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My prediction of fashion trends Duncan Campbell HAS BEEN DEALING IN ANTIQUE SILVER SINCE 1986.

They are guaranteed to change

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t is hardly news to report that for years now, many categories of antiques, especially furniture, have been about as fashionable as flu. The main reason for this seems to be a 21st century enthusiasm for clean lines and minimalism. A word to the wise, never to use the ‘m’ word in an antique shop, most antiques dealers will get twitchy at the very mention of the word minimalism. Thankfully for me, not everyone has gone along with this ‘empty shelf chic’, but a public lack of interest in objets d’art, along with selling platforms like eBay, has caused countless antique shops up and down the land to close up. However, the one thing you can rely on about fashion is that it will change and soon enough we will be lamenting not having bought that antique [inset item] in 2019 when it was ridiculously cheap. Timing is everything and not everyone has the space to store big georgian sideboards in anticipation of a price rise. We have now had an interior design look based around Scandinavian emptiness for nearly 20 years. Old brown furniture has mostly been sold off at firewood prices and granny’s fancy plates and nick nacks have gone off to charity shops.

How can it be then that the newest fad around is for ‘de-cluttering’, what on earth have folk been buying that is in such urgent need of a trip to the skip? I can only conclude that rather than buying beautiful items for the home, fashionable homeowners have been spending their hard earned money on the utterly useless. Funny old world! n www.beaunashbath.com, 01225 334234

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