Amazing Space: Hermitage February
Since launching our 'amazing space' award, we have been inundated with nominees from our visitors...as always we are incredibly relieved that we do not make the decision..who knew it would be so hard to single out just one from our wonderfully creative traders!
Despite snow and sleet, our first visit to the Hermitage Leisure Centre welcomed a HUGE footfall. We managed to interrupt John Waine, our deserved winner in between the rush of visitor sales to ask him a few of our questions and hand over his prize of a bottle of wine. As John says, we don't make it easy do we!
John first joined the antique circuit during 2011 as a post retirement past time, seven years later, his attention to detail and beautiful display enables John to continue with his hobby.
When asked to list his favourite piece of stock over the years he felt that there had been too many to remember! However a beautiful art deco silver plated tea set which boasted geometric styling and perfect plating had left a lasting impression.
John's strangest piece of stock has to be a Brabs 'thing of purpose' (as Eric Knowles once said on Antiques Roadshow when presented with an artefact of which he knew nothing about) manufactured by Cartlands of Birmingham. It was very art nouveau in design however I never did find out what it was!!!
When asked if he has ever sold an item to anyone famous, he confirmed that BBC's Mark Stacey made no less than six purchases at our recent event at Xcel Leisure Centre, Coventry...seems Mark shares John's incredible taste for unique items!
On a personal front John would prefer to be stranded on a desert Island with his lovely wife whilst listening to 'La meditation de thais' by Massentt. Finally John would love to have been Woolf Barnato for a day so that he could have experienced driving a vintage Bentley at Brooklands...have to agree with that!.
We have included some photographs to share with you why John was our worthy winner.