Antiques site to help new ventures

By Emily Pearce

Friday, December 14, 2012

 

A NEW antiques and vintage emporium, giving fledgling businesses a chance to sell their wares, opened on December 15.

Dores Hill Farm Emporium, near Wootton, is the brainchild of collectables hobbyists Wendy Taplin, 49, and Andrew Goodredge, 40.

After years spent trading at antiques fairs and car boot sales, the couple, of Johnson Road, Newport, decided to set up their own business.

"The idea is to run an emporium where people can rent space to sell antiques, collectables, crafts and vintage goods. I think there’s a gap in the market for people who don’t have the time or money to start their own business but want to trade," said Wendy.

"It’s a great opportunity for people to get a new business off the ground and it will be a great shopping experience for customers, too, because there will be lots of things to choose from, all in one place.

"Hopefully we will get off to a good start over Christmas, with people buying presents."

The emporium has space for up to 30 traders, from small shelving and cabinet areas to ten-foot-square showrooms, and businesses including Island Memories, Oh So Vintage and White Elephant have already signed up.

• Dores Hill Farm Emporium is at the former Cane Furniture and Basketware premises, at Briddlesford Road, near Wootton.

Reporter: emilyp@iwcpmail.co.uk

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