Arts & Culture
by Aspect County

Out With The Old, In With The Gold

A year and a half of restrictions, disruptions and lockdowns has given many people the time to delve into their hobbies, or to start new ones. And the world of antiques has certainly enjoyed a whole new army of collectors and enthusiasts.

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Television antiques dealer, Clive Attrell, is the man behind the Hastings based Antiques Warehouse, which boasts five floors of antiques and collectibles, from the tiniest jade carvings, to mammoth pieces of Victorian furniture. He, like all the team at the historic shop, are happy to welcome those just getting into the hobby, offering advice and guidance whatever the genre of interest.

Clive himself has over 40 years’ experience as an antiques dealer, and his own personal collection is unquestionably diverse. As a dealer, he will be the first to tell you that you should always collect what you like, and not what you think will make you a profit. Antiques can be a fickle business, and there is no such thing as a guaranteed profit on anything.

With 16 different collectors and traders all having space at the Antiques Warehouse, there is always going to be plenty of choice for both new and existing enthusiasts amongst the hundreds of items on display.

But it’s not all about what you can buy. Many people have also been using the lockdowns to clear out attics, spare rooms, or just the back of that drawer that hasn’t seen the light of day for decades. It’s amazing how many things can be found that actually have some collectible value. Medals, coins, jewellery, even old watches – even if they don’t work – could all be worth money. Clive is available at the Antiques Warehouse by appointment for free valuations, with no obligation to sell. Or if you have larger items, or bigger collections, just get in touch with details of what you have (ideally with a photo or two), and he may even make a house call to you at a convenient time. Clive’s house calls can often have surprising benefits, as it is not uncommon that whilst valuing one item he spots something else that unbeknown to the owners is a hidden gem.

So no matter if you are a new collector, or a long-time enthusiast, whether you’re buying or selling, either drop in or call the Antiques Warehouse, in the High Street, Hastings Old Town