antique Shops Pop Up In York & Across The UK - An Antiques & Collectibles Boom!?

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Numerous New Antique Shops Pop Up In York & Across The UK - An Antiques & Collectibles Boom!?

Happy 'Blog Post Monday' to you all!

How has your first post-lockdown antiques forage gone this week?  Mine has been great and very, very interesting.  And I say "Interesting", because I have noticed something on my travels, something very positive!

Now, those of you who have followed me from the very beginning, will remember that I wrote a blog post back in July 2020, highlighting the impact that I thought the pandemic would have on the antiques and collectibles trade.  In that post I also predicted an increase in the popularity of antiques and vintage items, and went as far as to say that an antiques "Boom" was on the horizon!  Well, on my travels this week, I noticed some signs that my prediction may just be starting to happen. 

So, as always, get that kettle on, sit back and let me fill you in on what I've seen, and what I think this might mean for the antiques trade.

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