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Stafford Hall Antiques and Vintage

Stafford Hall

LOCAL

The word ‘antiques’ can conjure an image of a fusty shop full of brown furniture and a dealer waiting to swindle the unwitting amateur. However, the rise of boutique-like antique shops is giving online marketplaces a run for their money when it comes to the sometimes mystifying world of historical objects. 

Excelle catches up with David Hall, owner at Stafford Hall Antiques and Vintage, in the beautiful market town of Wetherby, to hear how childhood curiosity evolved into a career. “My passion for antiques and vintage has always played a part in my life, whether in the form of classic cars or mechanical watches. It started as a young boy observing my grandfather’s interest in finding out about an object’s past. A painting or antique, for example, might have been gathering dust in someone’s attic because it was ruined somehow.  I like that; it reveals character. Its future is guaranteed for that reason - that’s some of the value of an object’s past.”

David’s business, Stafford Hall Antiques and Vintage, was launched in March, although has only recently opened a shop front in July due to the coronavirus lockdown halting proceedings. The new store is located on Cross Street, Wetherby, in a charming period building that suits its collection of antiques perfectly. 

After studying Interior Design in Leeds, then working within the industry, David moved to work with quality jewellery, later to run his own pre-owned watch business whilst moving closer to setting up the current antiques and vintage shop.

He says: “I’m not sure it is possible to formally train as a dealer. What is most important is the passion. If it’s something you wish to pursue as a career, you’ll work things out as you go. When we see something unusual, that’s the trigger: it’s visceral. Although I like certain styles, I’m not defined by period. This is why we have an eclectic mix of antiques, collectables, coins, watches, jewellery, antiquarian paintings, and statement pieces of vintage jewellery. They appeal to our customers, who are as diverse as our collections. 

“For many people, antiques shops may be seen as intimidating, or they assume it’s all fusty brown furniture. Some people don’t have the confidence when it comes to buying pre-owned historical items. It’s very rewarding when they walk into the shop and ask for advice and we can make suggestions for them to look at or try on.”

"Visit Stafford Hall Antiques and Vintage to discover the extraordinary beauty and refined elegance of items from a bygone era. Often hand-made by skilled craftsmen you’re sure to discover something magical, unparalleled by modern design and with a fascinating past that could also be a sound investment."

Stafford Hall Antiques and Vintage

Sapphire House, 6 Cross Street,
Wetherby, LS22 6RD

01937 587666

www.staffordhall.com

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