Wales Antiques Guide 2009

I am readying the 2009 Wales Antiques Guide for publication next month. Always a tricky time it has been more so this year because a: I've usually got this far by Christmas and b: there's a reported economic crisis and c: I'm stuffed to the gills with web work. No complaints about the latter, and only myself to blame for the former. But the middle one; dealers and auctioneeers and I suppose collectors are a mixed up people. Often pessimistic and downbeat, show them a a sale listing and they are there brimming with hope and optimism. Every cardboard box, every lumber room, every car boot pitch, a chance to turn a profit or maybe even find the 'big one'. Take last week; one sale, not much there, a lot of modern bankrupt stock, mainly fixtures and fittings. But for one dealer keen enough to look in a box of junk, £40 bought a £500 gold chain. Keep looking, keep smiling!

Paul Williams

This is the blog of Paul Williams, Ceredigion resident since 1970. I am an English and Philosphy graduate of what was once known as St David's University College, at Lampeter. I played bass in Dyfed's first punk band, and living in Llandewi Brefi, had a grandstand view of Operation Julie. Eventually, after 2 years playing bass in Brighton's 256th punk band, I returned to Wales to deal in books and then antiques. I've trained and worked as a counsellor, I am a photographer, blog and web designer and I publish the annual Wales Antiques Guide. I am married and a father of one. Apart from my family, my interests include books, maps, Nikon, Yashica and Mamiya film cameras, British Culture 1935 - 1965, Poole pottery, Welsh textiles, and Poster art. My favourite movies include anything by Pressburger and Powell favourite music includes Gene Clark, Gram Parsons, and anything form San Francisco 1965-1970. I am a late convert to 'Kraut Rock'.

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