Antique dealers have been opening their doors to customers once again following the easing of the lockdown. In order to re-open, they have had to make sure that shops are Covid-19 secure.
Customers will now find that shopping for antiques has changed as shops adapt to protect their staff and customers from the spread of the virus. Antique shops have restricted the number of visitors allowed in their shops at any one time. This may mean at busy times customers having to wait a few minutes until a customer exits the shop before they can enter.
There are extra hygiene measures in place and shop layouts have been reorganised to facilitate social distancing. Staff will serve customers from behind clear protective screens and for lower priced items, owners may request that payment is made by contactless credit or debit cards.
However, some antique shops remain closed as they are still in the process of adapting their shops before they can re-open their doors to customers.
Throughout the government-imposed lockdown, many people have been decluttering their homes and are parting with antiques they no longer want. Professional valuers are offering virtual valuations using online video conferencing applications so that they can view and assess antiques.
The changes in antique shopping have not prevented customers from enjoying browsing for antiques, with many dealers reporting strong sales since they re-opened.
It has been a difficult time for antique dealers. Some have earned income from online sales or offered safe home contactless deliveries. There has been a demand for antique desks for homeworkers to use in stylish home offices.
Antique dealers welcome the chance to offer a full service to their customers again.
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