IN THE JUNE/JULY 2019 ISSUE…
Over the past few months it’s been really good to see new shops and showrooms opening, with some younger dealers opening for the first time. Other dealers, such as Cassie and Edd, who we are chatting to in this issue, have decided to put their shop days behind them and work from home instead, offering them more freedom and flexibility.
Having never had a shop myself, River and Jones has always been run from home, although there is something romantic about the idea of having a traditional shop, with windows to dress, and a place that you can use to bring your business to life visually. It’s a question that’s been tugging at my heart strings for a while, and after viewing a few shops in Italy and at home, the draw to take the plunge is becoming difficult to resist. Having said that, the freedom of not having a shop is what matters most to us at this stage. There are no rules, no right or wrong way to run an antiques business. It all comes down to individual preference and circumstances. As with everything in life, it’s about finding the balance between opportunities and sacrifices, and within that each dealer finds a way that feels right to them.
IN THIS ISSUE: WE LOOK INTO the weird and wonderful world of Harry from The House of Antiques to find out why extraordinary people are drawn to extraordinary objects.
Then we step inside the beautiful home of Cassie and Edd from Dig Haushizzle, and look back at their exciting story, and the pop up shop that launched their business.
Up next is Jonny from Noble and Thane who introduces us to ‘The Admiral’ sofa, and tells us why Tetbury continues to be one of the best spots for antiques.
Finally, Sam and Naomi from Cunningham White’s talk to us about the importance of sustainability and how buying antiques that are built to last is simply better value for money.
ISSUE 46 - JUNE/JULY 2019
ISSUE 45 - APRIL/MAY 2019
issue 44 - February / March 2019
Issue 43 - December / January 2019
ISSUE 42 - OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2018
Writing for VE has been a real privilege. I am fortunate enough to have the freedom to choose the dealers that I’d like to interview, and can say, or ask whatever I like, with no restrictions or editing. This carte blanche can go either way when talking to some of the trades biggest personalities, and after easing my way into this writing gig over the past few issues, I thought it would be a good time to chat to the trade’s most controversial dealer. Drew Pritchard is a man whose name echoes through antiques shops, fairs and living rooms all over the world. Everyone in the trade knows of him, and all seem to have formed their own opinions – some dealers are utterly inspired by his achievements, others find him obnoxious! Having never spoken to Drew before, I wanted the opportunity to form my own opinion, one based on my own experience and gut instinct rather than what I’d heard on the grapevine. Read more…