Victorian dining chairs are a hot seller in Lancashire right now – or would be, had the snow not brought things grinding to a halt. Now, antiques dealers are seriously worried about the implications on Christmas trade.
Antiques are not the kind of thing that can easily be transported – certainly not heavy furniture like antique desks and sets of Victorian dining chairs. This is what Lancashire antiques dealers are most concerned about, as December is the one month of the year when Victorian dining chairs and tables are expected to sell – Lancashire has a healthy regard for traditional furniture and big family gatherings.
Unfortunately, unless those involved in the sale are located in a big central town like Preston or Burnley, those Victorian dining chairs have no way of getting from the sellers to the buyers – or, indeed, from the original owners to the sale rooms. Delivery vehicles are particularly affected by the snow – freezing diesel, impassable country roads and loss of traction on hills make deliveries of valuable items like antique desks a no-no.
Many antique dealers in Lancashire now make their Victorian dining chairs and other fine furniture available online, which makes life easier for more remote buyers – but not when there’s a blizzard outside. Not getting your Tesco goodies delivered is one thing – but no-one wants to see the valuable Georgian bureau they’ve just paid for arrive at their home as matchwood!
Lancashire antique dealers are battling the elements to make sure that Victorian dining chairs get to their Preston buyers in time for Christmas. Though if you’re snowed in, it’s probably best to get the folding furniture out of the loft, just in case.