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My Second Virtual Road Trip Around Wales' Antique Shops

Following on from my blog about my first virtual road trip around some of Wales' antique shops. After the news of non essential shops not being open until after April 12th, I wanted to help out my friends in the antique community. Although, as I loved my first virtual trip, I did have plans to do another and I had great reviews from others who messaged me to say they enjoyed reading the blog and having a virtual mooch. So grab a cuppa and relax, as I bring to you some quirky items from a range of Welsh shops!


Ragamuffins Emporium is the only multi trader antique, retro & vintage emporium in Pontypool. They have been featured on BBC’s Flippin Profit, Antiques Roadtrip & Celebrity Antiques RoadTrip. Lets inject some colour into our home for summer with these retro pieces. How 80's is this red glass and chrome set? £48 for the three. They have a range of colourful artwork and signs in stock (it was so hard to choose which one to feature), this 70's soulful piece is £125. How about this rare version of the famous ball chair? It's child size at just 37" tall. £265.

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Browndog Vintage is a place where last century furniture and other oddities found on their travels reside. These pigeonholes are fashionable to have at the moment to create wall art by putting little items in them. These fantastic pair of industrial metal pigeonholes, ex sorting office, are £125.00 each. Love this Vintage Regent Super Green paraffin can with spout at £45.00. I cant imagine this Welsh oak spinning chair was comfortable to sit in for a long time, look at the wear on the seat! This is £65.00

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Saundersfoot Vintage Antique 2020 is situated in an antique centre found within the walls of an old Victorian School in the beautiful seaside village of Saundersfoot. They have a diverse mix of high quality stock, sourced from all over the UK, France and Germany by sixteen highly experienced dealers. I love this late 19th century carpenters bench, it could be used as a free standing kitchen island. It still has its original wooden vice which can be transferred to the opposite side if it’s position needs to be moved. The top is an amazing colour with all its original historical scars. If only it could tell its story! How cool is this? A quirky repurposed lamps. I love the old baker lite radio with its double bulbs and its fully pat tested. How about these fabulous fossilised stone platters, so antique it’s scary! Each platter has fine examples of fossilised Ammonites and Orthoceras. Prices and many more items available on their website.

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Welsh Vernacular Antiques is a long established independent family business run by husband and wife Jonathon and Yvonne Holder. Located in a stunning former Chapel Vestry set in the picturesque coastal hills of Ceredigion in West Wales, they hold one of the UK’s largest stocks of Welsh Antiques and Country furniture. Imaging walking into a Welsh Farmhouse or cottage two or three hundred years ago, all the things you might wish to see are what they deal in. This rare and impressive 18thC Yew Wood Primitive Stick Back Armchair of Hoop back Gillows style of the very highest quality. Original throughout and in exceptional condition with only a small historic repair to the hoop and a strengthening piece to the underside of the seat to mention. £1250. This absolutely outstanding mid 19thC Welsh sycamore Love Spoon is of rare form in exceptional condition. The delicate bowl typical of the region in which it was purchased in West Montgomeryshire. This example is unique in our opinion as the spoon houses a working Sycamore bell held in place with wire allowing it to swing freely. Whilst bells are a common symbol to be found in Welsh Love Spoons, representing the wish to be married, they usually appear as pierced silhouettes and never of three dimensional form. £950. This beautiful 19thC Welsh Oak Coffor Bach is from Carmarthenshire. Such a pretty example with waisted design and cushion moulded ogee fielded panels. In nice order having been lovingly restored several generations ago. It is lovely and sturdy with gorgeous warm colour. Width 25” Height 17.5”. Depth 14. Pleased to offer this superb piece at such a fair price especially given how rare and highly sought after they are. £950. For more details check out their website.

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Mid Wales

Toadhall Antiques deal in general antiques, quirky items and decorative salvage.

I love these enamel signs Danger in English and in Welsh. Think I need something like this for outside my daughters bedroom! POA. I love this 19thC oil painting: Buoyant, bracing, invigorating. The view is taken off the wooden railway bridge in Barmouth looking east up the Mawddach estuary. POA. There are 3 of these old wooden egg boxes. Grab yours in time for Easter. POA.

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Vintage Junkies are located at The Former HSBC Bank Market Square, Llanfair, Caereinion. I love this Victorian paraffin lamp and 1960s minimax Gas Cartridge Water. The last in the line of conical extinguishers, a design that stemmed back 40+ years previous. I love a good cabinet and here we have two. A lovely metal Engineers Cabinet with key which has been lightly sanded and waxed to retain the great colour & patina and a Mid Century Military First Aid Cabinet manufactured by Remploy. All Original. POA

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Estuary Antiques are a busy antiques dealer located in The Emporium, Machynlleth. Specialising in antiques, garden, interiors and curios. How about reliving your youth and passing down to grandchildren, this wonderful collection of 1940's and 50's children's books and annuals. This image is one of the first 10 Daily Express Rupert Adventure Series published between 1948 and 1951. There is a café in Newport, Gwent called Fanny's. I need to send them this as it would be perfect for them to add to their shop front! Love this pair of 19th century toleware students candle lamps. All original paintwork and loads of character. All items POA.

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Merfyn and Trish Jones are mjonesaifabantiques, dealers and lovers of Welsh country furniture, folk art and other stuff with soul, for over 38 years, and they still love what they do!

The Jones' specialise in these 18th and 19th century wrought iron Rushlight holders . The top row are mainly Irish ones and the rest are Welsh . Prices range from £320-£590.

Next is an late 18thC / early 19thC cwpwrdd bara caws ( oak bread and cheese cupboard ). This is an iconic piece of welsh furniture and one of four they have in stock. Rarer than the Welsh dresser as they were only ever made in three counties of north Wales. Prices are between £2,400 - £4, 200. I love these Georgian candle boxes, you could put one anywhere, from the hallway to the lounge, handy to put away things you don't want to have to deal with - like bills! POA. They also stock related country pottery such as buckley and spongeware , blue and white and Mochaware and kitchenalia and Welsh blankets . Check out their website for more.

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North Wales

Jane Williams is a freelance valuer and dealer and also auction house valuer and cataloguer. She is third in a generation of Welsh antiques dealers, with her grandmother and mother before her. She has a BA Hons Antiques & Design Studies UCLAN - 2005.

These Gothic Revival pair of Pugin influenced solid oak 19th Century Coffin Chairs are more popularly known as hall chairs (to which they have a better ring too!) Have a high quality carving and are stylistically superb. Jane has enjoyed owning them but now its time for them for new owners. What you think about this lovely carved model of a Thai ‘Spirit House’ Alter. They are a shrine to the protective spirit of a place found in southeast Asian countries and are good luck (I need one in every room!). This example probably dates from the 70s and is a great interiors piece. 19”x 12.5”x 16” Price:£195. How cool is this Vintage Fire Truck Peddle Car. Probably from the 70s or 80s in date but in great original condition and in good working order! The steering and peddles all both ok and the fire bell and hose! Defintely a gift for children who would love something different from what's out there at the moment! POA

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I hope you have enjoyed this second virtual trip around some of Wales' antique shops. There will definitely be a third! Please message me to be included next time, but remeber you have to be based in Wales!

Erica x

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