Talking Antiques With The Bidding Room's Very Own Jo Roberts

Industry Interviews

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 - - and is heavily involved in the online antiques scene, especially through her Instagram page - .  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.



Q.  What is your most memorable find?



To be absolutely honest there isn’t just one - more often its the latest - because that is still exciting.



Q.  What have you enjoyed most about your Bidding Room experience so far?



The filming was a great experience. I had never been involved in filming before and found the whole process fascinating.



Q.  Where do you like to do most of your buying and why?



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.



Q.  What would you like to see more of coming though the Bidding Room door?



The quirky and unusual.



Q.  What trends do you foresee for the coming year?



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.



Q.  What advice would you have for someone starting out in the antiques trade?



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 - - and give her a follow on Instagram too - - you won't be disappointed!

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So, until next week, stay safe, keep buying those antiques and keep spreading that Source Vintage love!




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  • Lynda on

    My mum has some old (harmsworth universal encyclopaedia special edition in 12 volumes ) and we was wondering where or who the best person to take them to value or sell ? Hope you can be of help ,many thanks

  • Joy Jackson on

    I have a print(?) called PILGRIMAGE TO BEDLAM 1864. Paid 50p from a car boot sale.
    Research says there are only 12 copies, some hand painted some b&w. I think this is the 13th. Worthy of the BIDDING ROOM? Ph 01159118051. Or 0795406855

  • Jones Tom on

    Not a scam – it’s me re: Bournville days ….can you let me have your email address – we want to invite you to my 80th birthday celebrations


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