There is definitely something about that autumnal nip in the air that brings out the antiques hunter in lots of us, spurred on perhaps by all the antiques hunting programs on television. If you are a television antiques program junkie, you might want to head for the new Harrogate Antiques Center on Leeds Road, Harrogate, in Yorkshire on November 18. David Harper, one of the BBC's popular antiques experts, will be appearing at the purpose-built, 50-dealer center from 1:30 p.m.
If the number of antiques programs on British and American television is anything to go by, most of us seem to be getting the antiques bug. It started in the UK with the Antiques Roadshow - quickly picked up by US and Australian TV. Now, there's also the BBC's Antiques Road Trip (a video game in the US we hear), Dickinson's Real Deal (The Real Deal in the US) and Flog It - where owners bring their antiques to be valued and then go immediately to an auction.
Find out if all these antiques on television have turned you into something of an expert by tracking down your own treasures:
- Best Towns and Villages for Antiques Shopping in the UK
- Burford for Antiques Shopping and More in the Cotswolds
- The Antiques Centre in Stratford-upon-Avon
- Antiques in Brighton's Lanes.
If you're more of a Cash in the Attic or Bargain Hunt fan (two more TV shows that have crossed the pond) and you hope to turn brass into gold, you'll want to make tracks for one of the UK's giant car boot sales where just about everyday, somewhere in Britain, one person's trash becomes another's treasure. Learn about UK Car Boot Sales and where to find them.
© Ferne Arfin