Bargain Hunting in North West Shropshire ~

An enjoyable weekend spent trawling for treasures whilst enjoying the sunshine at JOS Events 2 day Antiques and Collectors Fair held at the Oswestry Showgound this Saturday and Sunday. The settled late Summer weather, always a blessing to those hardy souls who choose to stall out in the open air, the presence of the BBC […]

Virtual Reality

The Coronavirus pandemic having forced many businesses to abandon the traditional office environment in favour of the “Home Office”, relying upon email as the sole means of communication, what, if any, might be regarded as the drawbacks or limitations of this arrangement ~ First to emphasise the positive aspects of communication by email, rather than […]

Shrewsbury Flea

An enjoyable and productive weekend spent visiting the JOS Events Shrewsbury Flea Market held at the West Midlands Show-ground where, blessed with fine weather, the bustling contingent of stallholders generally appeared happy with the tenor of business. No doubt boosted by the presence of the BBC’s Bargain Hunt team, with some well known faces in […]

Thank You N.H.S.

Monday, 27 July ~ An unscheduled visit to Shrewsbury Hospital rather spoiled the day’s proceedings ~ Just about to set off to the Post Office to dispatch an order when disaster struck in the form of an uninvited medical emergency ~ Delightful Ugandan District Nurse called, who sadly was unable successfully to deal with the […]

Shipping Costs…….

The CoronaVirus pandemic may have caused a slump in business on the High Street, but it appears to have done nothing whatsoever to slow the exponential increase in the cost of shipping goods overseas. While the Internet has taken much of the hassle out of exporting goods around the world, it has to be admitted […]

The Trade…………..

So you aspire to become an Antique Dealer ~ First of all then ask yourself Why ~ What is it about The Trade that you find so attractive ? If it’s simply a matter of aesthetics, then might you not be more suited training to become an Auctioneer, in which case you can enjoy handling […]

Ginger & Pickles………….

Reflecting upon a week which has brought forth more than it’s fair share of time wasters and pseudo “customers”, we sought out our childhood copy of Beatrix Potter’s “Ginger & Pickles”, which delightful though cautionary tale, is guaranteed to bring a knowing smile to the lips of all who have spent time “entertaining” such people […]

Re-writing History……………

Lots of re-examination of past historical misdeeds taking place at the moment in the wake of the removal of Slave Trader, Edward Colston’s statue from it’s formerly elevated position in the City of Bristol. For a thorough understanding and appreciation of the facts underlying this particular case, we would recommend the excellent article by Professor […]

Going for a Song……………

After a gap of some years, I enjoyed, during the past weekend, revisiting “Going for a Song ~ English Furniture”, in which the late Arthur Negus, in conversation with Max Robertson, reflects upon his years in the Antiques Trade. As the “resident connoisseur” of the hugely popular television programme which, in the mid 1960’s first […]

Polly put the kettle on………

Musing on old domestic utensils, my thoughts wandered back to childhood visits to my maternal Great-Grandmother’s home in West Derby, Liverpool. As a child, I would repair each Saturday to 10, Starfield Street, where a regular treat was to be expected in the form of a chocolate cream sandwich cake procured from Lefevre & Martin’s […]