The factual TV show Antique Gals is set in a world of Victorian oak pedestal desks and antique cabinets, but Lancashire viewers will have to look in the least expected place to find it.
Antique Gals is a fly-on-the-wall series set in a family-run antiques store, managed by the mother-and-daughter team of Judith and Kate with help from retired matriarch Gloria. Similar in format to the Discovery TV series Auction Kings, which features an antique auctioneers in Georgia, Antique Gals is currently airing from Monday to Friday on the Travel and Living channel. Also part of the Discovery network, it isn’t the most obvious place for a programme that revolves around vintage jewellery and Victorian dining chairs , but Cumbrian viewers will find it tucked between the travelogues and home removals programmes at 2 pm, repeated at 3 am (set the video recorder).
If you have an antique balloon backed dining chair that’s seen better days, and you’re thinking of getting rid of it, the Friday 22nd June episode of Antique Gals was a useful one to watch. Faced with a care-worn Victorian armchair brought in by a customer, Judith quickly saw its potential and offered a reasonable price, before letting Kate loose to get it reupholstered. There was a moment of mother-to-daughter conflict over the final look versus what was requested, but all was resolved when Judith confessed to being thrilled with the end result.
If you need advice on buying or renovating Victorian dining chairs, Cumbria and Preston have plenty of antique dealers who can help.
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