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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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6 Antique Shops To Visit Post Lockdown - My Lockdown Release Hot List

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6 Antique Shops To Visit Post Lockdown - My Lockdown Release Hot List

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...

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An Antique Crested Ware Find & A Series Of Unlikely Events - Whitchurch (Hants) to York

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An Antique Crested Ware Find & A Series Of Unlikely Events - Whitchurch (Hants) to York

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...

 

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The Greatest Antique Loft Finds That Made Millions

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The Greatest Antique Loft Finds That Made Millions

Good lord, it's Monday again...!  That means it's blog post time...!

I saw an article this week about a family who uncovered some very rare railway posters in their loft which could be worth a fortune...!  So I had a quick google and found story after story of people uncovering all sorts of rare items which have gone on to fetch tidy sums at auction!  It got me thinking...  What is my greatest ever loft find and more importantly, what is yours?!

So, this week, I'm looking at some of the greatest loft finds ever and I'm putting the question out to you.  What are your greatest and most valuable loft finds?  And I'll have a think about mine too...

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Happy Yorkshire Day - For The Love Of Whitby Jet!

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Happy Yorkshire Day - For The Love Of Whitby Jet!

Happy Yorkshire Day everybody! For those of you that don't know, Yorkshire Day is celebrated annually on 1 August to promote and celebrate the historic English County of Yorkshire. And in joining in these celebrations myself, I thought it might be nice for the sixth instalment of my Source Vintage Blog to be about the stunningly beautiful gemstone, Whitby Jet.

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