The Antiques Quarter in Sheffield now has roughly 250 traders, selling a variety of items from vintage and salvage, to antiques. During National Antiques Week, sales increased which was surprising news for Hendrika Stephens, especially during a recession.
During the celebrations, a street market was held on Clyde Road, which is part of the Antiques Quarter. The day was a success, with musicians and traders along with local stores opening to celebrate the green credentials of the area in addition to taking much pride in the city. One trader Lorna Foulds said:
“We know there’s not much money around at the moment, but things at an antiques fair are not really expensive and it is green, it’s recycling, passing it on to the next person.”
Foulds added that antiques have a story and will start a new story when they are bought by someone else. Elsa and Howard Greaves want to build the area back up to how it was during the 1970s and 1980s. At that time the area was recognised as an antiques centre worldwide. Although buying previously owned items used to be a monetary decision, it is now a way to reduce the carbon footprint, with less transportation and waste. Hendrika Stephens started promotion of the area a year ago, hoping to encourage more people to visit.
Although traders and markets offer an eclectic mix of antiques, if you are searching for something specialised you may be better visiting an established dealer. For instance, you will find a good selection of antique dining chairs in the Preston area.
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