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Ten-year-old Ridley Partridge, one of the youngest dealers in the trade, surrounded by his stock at the Victoria Mill Antiques and Collectors Centre, where he has shown a profit during the past two years he has traded there.

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Ridley is the ten-year-old son of Macclesfield auctioneer Adam Partridge, and is the youngest of the 45 dealers - with the oldest being John Weston at 80 who travels to Spain in his old Mercedes to sell antiques - at the Victoria Mill Antiques and Collectors' Centre in Congleton, originally a ribbon factory.

Adam told me that Ridley has been dealing here for two years, ever since Adam was asked by the owners to give his advice on opening the centre.

He said: "I was asked if I would like a unit and while that was not possible, Ridley jumped at the chance. He sells all sorts, including cricket bats, Wisdens and violins; pieces he picks up at fetes and car boots, but he also collects and sells paperweights.

"His finest moment, and of which I am also very proud, is that a paperweight he found at a charity shop turned out to be by Paul Ysart and we sold it for £500. Straight into Ridley's bank account that went.

"The lovely thing for Ridley is that he has all these honorary grandparents turning up bringing him things to sell."