It's Monday, it's blog post time and I have another guest interview for you!
This week, I was very fortunate to catch up with artist, turned antiques dealer, turned TV star, Jo Roberts! Some of you will recognise her from BBC antiques show 'The Bidding Room'.
Jo sells at fairs and through her own website - josobjectsofdesire.co.uk - and is heavily involved in the online antiques scene, especially through her Instagram page - @josobjetsd.art . Her Instagram live chats are a must see, if you haven't already, and her duets with fellow 'Bidding Room' dealer, Adi Higham, are a fun addition. Jo is simply bursting with creativity and energy, and has a real eye for style.
So, without further ado, let's get down to business. Get that kettle, kick back and let's find out a bit more about one of 'The Bidding Room's' newest resident experts, Jo Roberts....
Q. How did you get into the antiques trade?
I was an artist for 25 years, was selling a few items on eBay, which I enjoyed. A friend mentioned that she knew someone who did this and that they bought from a local auction. I went to the auction and that was it, I was hooked!
Q. What is your current speciality or interest?
None, in that it isn’t one particular area. I love objects that are different in some way, unusual, often with some wear and tear.
To be absolutely honest there isn’t just one - more often its the latest - because that is still exciting.
The filming was a great experience. I had never been involved in filming before and found the whole process fascinating.
It’s a mixture of online auctions, large fairs & dealers I know. I like the fairs best as they are great social occasions.
Q. What is your favourite part of your job and why?
Quite simply - all of it! You are never bored because there are so many different aspects to it.
The quirky and unusual.
More items for the home and garden, as we are likely to be spending more time in these spaces, changing and improving them to make them as enjoyable as possible.
Only do it if you are really passionate about it. It is incredibly rewarding if you love it, but it is 24/7 and really hard work.
Well, that's it for this week folks! I hope you enjoyed this little chat with Jo. A big thank you to Jo for agreeing to chat to me and for being a part of my blog, I really do appreciate it. Go check out the delights she has on offer at her website - josobjectsofdesire.co.uk - and give her a follow on Instagram too - @josobjetsd.art - you won't be disappointed!
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