Collectors and Buyers
For 25 years, GB Antiques and Furniture Centre has been attracting antiques and collectors buyers from around the world to North Lancashire. With 120 individual dealers, all indoors, owner Allan Blackburn, says the key to the centre's continued success is its variety.
Allan said, “We have gathered together a good selection of different dealers, each with their own specialisms, so there’s something for all types of collectors and buyers. Every year, we have attracted more visitors and more dealers to the site. This year we welcomed over 220,000 visitors and have worked hard to find such a wide range of reputable and committed dealers.”
The centre now includes dealers from throughout the U.K. including a kitchenalia specialist, a dealer in Art Deco and a toy expert, as well as furniture, ceramics and book dealers.
There lots of fascinating collectables dealers too, including a comic and annual expert, a dolls house specialist and the ever popular rocks and fossils stand. Turning from an aisle of elegant porcelain, lustrous mahogany and pretty Victoriana, visitors are now confronted with some very different types of collectables. There’s Halloween collectables with skulls, candles and ornaments, beautiful fabrics and linen tablecloths as well as pottery and porcelain oddments, where you can pick up that one missing mug you need for your matching set, or the odd plate that may have got broken along the way.
It's a surprising contrast which enriches the centre.
Allan said "Some of these items may not be true antiques, but they are usually innovative, unusual and a bit odd! This whole centre is very popular now and there are many buyers, (trade and general public alike), who want contemporary design, a certain pedigree or who are simply looking for that one, off the wall piece to add to a collection.”
The selection of wares is not the only important attraction of GB Antiques Centre. Allan firmly believes that there's no point having a great variety of stalls if visitors find it difficult to get round. As a result, the centre is all on one level and all indoors. Aisles are wide and clutter is kept to a minimum.