In Lancashire, David Harper is known from his appearances on Cash in the Attic, where he helps people make money from the Victorian dining chairs and other gems hidden in their homes. Now, he has done the same thing for a Sheffield charity shop.
David pops up regularly on antiques TV programmes, appearing in Bargain Hunt, Antiques Road Trip, Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is and many other shows. Recently, however, he made an appearance of a different kind when he agreed to value donations at a Sheffield Conservation Volunteers charity shop.
The ‘Antiques are Green’ message is widely advertised in the antique shops of Lancashire, where Victorian mahogany partners desks and other fine furniture can be found at sensible prices in areas like the Ribble Valley and Preston. As an antiques dealer and valuer himself, perhaps it isn’t surprising that David Harper chose to support an environmental charity.
The Conservation Volunteers has something of a history itself, starting life as the Conservation Corps in 1956. Today, there are around 2000 community groups, preserving green spaces throughout the British Isles. However, the first valuable item David found when he visited the Sheffield shop definitely wasn’t green – in fact, it was made of orange plastic. It was a set of eight Pedrali dining chairs – an Italian design classic worth around £50 each.
David is continuing to assess items donated to the shop, sending any valuable finds to auction. If you have a Victorian balloon back dining chair or other antique you want to sell, remember that a Lancashire antique dealer won’t charge seller’s commission – and you can always donate the money to charity afterwards.
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