In 2010 something amazing came into my life. Something so beautiful and precious.
The above photo shows the first set of leaded light window sashes I ever acquired. One day I was at the local dump when I saw some fool throwing them away. I rescued as many as I could out of sentimentality not thinking of monetary value. It snowballed from there. As a hobby for next five years I bought and sold sets locally. Something else came into my life that year. Ten years on…
I now sell full-time as an internet order based business having discarded a well paid job with sick/holiday pay and a pension but happy as Larry shipping this stuff all over the world! I continue to add to my collection…
I had dreams of employing staff and renting expensive London showroom space. Now is the first time I feel lucky not to be in that situation.
Working from home has never been that bad. Of course there is someone else very special who helps make home/work/life bearable but she is behind the camera!
2020 is poignant for another reason. If you regard “antiques” to mean something 100 years old or older then more of my stock, particularly the framed leaded toplights as shown below, can now be classed as such. This style was made between the 1920s – 1960s.
Having always traded as an internet order business there is little difference to how I am operating in the current circumstances. To demonstrate this thought I would show everything I have packaged and despatched this week. Unless stated otherwise all packages were sent to the USA, using FedEx.
R1058b to Cookeville, TN
S1012e classic Victorian door panels to Madison, IN
S1076 antique painted bird to Waco, TX, using UPS
R1003d two packs consisting of a set of seven to Tain, Scotland using Menzies Highlands and Islands:
There are only so many hours in the day for packaging. For deliveries within England sometimes I arrange for Alex, an independent courier, to collect and deliver directly to my customers. Here are two orders collected today. I left them in the back of my car so Alex could collect without there being any need for contact. This is the same policy for anyone who wants to arrange their own collection.
That’s it, but it’s only Thursday! The small difference to my normal operation is I cannot have people over for viewings at the moment. That service was always limited due to the lack of space I have, given that I operate from a three bedroom house!
Read about my experience buying and selling leaded stained glass windows and spares parts. Gain from my, and my customers', knowledge and experience with interior and exterior design and high quality decoration. These posts give you a peek into the workings of my business.
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