In the new austerity of 2009 you expect some businesses to do badly - car manufacturers, sofa shops, people selling lavish holidays in foreign places - and some to do well.
I had assumed when we began the credit crunch that one of the businesses that would do well would be the small antique shop - the type of antiques that are affordable, one off, retro, recycled.
And yet I am wrong. I know of three antique shops locally that have closed in the last 6 months and heard of another near to my parents today.
I grew up "in the trade" and therefore I automatically look in antique shops rather than rushing to IKEA but it is clear that I am in a minority. Another daughter of antique dealers, - Kirsty Allsop :)- has been busy on tv and in print trying to encourage people to venture into antique shops, to second hand markets, to anywhere but the identikit home stores.
I often pop into the antique outlets at Doune and Abernyte and 9 times out of 10 I am the only person there.
It isn't the price - for mostly, as long as you are not looking for something specifically collectible, the prices are way under what you would pay elsewhere. Perhaps people are just not confident, it seems difficult to see what you are looking for.
I took these photos while visiting my Mum & brother for lunch today - I am borrowing 50 teacups for a village fete influenced wedding. The photo above is of my Mum's shop window - in Gullane Main Street in East Lothian if anyone is looking - she colour themes her windows every fortnight - this time it was black and white. Stunning.
It is great having antique dealers in the family - last time I visited I mentioned that I was looking for something to make a garden table with - and Stephen came up with this great lump of marble which had been sitting in his shop (Lindsey Antiques in North Berwick if anyone is looking!) for a couple of years.
A frame of left over wood, some spare paint (Farrow and Ball down pipe Gigi!) and there you go. A table that no-one else has, that looks stunning, that is 100% recycled and which didn't cost a fortune.