Sheffield Antiques Quarter launches this weekend
Dozens of vintage and antiques dealers are working together on the south side of the city
A cluster of antiques centres, vintage boutiques and curiosity shops will be launched under the name of Sheffield Antiques Quarter this weekend.
The thriving hub on the south side of the city is bustling with over 150 dealers selling everything from fashion and furniture to books and architectural salvage. What’s more, there are six cafes offering afternoon teas and cake and a Victorian alehouse serving hearty pies and sausages.
This Sunday (25th November), the Sheffield Antiques Quarter will be officially opened by Antiques Roadshow expert Adam Schoon and 1960s pop singer and former teen idol Dave Berry. Adam grew up in Sheffield and owes his lifelong interest in antiques to the city.
‘Sheffield used to have a thriving antiques scene and my mother would take me in my pushchair around antiques shops in the 1960s,' he says. 'When I was older I used to save up my pocket money to buy antiques in the city's shops. I hope the new quarter will inspire younger people to find vintage bargains rather than heading to places like Ikea.’
The quarter, which is between Heeley and Nether Edge and spans Abbeydale, Broadfield and Queens Road, will also be hosting a Christmas Market on the same day, which will have over 30 stallholders selling antiques, crafts, vintage items and art plus music and a Santa’s grotto.
The Sheffield Antiques Centre group, chaired by Hendrika Stephens of the Corner Gallery, who works closely with Jennie Beard of local events business Hansley Beard, will be handing out a map, trail flyer and loyalty card to visitors over the weekend to help them find their way around.
PHOTOGRAPH: Amie Parsons
WORDS: Sophie Harding