My first foray into the world of antiques was Adam Partridge’s auction rooms in Macclesfield. The viewing was on a Wednesday, which also happened to be my 29th birthday.
Walking into the room and trying to take in all of the furniture, books, paintings, rugs and other amazing pieces was a sensory overload. For others in my age bracket, it might have been odd to hear, “I’m going to look at antiques” as a reply to the question, “what are you doing for your birthday?” But for me it was a great experience and it feels like it has opened up a whole new world to me.
My partner and I went to the second day of the auction, on the Friday, and our newbie status was confirmed when we chose to sit on two skinny, strange looking chairs at the front. When they came up for auction, Adam rightly commented that we must have been fairly uncomfortable, what with them being kneeling prayer chairs!
Yesterday, I attended auction number two and felt a lot less like a hapless fool, although I did make one rookie error in not bringing my coat. I had forgotten how cold it got in the auction room, and spent most of the time with my scarf around my face, trying to get the rest of it to cover the knee holes in my jeans. However, I won the bidding war for a beautiful Victorian whatnot at £380, a Persian rug for £40 and a Robert ‘Bob’ Richardson print of Manchester opera house for £10.
If you haven’t been along to Adam Partridge’s auctions before, I’d recommend you check it out. He and Chris are really amusing, engaging auctioneers. You can go in person (definitely to view the lots) or bid online or over the telephone.