Hello one and all! It's Monday again and you know what that means!
If you've been following my blog, you'll know by now that I've been catching up with industry legends to find out how they got into the trade, about their favourite finds and their biggest regrets, and to get some advice for myself and for anyone else thinking of getting into the trade. These short interviews will continue to come out over the course of the next few months, depending on who I can persuade to take part.
This week I had the pleasure of chatting to Hoof Brocante's very own Adi Higham, whom some of you will also recognise from new BBC1 antiques show, 'The Bidding Room'.
Now, here's a fun fact for you. I actually appeared on the first series of 'The Bidding Room' and Adi bought my item! To this day it has been one of my favourite finds and it's something I've regretted selling ever since! Who knows, with Christmas coming up, Adi just might find it in his heart to return it to me...
If you're interested, you can read more about my TV appearance here.
Anyway, enough of these shameless plugs...! Let's get down to business! Get that kettle on and let's find out what tickles Adi's fancy in the world of antiques...
Q. How did you get into the antiques and vintage trade?
I fell into the antiques trade after buying a mountain bike in a local village auction for £10 and then selling it for £90. The buzz was incredible. So then I started going to loads of auctions and bought bits I liked. This is where my journey started.
Q. What is your current genre or speciality?
99% of what I buy is from France. There is something very romantic about buying in France. They are just very passionate about their history. I adore it.
Q. Who or what has been the main influence on your style?
Tara my partner is a massive influence in my style of buying . She has an amazing eye and picks out things I would never have bought before, but now love.
Q. What has been your favourite find?
My favourite find. Easy. A 1969 Peugeot french fire engine.
Q. Has there been a particular item that you missed out on and wish you had won in 'The Bidding Room'?
I missed out on a Donald Campbell lighter. It was beautiful. But it's okay, I've bought another one since.
Q. Do you have any advice for someone looking to get into the antiques and vintage trade?
My advice for anyone entering this business. Take your time. Start slowly and find your style. Buy something and sell it. And repeat!! Only spend what you can afford, because mistakes happen. And if you try to be too clever, too quick, you could lose your pants!
You can find Adi, Tara and 'Hoof Brocante' at Brookland on the East Sussex/Kent border, on the A259 coming from Rye. They're located on an old RAF base. I'm yet to visit, but I intend to... to get my model spitfire back of course...! But, seriously, I've heard it's eccentric and very well priced. I mean, come on, "eccentric" and "very well priced" are right up my street! See you soon Adi!
Well, that's it for this week folks! I hope you've enjoyed finding out a little about Adi, Tara and 'Hoof Brocante'. Be sure to give Adi a follow on Facebook and Instagram, and more importantly, get yourselves over to 'Hoof Brocante' for a visit! Oh, and if you think he should give me back my spitfire, get that petition started in the comments section below!
So, until next week, stay safe, keep buying those antiques and keep spreading that Source Vintage love!
**** I know many of you have been leaving lovely messages of support for Adi in the comments below and through private messages. I should explain, however, that this is not Adi's website. This is an interview I did with Adi for my Blog. Adi's business is called Hoof Brocante and should you wish to contact him, you can do so via his email address - firstname.lastname@example.org ****
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