Let’s Take A Road Trip Around Some of Wales’ Antique Shops
On a weekend I love to peruse around a few antiques shops. I can spend hours admiring trinkets wondering about their history, who owned them and where they have come from. My passion for all things historic was sparked when I did my Interior Design degree in 2010, where I learnt about design history. In December last year I graduated with an MA in Art History but I haven’t yet been able to visit anywhere to put my new skills into practice. So instead I have been browsing Instagram, taking a virtual trip around some of Wales’ antique shops where I have curated a few of my favourite things to showcase to you.
The antique community have been very friendly over message and I want to thank everyone for their help in compiling this. It’s been great chatting!
Butler’s trays are a very current trend. I have actually been looking at one for my home. I love the practicality and versatility of these as they can be folded away when not in use, the tray can be separated from the stand for breakfast in bed (my favourite use) or purposed as a permanent side table to display items.
Play lady of the manor with this stunning C19 Mahogany butler’s tray on stand from Cowbridge Antiques priced at £220.
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With homes getting smaller and people converting attic space into additional rooms we all need more storage! I can imagine this 18th C Welsh Oak Chest in a dining room, lounge or even a bedroom. A Welsh home is surely incomplete without a dresser! Pop away cutlery and tableware in this small 18th C Welsh Oak dresser, circa 1750, from Snowdonia. Both are gorgeous keeper pieces. The Chest is £1450 and the Dresser is £7250 both available from Tim Bowen Antiques
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As we can’t go to the pub, how about investing in this Welsh high backed pine tavern settle from the 1840’s. The settle has open arms and a panelled back that continues down to the floor to stop draughts going up the occupants legs! For something a little different how about this
Honours board salvaged from Aberystwyth's County School. The 1920’s original board and frame have been made into a wall unit with a lower toughened glass shelf. Past student names who have graduated have been sign written in gold onto the board. Truly a one off. The settle is £895 and the honours board is £525, available from West Wales Antiques
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Spring is in the air and its time to tidy up the garden. Here are a selection of weird and wonderful items such as this coffin bier, which is dated 1815. Stamped into the rail is DD CHURCH WARDEN 1815. Coffin bier, wheels, chimneys pots and other items are all POA from Oakgrove Antiques Centre
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This is a large antiques centre sells antique, retro and vintage items. This is somewhere to spend an afternoon in when shops are allowed to open up! I may get into trouble but I do love this stags head. Have a look around at their other goods. All items are POA from Camarthen Antiques Centre.
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Catherine currently sells antiques and vintage treasures at fairs in Mid and South Wales and has a stall at the Emlyn Antique Centre in Newcastle Emlyn. Everything on this dresser is for sale. This is just the place I could spend an hour in front of and still keep finding new objects of interest! I love the blue Smiths crisps tin in the top right and the cute retro orange weighing scales on the bottom left.
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How gorgeous is this child’s stick chair. I love the kidney shaped seat. This example is circa 1780 made in fruit wood which is rare, as Welsh antiques of this period are predominantly oak or pine. The best Welsh antique furniture always has a heart in it. It's a signature feature of Welsh vernacular furniture and folk-art. It has clearly been made with love as a gift for a child.
Carry on the tradition and give a gift of love with this fruit wood child’s stick chair priced at £680 from Mouse House Antiques. Bear not included!
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I am a massive fan of quirky items. I love this Original Eason Blue Pump from the 1940’s. It is in its original condition and will appeal to the automobile enthusiast. Its too gorgeous to be hidden away. Size is 54” x 18”. It is priced at £1250 from Chris Charles Antiques
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Did you enjoy the Queens Gambit? Here we have a cross between chess and a writing desk! This mid C19th Welsh oak writing slope has an inlaid irregular chequerboard decoration and ‘Cupid’s bow’ shaped gallery. Originating from Carmarthenshire or Pembrokeshire c1860.
Measurements: W: 19″ (48.5cm); D: 16″ (41cm); H: 9.5″ (24cm). Priced at £285 from Nook Antiques
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Hello Dolly! This painted Grodnertal doll stood out for me, she is so different from other dolls you see, in her traditional Dutch dress. The clothing is original and she even wears bloomers! She needs a little TLC as she has no nose and a few holes in her skirt but I'm sure she would be very loved! Size: 25cm she is available from www.1010vintage.co.uk priced at £95.
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I hope you have enjoyed this trip around the antique shops of Wales. Please visit their websites or give them a follow on Instagram.
I plan to do another trip featuring other shops soon! Hopefully next time will be in the flesh! Keep an eye out for my future posts.