It started back in 1974, with a gentleman called Derek Martin, who’s interest in antiques, spurned him to buy a small shop in Sheffield, wit...read more
It started back in 1974, with a gentleman called Derek Martin, who’s interest in antiques, spurned him to buy a small shop in Sheffield, with his knowledge and great ability to restore furniture, the business quickly took off.
In 1975 Derek’s eldest son Alan was working at Meadow Bank Engineering when Derek asked him if he would come and join him in the antiques trade, Alan said yes. So the small shop was sold and a large warehouse was purchased on Balmoth court just off Abbeydale Road and Martins Antiques was born.
The warehouse was open to trade only, and was open Monday to Friday and on Saturdays Derek and Alan went out and about, usually round Halifax, Huddersfield etc., purchasing new stock, this is were Alan’s amazing talent to pack a van and stack the roof rack come into its own, it was a sight to be seen, sometimes they was only able to drive in second gear because of the sheer weight, even after buying a bigger van, Alan would still pack it to capacity and passengers usually
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