It was a hectic year at Clare Antiques with many and varied furniture and gift items being purchased and delivered to homes up and down the country. People came in search of statement pieces for every room in their house. The warehouse got busier and busier as the end of the year approached with November being the busiest month. The staff were scurrying about shifting furniture in and out, up and down, backwards and forwards.
Busy period at Christmas time
Then came a quieter period as our customers braved the snow and ice on Malting Lane to buy their last-minute Christmas gifts.
Earlier in the year, we had plenty of fine weekends from the May Bank Holiday onwards with many visitors exploring the Clare environs and browsing through the old Mill building. One could have a rest and a chat at a table on the verandah outside, relaxing with one’s purchases, and watching the comings and goings.
cake and chat
Genteel refreshments in the shade on a summers’ day
well-earned rest in good company
Lady in Red Arrives
- Meeting and Greeting
- Period Style
Clare Antiques and Interiors dealers come and go throughout the week, restocking their areas in the building.
Meeting up at Clare Antiques
The Jag Set
Doves on roof of Clare Antiques
Our resident doves fly in and out from their windowsill perch high up on the façade of the Mill.
Doves perched at one of the windows of The Mill
Swan family outside Clare Antiques
Swans on the Lane
A complete family of swans, penn, cobb and cygnets waddle up the bank from the River Stour beside us and stop the traffic on Malting Lane
Many visitors bring their dogs for a walk in Clare Country Park and afterwards wander in to Clare Antiques, where they can sit outside on our verandah on a fine day and enjoy refreshments. We have a trough of fresh water for the dogs.
Dancing and cavorting in the aisles
A good time was had by all
Uniformed and ready to serve the warmed mulled wine and mince pies
[Michael and Robin preened and ready for business “]
David and Michael helping the visitors
Are you being served? David and Michael at the counter
Christmas 2009 brought snow and ice and The Clare Antiques Experience, taking us back in time to Christmas past. Gentlemen in Dickensian frockcoats traversed through Clare Antiques Mill. Butlers and maids were waiting to serve hot mulled wine and mince pies.
Find the most beautiful and unusual jewellery in gold, silver and precious stones at wonderful prices. Seek out unique furniture to enhance your home and browse through our vintage clothing on the top floor for designer dressing. Give yourself an hour to browse in peace.
We are open every day except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years’ Day.
We close an hour earlier on Christmas Eve and New Years’ Eve at 4pm.
Beautiful individual item found at Clare Antiques and Interiors
As we come to the end of 2008, we can look forward to the New Year at Clare Antiques with anticipation. Plans are afoot to bring in many more beautiful items for sale with something new coming in every day of the week.
The dealers are vying with each other to display ever more gorgeous items of special interest and rarity at great affordable prices. The recipient of a gift from Clare Antiques is truly blessed. Just wander around the four floors of the building and you will be lucky, sure to find just what you are looking for.
Christmas cheer at Clare Antiques
All of us at Clare Antiques wish our Dealers and Customers a Very Happy Christmas.
-To Celebrate An Exceptionally Successful Year –
We would love to share a glass of wine or two and some mince pies with you all on the weekend beginning Friday 12th December and on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th as well!!
Clare Antiques and Interiors has the best team of staff in Europe. Each one is unique in his own particular sphere. When they come together, they are awesome. They cater for the needs of nearly a hundred dealers who entrust their wares for presentation in designated spaces within the building. Their dedication is beyond belief. Their enthusiasm is akin to none.
David runs the warehouse building in its entirety like clockwork. He was described in one of the glossies recently as “leaping from floor to floor like a gazelle”. David is a man of many talents. This enables him to transform from chief executive to financial director and from advertising mogul to public relations, all in the blink of an eye. He also makes his own bread. David excels as a multi tasker and he is a trouble shooter of the highest calibre. Our dealers often telephone David for advice and his counsel is much sought after. His quick fire wit and humorous asides are legendary.
Michael is an artistic guru and he can turn the gloomiest space into a breathtaking display that packs a powerful punch. His ensembles are innovative and smart. With a tweak here and a pinch there, Michael can transform a lacklustre set into an exciting visual concept to delight the senses and create maximum impact. His opinion in style and fashion is positively clamoured after. Many clientele travel a great distance to see Michael, they desire that his flair will rub off on them.
Robin is a super salesman who catapults around the warehouse armed with his encyclopedic knowledge. He can frequently be heard saying “that could be yours, madam”. There’s nothing worth knowing about that he doesn’t know in the field of antiques. Robin loves to be challenged on his knowledge and he always delivers the goods. He has a cheery word and a new joke for every situation. Robin always comes up with a novel logistical solution for the buyer at home and abroad.
The warehouse is a huge outlet for lots of different dealers on four floors under one roof. The atmosphere is always friendly and busy with furniture and interesting items coming and going all the time. There are two staff members on hand at all times, combinations of either David, Michael or Robin. The staff are very helpful and funny and usually running around looking after customers and moving things around or in and out of the building.