The Stretton Antiques market has become one of the institutions of Shropshire county. The 4-floor center, which has been in existence for more than 30 years, is the largest in the town and houses over 50 individual antique traders who sell everything from fine silver to vintage knick knacks. Open 7 days a week, the market is well-known throughout the UK with some making the journey to Church Stretton only to hunt through the collection of antiques all available under one roof.
Originally built by the Macartney family, as a warehouse, maltings, and shop, the building located on the corner of Sanford Avenue and Easthope Road, that encloses the antique market, opened in the early 1900s and was used during the Second World War as an Industrial training workshop. Most visitors to the market give it a 5-star rating on review sites like Trip Advisor and describe it as “a gem” with “good bargains.”
Other Antique shops near Church Stretton
Shropshire County itself is home to a number of antique shops and dealers. 16 miles away from Church Stretton, the 3-floor Old Mill Antique Centre in Bridgnorth, for instance, has a popular cafe and sells antique china and jewelry among its other items. Ashmans Antiques and Old Lace, established in 1975 and located on the High Street in Welshpool, just over 16 miles away has a good collection of vintage clothing and also sells jewelry and vintage dolls. Brookside Antiques in Norbury NR. Whitchurch, restore and upholster antique furniture and have a large workshop at Brook Farm, while Callaghan Fine Paintings in Shrewsbury have fine art paintings and an art gallery.
Quick tips for buying antiques in Church Stretton
Just like shopping for antiques elsewhere, don’t be afraid to haggle over the price and to ask about damage and restoration to the antique before you do. Handle items, inspecting for anything you will be upset to discover after you’ve paid the purchase price. Ensure that you get a receipt that details the age of the item, its value, any damage or restorations, and material it is made out of.