Last week I talked about how my son Jimmy came into the family business and he now looks after the furniture side of the business.
The thing we both love about furniture is that most pieces could tell a story.
The size of the piece and its condition and date paints a picture of a lifestyle and is part of our history and heritage.
I truly understand why people collect old furniture, it really is a window into the past, our social history and how we used to live.
These days people have started to see old furniture as an investment.
There has definitely been a move away from Ikea or the glory days of MFI when every item came flat packed and if it broke, it was thrown away rather than get repaired.
Increasingly people are on the lookout for that very special piece that can be looked after, restored, cleaned and treasured.
More and more these pieces are being handed down through the generations, prolonging their antique life and gathering value.
Antique furniture doesn’t cost the earth and in many instances is actually cheaper than buying a new, modern piece.
Antique furniture offers good value for money and as our visitor numbers show, draws a lot of visitors to the centre.
A good piece of furniture should go up in value or at the very least hold its price. It’s not often you lose out if you shop carefully.
My advice is always to buy the best you can afford and look after it.
Don’t wrap it or store it away: display it, use it and enjoy it as old pieces can look perfect even in the most modern of homes.
I will admit to loving porcelain and pottery more, (in fact that’s my specialism), so nowadays, while I’m still interested in furniture and always keep an eye on what’s coming in and going out of the centre, Jimmy leaves the smalls to me, I leave the furniture to Jimmy and we’re both really happy with this arrangement.